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


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“The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you.”

As small children, the world seems static. Your parents are your parents, and can never change. Your school, your friends, your classmate–time moves so very, very slowly that everything feels eternal. A summer day can last a lifetime.

That doesn’t mean children are happy with the way things are. In fact, Claudia (the protagonist of this story) is profoundly unhappy with how things are, is always unhappy once things settle into “the way things are,” and is frustrated by the fact that change feels slow and difficult. Maybe that is, on some level, what all children’s literature is about: change. Hating it, loving it, chasing it or hiding from it. Maybe that’s what literature is about.

“Claudia’s story about finding herself, about how the greatest adventure lies not in running away but in looking inside, and the greatest discovery is not in finding out who made a statue but in finding out what makes you.”

Also, living in a museum is awesome. Just onemore quotes:

“When one is eighty-two years old, one doesn’t have to learn one new thing every day, and one knows that some things are impossible.”


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