feels unappreciated at home, so she decides to run away.
She chooses to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art because
it is beautiful and comfortable. She takes her younger
brother Jamie with her because he has a lot of money saved
up and he doesn’t talk very much. Claudia and Jamie hide in
the museum bathroom after closing time, bathe in the
fountain, and sleep in the antique beds. They settle in to
their new lifestyle, joining the museum tours. They become
fascinated by a new addition to the museum – a statue of an
angel believed to be the work of Michealangelo. Claudia
becomes determined to verify the statue’s origin. She
researches the statue and the M mark on its bottom. She and
her brother use the rest of their money to travel to Mrs.
Basil E. Frankweiler’s home, the statue’s donor. Mrs.
Frankweiler allows Claudia to search her files for to
uncover the mystery of the statue, and once Claudia’s
curiosity is satisfied, Mrs. Frankweiler sends the two
Claudia Kincaid, 11-year-old straight-A student
Jamie Kincaid, Claudia’s younger brother
Basil E. Frankweiler, eccentric 82-year-old
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City