by Chelsea Grant, Lehigh University

This webquest is for students reading "From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler". It will help them to get acquainted with some of the ideas and places in the book.


Claudia and Jamie are brother and sister. They are part of a busy family and Claudia feels as if she is never noticed or cared about. She feels as if life is nothing but tyranny with constant orders from her mother and father. Claudia decides to run away to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. When this idea finally penetrates into Jamie's head, he thinks that she is crazy. Claudia finally talks her brother into going with her, using an unused ticket to New York City that was thrown away by mistake.

Once Claudia and her brother are on their way, they decide that they complement each other. They are two different people but together, they can do almost anything. One problem is that Jamie thinks Claudia is narrow-minded because she always thinks her way is the best. She wants to take a taxi to get around while Jamie would rather save money and walk. When they do walk around, though, Claudia gets fatigued and starts to perspire. When they are at the museum, they must be inconspicuous so that no one will notice them.

It is in their nightly explorations that they find a mystery to be solved involving a statue. Can they solve it? Will they ever go home again? To find out, read From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.