Monday, April 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesday 171: From the Mixed-up Files...

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!


Last week, after hearing that author E. L. Konigsburg had recently passed, I couldn't resist pulling From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler off my shelf for a reread. I found the book to be just as enchanting as the first time I read it, back in the sixth grade. My teaser comes from somewhere near the end of the book.


I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything.
 




ABOUT THE BOOK:
Genre: YA/Middle grade

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along.

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it?

Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself

E. L. Konigsburg won the 1967 Newbery Medal for this tale of how Claudia and her brother run away to the museum in order to teach their parents a lesson. Little do they know that mystery awaits!





26 comments:

Alice Audrey said...

I think I might be thrilled if my kids actually chose a museum as their destination when running away. So much better than so many alternatives.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

That's an interesting teaser. There are some books I also pull off the shelf for an extra read, but it doesn't happen so often!

Here's my teaser: Dan Brown Portal

JLS Hall said...

Love the teaser! And the book, too. I was an adult when I read it for the first time, but I know I would have loved it even more if I'd read it when I was younger.

Karen and Gerard said...

Sounds like a good read!
Here's ours: http://www.ourstack.blogspot.com/2013/04/tuesday-teasers-memoir-fiction.html

Beth F said...

Oh such a good one. Her books will live for many years to come.

Melissa Owens said...

That's such a great teaser! I haven't read this one, but obviously I need to remedy that...

My teaser is from FROST by Kate Avery Ellison.

Shelley Munro said...

I'd run away to a museum. You never know what will happen. I'd never heard of this author before.

Here's My Teaser

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like the description of how knowledge "swells up" inside us....sounds like a lovely book.

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Tribute Books Mama said...

Intriguing teaser.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/04/teaser-tuesday_30.html

Heather said...

Alice: Isn't that the truth! There are a few museums I could happily live in for a week or two. Some are so huge, that's probably the only way you'd see most of their acquisitions.

Heather said...

Thanks, Duncan. I've been doing a couple rereads a year lately, mostly classics or other books read back in school that merit a revisit.

Heather said...

Hi Joy! Thank you, glad you like today's teaser. I think the most interesting thing about reading this book as an adult is that I thought they had been at the museum longer than they actually were. Interesting how our perspectives change, LOL.

Heather said...

Karen & Gerard: It is an excellent book, one anyone who is or has kids should enjoy. *g*

Heather said...

Beth F: Indeed! Her books have become such an iconic part of childhood, with so many discovering and loving them decades after they were written.

Heather said...

Melissa: Yes, you must remedy that! It's a quick read and quite the adventure. I wonder if they would manage to pull it off today? *G*

Heather said...

Shelley: It could be interesting to be locked into a museum, alone, at night. I take it Konigsburg is not as well known in New Zealand?

Heather said...

Laurel-Rain: Isn't that a beautiful description? There is more, but I thought that was a good place to end (not to mention keep it down to only two sentences for a change, lol).

Heather said...

Tribute: Thank you, I'm glad you liked!

LibrarySnake said...

Ooh, pretty :)

http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2013/04/teaser-tuesdays_30.html

kelley jensen said...

true that! thanks for stopping by.

Yvonne said...

Interesting teaser!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

That sounds like great advice! :)

Thank you for the teaser.

I too have a teaser up this week, if you'd like to stop. :)
http://melissa-melsworld.blogspot.com/2013/04/teaser-tuesday-161.html

Heather said...

LibrarySnake: Thank you, I'm glad people like this passage as much as I do.

Kelley J: Isn't there truth in that? Sometimes you need to give your brain a rest so it can take everything in.

Heather said...

Thanks, Yvonne!

Melissa; Definitely good advice! *g*

Jenny Q said...

What a fantastic teaser! You know, I never read this book and I probably should. Thanks for visiting yesterday!

Heather said...

Hi Jenny! I'm glad you like the teaser. This is one of those books that stuck with me long after I first read it--a childhood favorite, you could say.