From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.
Book Worms Discussion Date: February 16, 2012
- Why does Claudia pick Jamie to run away with? What do you think Claudia was running away from?
- Why does Mrs. Frankweiler say that flattery is an important machine? How does Claudia use this on Jamie?
- How would you describe Claudia’s escape plans?
- Why does Mrs. Frankweiler identify with Claudia?
- How do you think Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid felt when Claudia and Jamie ran away?
- Who is telling the story? To whom is she telling it?
- How does the New York Times article connect Claudia and Jamie to Mrs. Frankweiler?
- How do you feel about the way Jamie wins in cards against Bruce? How do you think friends should treat one another?
- How do Claudia and Jamie get more money?
- Why is the dust under a bed in the museum important to Claudia and Jamie?
- Why is the letter from the museum a disappointment?
- How does Claudia keep Jamie from going home?
- Why doesn’t Claudia want to tell Mrs. Frankweiler where they were hiding?
- Why are Mrs. Frankweiler’s files mixed up?
- Why does Jamie suggest that they go home after they get the museum’s letter? Why does Claudia want to stay?
- Why do Mrs. Frankweiler and the children get along so well?
- How does Mrs. Frankweiler help both Claudia and Jamie get something they want?
- Why isn’t a secret much fun if no one knows you have it?
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