From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E.L. Konigsburg

Can it really have been 35 years since Claudia and her little brother, Jamie, first... read more

Can it really have been 35 years since Claudia and her little brother, Jamie, first took up residence in the Metropolitan Museum of Art? A lot has changed in New York City since Konigsburg’s 1968 Newbery winner was first published but the story itself about a young girl’s search for identity has certainly stood the test of time. This special 35th anniversary edition includes an extremely thoughtful and characteristically witty afterword by E. L. Konigsburg in which she talks about some of the changes that have occurred since the book was first published. “Olivetti no longer has a typewriter on a stand outside a building on Fifth Avenue. Olivetti no longer makes manual typewriters. (Does anyone?) The Donnell Branch Library on 53rdStreet still caters to children – even though the card catalog Claudia and Jamie used has gone the way of the manual typewriter.” Also included in the back matter is a copy of the letter of acceptance the author received from her editor Jean Karl back in 1966, and a dialogue between Jamie and Claudia about the Newbery Medal which was specially written for attendees at the 1968 Newbery-Caldecott Awards banquet. (Age 9-13)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003

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