From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a novel by E. L. Konigsburg that won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1968. The book is a work of fiction.
(The story revolves around Claudia Kincaid, a precocious(早熟的) 11 (one month away from being 12)-year old girl who feels underappreciated by her parents. She decides to run away from home just long enough to show her family what they would be missing without her. Unfortunately, she doesn't enjoy hardship or discomfort, which rules out the traditional 'running away'. To solve this problem, Claudia decides to stay at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She persuades her younger brother Jamie to accompany her: he's quiet, but most importantly, he has a secret stash of cash, which he's accumulated by betting on and cheating at card games with his best friend, Bruce Lansing, as well as a transistor radio.
Much of the early part of the novel details how Claudia and Jamie settle in at the museum: blending in with school groups on field trips during the day to learn more about the museum's exhibits, hiding in the bathroom at closing time, and emerging after the staff has gone. At night they bathe in the fountain, pick up "wishing coins", and sleep on antique beds. During their stay, they become fascinated with the newest exhibit: a beautiful statue of an angel, suspected to have been crafted by Michelangelo. They research the statue, and discover that it was sold to the museum by a Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, who lives in Farmington, Connecticut.
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They spend the last of their dwindling money to travel to Mrs. Frankweiler's house, where they discover the angel's secret, hidden in the voluminous and erratically organized files in Mrs. Frankweiler's office.(Hence the name "From the Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler).
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There they find out that Michelangelo made the angel. (Afterwards, she sends them home in her Rolls-Royce to their worried parents and siblings.) Claudia and Jamie realize now why they had gone on the crazy trip. It was because they wanted a secret of their own to treasure and keep.)
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>>> 故事大綱是在說Claudia及其弟 Jamie因為得不到父母親的尊重, 決定用她弟弟的錢躲在紐約市立藝術館裡探險. 他們日伏夜出, 結果發現一尊美麗的天使雕像是由Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler賣給藝術館的. 結果他們用最後剩的錢找到這個老小姐並且發現這尊雕像是米開朗基羅的傑作並且也發現一些這位老小姐的秘密. 最後就是她們覺得有這個秘密在她們心中是逃出家裡的目的...