Plot: Claudia lives in a suburban town of New York with three younger brothers. She feels unappreciated at home and wants to run away. She doesn’t have much money so she decided she will have to take one of her younger brothers. She chose Jamie because he is the most responsible and most likely has the most money, among a few other reasons. Claudia decides she wants to run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Her and her brother devise a plan to get their with the essential they will need and they are set, living in the museum. They roam the museum by day and sleep in the beds on display by night. One day they come across a huge crowd and discover this statue of an angel that is whispered to be one of Michelangelo’s work of art, but nobody know for sure. Claudia gets the idea that she should find the answers, so her and Jamie start investigating.
Review: After running away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Claudia and her younger brother Jamie discover a statue that may or may not be the work of Michelangelo. Determined to get to the bottom of this Claudia and Jamie start their investigation that leads them to none other than the infamous Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Winner of the Newbery Medal, this book is filled with mystery and imagination. Full-paged black and white illustrations can be found sporadically throughout the book, depicting Claudia and Jamie on their adventures, helping the reader picture the characters of the book. Well written and very creative, Konigsburg does a great job of appealing to younger readers, especially if they have siblings. She did a great job of capturing the relationship among brothers and sister.
Reading Level/Interest Level: 5.2/3-6 graders
Similar Materials: The Nancy Drew books and the Encyclopedia Brown books.
Reader’s Advisory: This is an old classic that won the Newbery Medal in 1968. It was a fun book that I think children would really like and enjoy discovering whether the statue was Michelangelo’s or not along with Claudia and Jamie.