File this story under the category of very sad news.
E.L. Konigsburg, who wrote the children's novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, died on April 20, according to Entertainment Weekly.
She was 83. The details of her death have not yet been released.
E.L. won the coveted Newbery Medal for children's literature in 1968 for Mixed-Up Files.
The novel is about a 12-year-old girl and her younger brother who run away from home and start living in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. They also do some mystery-solving in their spare time.
E.L. won the Newbery award a second time in 1997 for The View From Saturday. This marked the longeset-ever gap between two Newbery-winning books by the same author.
The novelist was born in New York City and grew up in small towns in Pennsylvania.
She was married to David Konisburg, and the couple had three children. David passed away in 2001.
As anyone who was lucky enough to read Mixed-Up Files as a child knows, E.L. was blessed with a vivid imagination and talent for creating mysterious situations and lovable characters.
Thanks for the great reads, E.L.!
Our thought are with her family and loved ones at this difficult time.
Source: Entertainment Weekly