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

E.L. Konigsburg

At 12 years old, Claudia is the oldest child in her family and feels woefully unappreciated at home. She decides to leave, but does not want to simply run away, and instead decides to run to someplace, choosing the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as her temporary home. She brings along one of her brothers, Jamie, as an accomplice and to help with money during the excursion. Once at the museum, they find themselves amidst a great art mystery surrounding a newly-acquired statue. Determined to find answers, Claudia and Jamie go on a quest to discover the source of the statue, and also learn a bit about themselves in the process. The math in this book involves not only puzzling through clues and making deductions, but also in budgeting money. Throughout the book, Claudia and Jamie must keep track of their money, determine what to spend money on, and even acquire more money (via their baths in the fountain!). Have your child keep track of their spending, as well as discuss inflation and how prices have changed from 1967 until now. What might their adventure cost now?

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