Twelve-year-old Claudia Kincaid was the eldest Kincaid child. She was the one who did chores, who got straight-As, and who got little allowance money for all the work she did. It was unjust, and it was boring, and she was determined to change things.
Having constructed a plan to run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her younger brother Jamie, she sets up a detailed plan of hiding out day and night in the vast halls and bathrooms of the museum. When a mysterious statue, uncertainly attributed to Michelangelo, is added to the Met's collection, both children become involved in finding out the statue's story and mystery. . . leading them to the files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. 176 pages, softcover.