Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 1967
Genre Childrens
Origin US
Publisher Atheneum
ISBN-10 0689711816
ISBN-13 978-0689711817
My Copy library copy
First Read January 01, 2011

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



If you've never read this, RUN to your local library and get a copy. Trust me, they'll have it.

It was completely formative for me as a kid, and I still can't visit a museum without imagining living there.

Noted on January 6, 2011

What happened was: they became a team, a family of two. There had been times before they ran away when they acted like a team, but those were very different from feeling like a team. Becoming a team didn't mean the end of their arguments. But it did mean that the arguments became a part of the adventure, became discussions not threats. To an outsider the arguments would appear to be the same because feeling like part of a team is something that happens invisibly. You might call it caring. You could even call it love. And it is very rarely, indeed, that it happens to two people at the same time-- especially a brother and a sister who had always spent more time with activities than they had with each other.

Quoted on January 6, 2011

The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you. It's the same as going on a vacation. Some people spend all their time on a vacation taking pictures so that when they get home they can show their friends evidence that they had a good time. They don't pause to let the vacation enter inside of them and take that home.

Quoted on January 6, 2011

Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.

Quoted on January 6, 2011


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