For every child who ever dreamed of running away, here is the perfect book. Claudia runs away with her brother in tow to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. As with most plans, the unexpected pops up in the form of a mysterious statue. Imagine living in this wondrous museum and having a mystery to solve to boot. Their search leads them to the one and only Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
As Claudia and brother Jamie figure out where they will hide their pajamas, how much money to spend on breakfast, lunch and dinner, Claudia will be quietly and deeply solving another mystery. She has run but not away from something. She's actually running toward something and that something is a new version of herself. This is a self she could not find in her home with all of her siblings and all of her chores and responsibilities. There had to be more and she went to find that next higher level and those hidden facets to be treasured in the enormous hall of very special things known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This is a wonderful book for mirroring to children that they too have those hidden possibilities within and that they might need venture into some unknown territory to reveal their own secrets for themselves. 162 pages plus an Afterword Ages 9-13
This book is the winner of the 1968 Newbery Medal.