One Mixed-Up Night

Written by Catherine Newman

“Frankie and Walter aren’t really running away. Just like the kids in their favorite book, they are running to somewhere. Specifically, a massive furniture store. They’ve been obsessed with the Ikea catalog for years. So they make a plan, pack their backpacks, give their parents the sleepover switcheroo . . . and they’re in.

One night all on their own, with no grown-ups or little brothers.

One night of couch jumping, pillow forts, and unlimited soda refills.

One night of surprises and twinkle lights and secrets they have each been keeping—and waiting to share.

One unforgettable night in Ikea.”

-From the publisher

I love From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler so I was excited to read this book. The concept was something I felt students would enjoy. I just didn’t love it. I needed something more to the plot than sleeping at IKEA. It is a fast read though, and students will enjoy imagining what it would be like for them to be the characters in the story.

Review by Vanessa Eyre, Robert Frost Media Center
Rating: ★★★✩✩ (3 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

One Mixed-Up Night
Written by Catherine Newman
Random House
208 pages
Release Date: September 5, 2017
An advance reader’s copy was provided by the publisher.

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