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About the Author
Lois Lowry is the author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver. Her first novel, A Summer to Die, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry lives in Maine.
- Publisher : Clarion Books (January 6, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0544336682
- ISBN-13 : 978-0544336681
- Reading age : 10 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 700L
- Grade level : 5 - 7
- Item Weight : 4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.13 x 0.46 x 7.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #123,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Each chapter is a mostly self-contained mini-story that combines with the others to make a composite novel. They concern things like discovering a new wart, falling in and out of love, working hard on a poem she receives an F for, deciding (briefly) to become a Catholic, coming to terms with her unusual name, spending Thanksgiving with her parents and her 92-year-old grandmother, asking her parents about their past love affairs, learning that she’s going to get a little brother, visiting one of her university professor father’s literature classes, and ultimately having to start coming to terms with life and death, which involves making important memories, which involves cultivating her Wordsworthian “inward eye which is the bliss of solitude,” which involves seriously decreasing the list of things she hates in favor of things she loves, which culminates in her perfect naming of her baby brother.
It is a fast-reading, amusing, moving, concise, and at times potent novel that does more with less. There was one point in the middle that moved me to tears (when Anastasia says she hates that her grandmother has to get old), many points that make me chuckle (like when Anastasia chooses for her Catholic name “Perpetua”), a few points that would probably make kids laugh (like when one of her father’s students says, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” is “a crock of --“ and Anastasia notes that she heard her father say that same (missing) word earlier that day “when he realized that his pen had leaked ink on the pocket of his favorite shirt”), some points that make me think the characters are too articulate and witty (as when her mother mentions having played Monopoly when she was ten with the first boy she loved, so Anastasia asks, “Did Edward Mark get into building hotels?” so her jealous father asks, “If you were going to get involved with a hotel magnate. . . why didn’t you make it Conrad Hilton”), and one point that makes me cringe (like the way the object of Anastasia’s crush, the afro-styled 6th grade African American Washburn Cummings walks around stereotypically “bouncing an imaginary basketball and wiggling his hips,” though it is nice that Lowry depicts the object of her white heroine’s transitory affections as being a person of color).
And I thought the chapter in which Anastasia writes a poem was unconvincing: Her classmates’ grade A poems are too obviously trite, like one boy’s that goes, “I have a dog whose name is Spot./ He likes to eat and drink a lot,” while her poem is too e. e. cummings-esque and accomplished for a ten-year-old (even one who’s the daughter of a professor/poet and a painter!):
hush hush the sea-
soft night is aswim
To them move smooth
n the moistly dark
here in the
But there are more moments that sound like the pure expression of an intelligent and thoughtful ten-year-old girl and make the novel rewarding to read, like this: “’Boy,’ said Anastasia, ‘you know what I wish? I wish that everybody who loved each other would die at exactly the same time. Then nobody would have to miss anyone.’”
Fans of Lowry’s more famous works should read this earlier one.
Everything was so real, as if I were in Anastasia's head. This book seemed deeper than the books that come later in the series, since they're more comical and lighter than this one. I loved Anastasia and her parents. It was also fascinating reading about Anastasia minus Sam, since her little brother is a major player in the rest of the series.
Though this is a children's book and the writing is not overly complex, the stories are mature enough to be interesting to an older reader as well. I particularly enjoyed Anastasia's parents, even more so when I read the books as an adult-- I thought my parents were great but if I had to choose fictional parents, it would have been the Krupniks, no question, and I hoped to be a parent like them someday.
It surprises me these books aren't better known. Definitely worth the investment.