Publication Date: 1967
Challenges: Heart of a Child Challenge #1
I remember reading this book several times when I was a kid. Several of my fellow bloggers have read it over the past couple of years and every one of their posts made me want to pick it up again. I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it as much as an adult as I did as a kid, but decided to give it a re-read.
Claudia is a Connecticut 12 year old who decides to run away temporarily so that her family will have the chance to learn some “Claudia appreciation”. Oh could I ever relate to that as a kid. Anyway, rather than simply run away from home, Claudia plans to run away TO somewhere. That somewhere has to be beautiful and indoors, so she chooses The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Claudia also takes her younger brother Jamie along with her (partly for company and partly for his money).
This book is still an enjoyable read. I could relate to both Claudia and Jamie at different times. Yes, the runaway and hide in the museum storyline is even more unrealistic than it was in 1967, but it’s still a fun adventure to think and read about. I really think that the mystery of the Angel statue in this book may have been the beginnings of my lifelong love of mystery stories.