Violin

E.L. Konigsburg and the Met Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has not been the same since Claudia and Jamie Kinkaid hid inside, trying to solve one of the greatest mysteries of all time. E.L. Konigsburg‘s masterpiece, From the Mixed-up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler, takes readers inside. (Read more about E.L. Konigsburg, 1930-2013, here: https://www.britannica.com/biography/E-L-Konigsburg.)

The story was inspired by popcorn, according to this article: nypost.com/2017/09/24. First editions in very good condition are considered extremely valuable, sold for $5,500.00 by sellers of rare books, like this one: Raptis Rare Books.

This is a great book to read in the middle grade years but all ages can enjoy it. A Facebook page called “Good Conversations” posts several interviews, including videos, featuring the author. Type “Konigsburg” in the “Good Conversations” searchbox to find them. Then, consider tracking down the 1995 movie, and compare it with the book and see if you can figure out where they hid the violin!

“I am convinced that not only do children need children’s books to fine-tune their brains, but our civilization needs them if we are not going to unplug ourselves from our collective past.” — E.L. Konigsburg

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the sixth stop on our New York Author Adventures Trail!

Patricia Smart