For MMGM, I am recommending a classic: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg.
Here's the book's description:
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away . . . so she decided to run not from somewhere but to somewhere—somewhere large, warm, comfortable, and beautiful. And that was how Claudia and her brother, Jamie, ended up living in the Metropolitan Museum of Art—and right in the middle of a mystery that made headlines.
Forty years ago, two motion pictures, and millions of devoted fans later, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler remains a modern classic, a favorite of children and adults alike.
(Note: This description is from my 10-year-old copy of the book. Actually, the book is turning 50 this year!)
I read this book several years
ago, and, just like people did 50 years ago (it was published in 1967
and later won a Newbery Medal), loved it! There are so many things I
could say about it, but I'll try to limit myself. Firstly, the format of
the story is very interesting. The narrator is actually Mrs. Basil E.
Frankweiler, as she recounts the story of Claudia and Jamie for her
lawyer. Her frequent interruptions to tell him something are amusing,
and her narration is enjoyable. Claudia and Jamie are spectacular
characters as well, seeming like both children (which they are) and
intelligent adults (which they try to act like). The setting of the
story, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (as it was during the 1960s), is
very vivid, and its description shows why Claudia wanted to run away
there. Claudia's internal conflict is set up very well, and Claudia is
shown to change, as a person, throughout the course of the book. This
book (which actually allowed Konigsburg to become the only person to win
a Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor in the same year) is a classic for
good reason, and even children and adults who wouldn't normally enjoy
such a book will find themselves sucked in and happy from beginning to