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. 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, priced at $6,000.00 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 page’s 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!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the sixth stop on our New York Trail!