Newbery Award winner E.L. Konigsburg died this weekend.
I first discovered Konigsburg’s books in fourth grade when I read her first two novels “Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth” and “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”. Both of these books were published in the late 60s, but they felt relevant to me when I read them a good two decades later. I wonder what the Vachette will think of these books when she is old enough to read them. This recently published cover to “From the Mixed-Up Files…” (that I found Amazon) features the protagonists in contemporary garb, which implies the book still resonates with today’s elementary school set. I can see the timeless appeal to social misfits who run away from home, hide in an art museum, and then solve an art mystery.