basil e. frankweiler

Do you, too, wish running away and living in a museum for a while was still a thing you could do? (Do you, like me, wonder what the heck Chock Full o’Nuts was? And why coffee needed to be full o’Nuts?)

Smithsonian magazine just put out a lovely piece exploring E.L. Konigsburg’s children’s classic, which turns 50 this year. They talked to Konigsburg’s children, Laurie (the model for Claudia) and Paul:

“Mom took art lessons in [the city] on Saturdays, so she would drop all three of us kids off at the Metropolitan,” says Paul. “I was the oldest, so I was in charge, and I had three rules: One, we had to see the mummy. Two, we had to see the knights in armor. And three, I didn’t care what we saw. Mom would meet up with us in the museum, take us to study Impressionist or Modern art. It always made me want to puke, but we did it every weekend for over a year.”

The whole piece is here. Now, who’s for nouilles et fromage en casserole?

– Petra

These are the 100 best young adult books, according to Time. How many of these have you read?

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
  3. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  5. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  6. Holes by Louis Sachar
  7. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  8. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  9. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
  10. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  11. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  12. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  13. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  14. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  15. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  16. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  17. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  18. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 
  19. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  20. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  21. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  by Mark Haddon
  22. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  23. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamilo
  24. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  25. The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
  26. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  27. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  28. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  29. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  30. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  31. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  32. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  33. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
  34. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  35. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  36. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  37. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  38. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  39. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
  40. A Series of Unfortunate Events (series) by Lemony Snicket  
  41. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  42. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  43. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  44. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
  45. The Princess Bride by William Goldman 
  46. Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
  47. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  48. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  49. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  50. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  51. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  52. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  53. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  54. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  55. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  56. The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
  57. For Freedom by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  58. The Wall: Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
  59. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  60. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series) by Rick Riordan
  61. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  62. A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson
  63. Every Day by David Levithan
  64. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
  65. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  66. Blankets by Craig Thompson 
  67. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  68. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  69. Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
  70. Frindle by Andrew Clements
  71. Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang
  72. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  73. City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
  74. American Born Chinese by  Gene Luen Yang
  75. The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
  76. Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
  77. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  78. Alabama Moon by Watt Key
  79. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  80. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  81. Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci
  82. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  83. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  84. The Tiger Rising by Kate Dicamillo
  85. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  86. Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay
  87. The Grey King by Susan Cooper
  88. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
  89. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  90. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Steward
  91. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  92. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  93. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  94. Secret (series) by Pseudonymous Bosch
  95. The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  96. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
  97. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
  98. The Chronicles of Prydian (series) by Lloyd Alexander
  99. Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  100. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

P.S. Want to make a little more progress on this list? You can get two free audiobooks here

I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside of you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It’s hollow.
—  E.L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

my favorite e.l. konigsburg story is that from the mixed-up files of mrs. basil e. frankweiler continued to be assigned in schools for many decades after she wrote it in 1967 (and still is today, i bet–i was assigned it about 7 years ago) and someone wrote her an angry letter in like the 80s or 90s that was like “it is IRRESPONSIBLE to imply that two children can run away to new york city with only $24 and survive on their own for a week” and ms. konigsburg was just like “well that was a lot of money in 1967”

The Book Hunt: Book Recommendations

These are books that I really like organized by genre: realistic fiction, fantasy fiction, dystopian fiction, and non-fiction.

Realistic (kind of) Fiction / Romance

Dystopian / Science Fiction / Romance

Fantasy / Supernatural Fiction / Romance

Classics/ Modern Classics (books that fit in this category and multiple categories won’t be repeated)

the book hunt, part two

When I was a child, my mom provided me with the best library that she possibly could. She made sure I was surrounded by books of quality, with strong characters from all around the world—each one designed to teach a lesson, or provide an illuminating perspective.

I want to provide the same thing for my children in the future, so I started this list called “Project Library”.  I know I’m young and unattached and childless. But, in my opinion, its best to start these things early…

The way it works: The list is designed to collect recommendations from people who are already in their late teens/early adulthood of books that they remember from their childhoods that made an impact on them. Books that changed something in them, taught them something important, or were very dear to them.

The reasoning behind this is that only the most influential books will stand out in their memories from the many other books read in their early life. Regardless whether they are considered “classics” or were popular at the time or not. 

These are the books that I will be (and have been) purchasing and collecting for my personal home library in preparation for raising a child who loves to read. 

                                             The Current List:

Pippi Longstocking

The Borrowers

Where the Sidewalk Ends 

The Grey king

Charlie bone

Exit to Eden 

Spindle’s End ( sleeping beauty) 


The Thief lord, 

The City of Ember

The Golden Compass (series)

Sabriel ( series), 

Pendragon ( series), 

The name of this book is secret (series), 

Harry Potter ( series), 

The series of unfortunate events, 

Nate the great, 

Diary of a Wimpy kid (series)

Where the sidewalk ends, 

The Magic Tree house ( series), 

Goose bumps,


Catherine Called Birdy, 

The Midwife’s Apprentice,’

The Giver, 

The Giving Tree,

Love you forever,

Keys to the Kingdom ( series), 

What my mother doesn’t know, 

Kissing Doorknobs, 


The mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,

Little House on the Prarie ( series), 


Little sister/ Heavenward path, 


The Bracelet,

Time Machine, 


The Alchmist, 

A Great and Terrible Beauty

Lord of the Rings

The Phantom Tollbooth



The Devil’s arithmetic

Wild and Wooly

Tuck Everlasting

The Redwall (series)

The Hunger Games


Amelia Bedelia 


The Handmaids Tale

An Abundance of Katherines

The True Confession of Charlotte Doyle

Master and Margarita

Life of an Artist

Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking glass

Number the stars

Ender’s game

Junie B. Jones

The Egypt Game

Charlie and the Chocolate factory/Charlie and the great glass elevator

Lord of the Flies

The Outsiders

My side of the mountain

The Wizard of Oz Series

The Darkangel

Switchers / Midnight’s choice/ Wild blood

Tuck Everlasting

A Wrinkle in Time


The Whipping Boy

Hollow Kingdom

Harriet the spy

The Little Prince


The ariboolies*

If you give a mouse a cookie

The Chronicals of Narnia

Where the Wild things Are

The bearnstein bears

Judy Blume*

The boxcar children

Nancy Drew

Dr. Dog


What Katy Did


Watership Down

Jane Eyre

Huckleberry Fin/Tom Sawyer

The nutcracker

The rough Faced Girl


Barbar (The Elephant)

The Paper Bag Princess

I would like to turn this project out to tumblr and collect as many more recommendations as I can. The books on this list should be geared towards these  specific age groups:

baby-7th grade.  (ie: From Goodnight Moon to Harry Potter)

Recommendations will be accepted as comments, replies, asks and submissions  I will be re-posting an updated version of this list monthly.

Please Signal boost/reblog!

What books made an impact on you?

Fate brings you together, fate pulls you apart, fate teases you, and fate rewards you, as long as you are willing to go along for the ride.

Riley meets a Cowboy, and Lucas meets a City Girl, but will they meet again and when?

Cross-Posted to

Sixteen going on Seventeen | Seventeen going on Eighteen 

Author Note: You guys are all amazing with the reviews, comments, reblogs etc. thank you so much! Also who just wants to give Zay a hug and tell him it will be okay?

Oh, What A Night

Eighteen going on Nineteen

Zay was enjoying the unseasonably warm December afternoon now that he was done with work and classes for the day. He was sitting on the steps of the Met watching a group of girls try to do their best imitation of Blair Waldorf while he drank an iced eggnog latte.

He was scrolling through his phone when he looked up and saw Riley pacing around the steps, she didn’t even have a jacket on as she looked around for someone. Her face lighting up when she saw someone.

Oh shit.

This was it.

Zay realized Riley was about to have her yearly date with Mr. Once-A-Year.

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anonymous asked:

Im out of reading since i read the bell jar last summer. I loved that book with all my heart but im struggling to start reading again. Can you reccomend some books?


- flowers in the attic series (i read these over the course of about 3 weeks, I was so addicted to them. super dramatic and gothic, perfect for night time candlelit baths)

- from the mixed up files of mrs basil e. frankweiler (about two kids who run away and hide out in the metropolitan museum of art. im not sure if everyone remembers margot and richie in the royal tenenbaums doing this but i thought it was so rad and wes anderson got that idea from this book!)

- the silent twins (about twins who wouldnt talk to anyone but each other, would move the same - totally scary and interesting. the power of blood ties, i guess? its a true story! a lot is taken from their diaries)

- the casual vacancy (i missed the boat with this one but i really loved it, j k rowling writes so well and i was wrapped up in the story)

is everyone hanging out without me? (mindy kaling is god, i love her too much and i read this three times. shes funny and beautiful and perfect)

I hope that helps! they are what i have read this year :)

Thank You BioWare. For Everything.

It’s 12:27 AM on September 12th in BioWare Edmonton and I’m listening to Das Malefitz by Faunts. I know it’s late, but I’m sure I’m not the only one in the office. We’re shipping a video game. Non-conventional hours are understandable. I’m trying to find a picture of myself on a motorcycle as a toddler to prove a point to the Dragon Age art director, after an evening at the pub and answering emails to finalize details about Montreal Comiccon, Edmonton Expo, and Geek Girl Con.

Also, this will be my last day at BioWare.

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Farewell to Childhood Literature Month

Although Childhood Literature Month has come to an end, we at Literary Starbucks wanted to do one last thing to celebrate. We tried to write as many posts as possible, but of course with hundreds upon hundreds of requests we couldn’t get to everyone’s favorite books. So below are some great testimonies from followers, requesting orders we sadly didn’t get to, either due to time or lack of familiarity. Every testimony we read was great, but here are some of our favorites explaining why these authors and characters meant a lot to people in their childhoods:

Anon says, “Tamora Pierce was the first author I bothered to learn the name of. I read her books over and over and over and over again. I remember deliberately shaping myself to be more like Alanna the Lioness. She was strong and fearless and I wanted to be able to push past adversity as well. Now as an adult I particularly appreciate the development of the flavour of feminism, from exceptionalism in the Lioness to ‘no girls can just do stuff’ in Beka.”

Anon says, “Tamora Pierce’s books inspired me as I was growing up - with their wonderful diversity of female characters, detailed fantasy lands, and conflicts both magical and familiar.”

iunia-kallistrate says, “I’m requesting any character from The Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce. It was important to me because as kid who loved fantasy and adventure novels growing (I still do) it was the first time there were characters who were explicitly stated to look like me as main characters who were not villains. Here were black and brown children learning magic and discovering themselves and being taken care of properly by the adults in their lives. It was important.”

Anon says, “Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger were really important to me in my childhood, and set the standard for which I judge all relationships in my life, romantic or otherwise. (This got easier when I was thirteen and realized I was in love with Hermione and not Ron, but they still hold the same place in my heart.) Thanks for doing what ya’ll do :)”

toffkat says, “Artemis Fowl! At the age when it was very uncool to be good at maths there was something wickedly delightful about a criminal genius mastermind, nefarious as he may have been at first. Finally, I had something to aspire to!”

Anon says, “I would love to see a character from The Outsiders for CLM! Maybe Dally or Johnny or Sodapop? I first read the book in seventh grade – it was the first book I’d read that challenged the notion of “good guys vs. bad guys” and introduced me to more “grown-up” themes. A perfect book for moving into adolescence, I think. :)”

Anon says, “Robert O'Brien has always been a favorite author of mine. I was first introduced to him by Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, but what truly stole my heart was his (unfortunately) little known book The Silver Crown. The characters Otto and Ellen are wonderful and quirky, and the tale is engaging, mysterious, and fantastic. It captures children’s simple view of the world and impossible gumption perfectly, and encourages one to look at the world as a wonderful and mysterious place.”

Anon says, “Cornelia Funke was my favorite author when I was a kid! Dragon Rider was my favorite book. It was actually Dragon Rider that taught me just how much a story can affect a person. One night, I went to bed after finishing a particularly great chapter that ended in a cliffhanger. I was so exited that I had literally the same exited feeling that I only ever had on Christmas night waiting for santa. No other book has ever recreated that feeling since.”

last10strokes says, “I didn’t see the original phantom tollbooth post, but I love it. That book was the first present my dad ever gave my mom, and it will be the present I give to my future spouse when I decide that I am going to marry them. It’s a very special book :)”

candybrie says, “Violet Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events) and Claudia Kincaid (From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler). I seem to have always adored girls without parents taking care of their little brothers and actually making and learning things along the way. Both solved problems, took risks and uncovered mysteries. I am an older sister to a great little brother and our home life was always a bit rocky. I loved any stories where the kids seem to almost be making it on their own.”

the-east-wind-shall-come says, “Winnie the Pooh was special to me because he showed me that it was okay to be a simple bear.”

restinunvisitedtombs: 10 Books That Have Stayed With You: Kids/YA Edition

  • And Both Were Young - Madeleine L’Engle

  • Midnight Hour Encores - Bruce Brooks

  • From the Made-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E. L. Konigsburg

  • The View from Saturday - E.L. Konigsburg

  • Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild

  • The 21 Balloons - Pene du Bois

  • Danny the Champion of the World - Roald Dahl

  • Paper Towns - John Green

  • How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life - Kaavya Viswanathan

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Ann Brashares