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Anastasia Again Paperback – October 15, 1982
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Award-winning author Lois Lowry has an undeniable knack for knowing the minds of young people, from Anastasia's 2-year-old brother in All About Sam to the 10-year-old Anastasia Krupnik to the precocious preteen character in this engaging novel. Don't miss the rest of Lowry's Anastasia series--as wildly funny, touching, and loaded with personality as Anastasia herself. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter
"Anastasia Krupnik is one of the most intriguing female protagonists to appear in children's books since the advent of Harriet the Spy . . . Genuinely funny, the story is a marvelously human portrait of an articulate adolescent." Horn Book Guide
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A CONVERSATION WITH LOIS LOWRY ABOUT THE GIVER
Q. When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
A. I cannot remember ever not wanting to be a writer.
Q. What inspired you to write The Giver?
A. Kids always ask what inspired me to write a particular book or how did I get an idea for a particular book, and often it's very easy to answer that because books like the Anastasia books come from a specific thing; some little event triggers an idea. But a book like The Giver is a much more complicated book, and therefore it comes from much more complicated places--and many of them are probably things that I don't even recognize myself anymore, if I ever did. So it's not an easy question to answer.
I will say that the whole concept of memory is one that interests me a great deal. I'm not sure why that is, but I've always been fascinated by the thought of what memory is and what it does and how it works and what we learn from it. And so I think probably that interest of my own and that particular subject was the origin, one of many, of The Giver.
Q. How did you decide what Jonas should take on his journey?
A. Why does Jonas take what he does on his journey? He doesn't have much time when he sets out. He originally plans to make the trip farther along in time, and he plans to prepare for it better. But then, because of circumstances, he has to set out in a very hasty fashion. So what he chooses is out of necessity. He takes food because he needs to survive. He takes the bicycle because he needs to hurry and the bike is faster than legs. And he takes the baby because he is going out to create a future. And babies always represent the future in the same way children represent the future to adults. And so Jonas takes the baby so the baby's life will be saved, but he takes the baby also in order to begin again with a new life.
Q. When you wrote the ending, were you afraid some readers would want more details or did you want to leave the ending open to individual interpretation?
A. Many kids want a more specific ending to The Giver. Some write, or ask me when they see me, to spell it out exactly. And I don't do that. And the reason is because The Giver is many things to many different people. People bring to it their own complicated beliefs and hopes and dreams and fears and all of that. So I don't want to put my own feelings into it, my own beliefs, and ruin that for people who create their own endings in their minds.
Q. Is it an optimistic ending? Does Jonas survive?
A. I will say that I find it an optimistic ending. How could it not be an optimistic ending, a happy ending, when that house is there with its lights on and music is playing? So I'm always kind of surprised and disappointed when some people tell me that they think the boy and the baby just die. I don't think they die. What form their new life takes is something I like people to figure out for themselves. And each person will give it a different ending. I think they're out there somewhere and I think that their life has changed and their life is happy, and I would like to think that's true for the people they left behind as well.
Q. In what way is your book Gathering Blue a companion to The Giver?
A. Gathering Blue postulates a world of the future, as The Giver does. I simply created a different kind of world, one that had regressed instead of leaping forward technologically as the world of The Giver has. It was fascinating to explore the savagery of such a world. I began to feel that maybe it coexisted with Jonas's world . . . and that therefore Jonas could be a part of it in a tangential way. So there is a reference to a boy with light eyes at the end of Gathering Blue. He can be Jonas or not, as you wish.
Top Customer Reviews
Now a few years older, Anastasia, her parents, and her little brother, Sam, are a bit cramped in their apartment. Despite some misgivings on Anastasia's part (relating to her idea of what suburbs people act like), they buy a house and relocate. Which, of course, means taking Anastasia away from her few friends.
This book is kept from typical early chapter book moving angst by the addition of a crotchety neighbor, Gertrude Stein, who has been a virtual shut-in since her failed romance with her childhood neighbor and since her husband ran off many years before. Anastasia make Gertrude her project, forcing her out of her comfort zone and back into society, while at the same time the simple passage of time does the same to Anastasia, who begins to meet neighbors her age.
If your child finished the first Anastasia book and is still interested in her life, then the entire Anastasia series will be a great boon. However, while I had made plans to read the entire series myself, I think I've seen enough to pass on the rest. They aren't bad. They're just really meant for smaller kids.
Lois Lowry writes plenty of other books with an appeal for all ages ("The Giver" being the obvious example), but this book is probably best left to the kids for which it was written.
But after much anguish, Anastasia learns - of course - that everyone is unique, both in the city and in smaller towns. To her delight, the Krupniks' new house is wonderful and just perfect for their various needs. There is Steve, a handsome boy living right down the street. And their new next-door neighbor, Mrs. Stein, is a lonely senior citizen who is almost a shut-in. It's clear to both Anastasia and Sam that she's desperately unhappy, so they do everything they can think of to change her life. The question is, will she allow them?
As in all her Anastasia books, Lowry depicts realistic situations common to growing up...both in the '70s when the series was originally begun and today. There are just some feelings and situations that kids of all eras and in all places have in common.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My niece loved the book ...an was super happy to get it for her bday...plus her name is anastasiaPublished 6 months ago by D. Poniatowski
I've read this book 4 times and I still love it! I would recomend it to young girls of 12-15 who would love it!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟👍👍👍👍👍Published 7 months ago by Smoky Grips
I think this is a great book!But if you don't approve of some things like things little ones should NOT hear,I suggest you don't read this book!! Read morePublished 12 months ago by ok
I loved the Anastasia books as a young girl and really appreciated Ms. Lowry's distinct writing style. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Swank Ivy
Anastasia is going to move from the city to the suburbs. She's horrified thinking of a future involving TV dinners, homes that all look the same, and other boring suburban things. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by MS
I am an adult but I enjoyed reading this young adult novel. I really like Anastasia, her professor father, her artist mother and her very precocious younger brother. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Susan Keeping
Anastasia has to move from the apartment in Cambridge she's lived in all her life out to the dreaded suburbs! However will she adjust? Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by E. S. Charpentier
I read this I believe about 10-12 years ago,and although at that time, I was approaching my late thirties, I loved it! I found it laugh-out-loud funny at times, really! Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by B.Morgan