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Family

In From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Claudia and Jamie stick together through thick and thin, and it's not because they love being around each other all the time. Nope. Even tho...

Dissatisfaction

This one's definitely for Claudia, who from the very beginning of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is bored to death with her suburban, childhood life. We get the sense that Cla...

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans

Running away from home is like a pipe dream to the typical kid—fun to think of when you're mad at your parents, but kind of hard to execute in real life. Well, in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs....

Wealth

Money, money, money. For a book about kids who make mere cents per week (literally) in allowance, there's sure a lot of mention of cash going around in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Fran...

Art and Culture

What better place to talk about art and culture than within the walls of the very famous Metropolitan Museum of Art? In From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the Met opens a door to...

Truth

Like Bruce Wayne searching for the truth behind his parents' death, Claudia and Jamie set out on a single-minded quest. But while Bruce Wayne becomes the hero we know as Batman, Claudia and Jamie j...

Freedom and Confinement

If you read about how Claudia sees her home life at the beginning of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, you'd think that she was stuck in a prison instead of just living a normal...

Youth

Ah, to be young, free, and careless. (Actually, we still are, and it's awesome.)In From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Claudia and Jamie are young and free, at least—though not...
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