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Anastasia, Ask your Analyst Paperback – June 1, 1985

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Book 4 of 9 in the Anastasia Krupnik Series

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<DIV>"Humorous situations and dialogue to match seem to roll effortlessly from Lowry's pen, and her characters are consistently real and believable." Booklist, ALA</div> --Booklist

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No one understands thirteen-year-old Anastasia Krupnic, least of all her parents and her little brother, Sam, who happens to be a genius. They're such an embarrassment. Why can't they be normal, like Anastasia?

Then-presto! Anastasia realizes that she has the problem--not her relatives--and she must find help immediately. There's not a moment to lose.

Though her parents insist she's normal and won't send her to an analyst, that doesn't stop Anastasia.

What will happen if they find out that Anastasia is secretly telling her troubles to the most famous analyst in the world?


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Anastasia
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (June 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440402891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440402893
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,017,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the 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 now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at

author interview

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
Okay. This book is a part of a serie of books about a teenager, Anastasia Krupnik. In this book, Anastasia has a problem. She thinks her mother's abnormal, her brother's too smart and that her father never takes her seriously. Anastasia just can't understand it. Why does her family suddenly make her angry all the time? So, she decides she is "unstable" and needs to see a shrink. Unfortunately, her parents think the idea is just stupid and refuse to even discuss about it. NOW Anastasia really has a problem...
Personally I thought this book was great. I higly recommend the serie to everybody (especially girls)from 11 to 15 years. READING IS FUN; KEEP IT UP :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna M VINE VOICE on March 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Now 13, Anastasia Krupnik feels that her life has suddenly gotten weird. Nothing's really changed -- her parents and three-year-old brother Sam are just as they used to be -- but somehow, Anastasia's filled with embarrassment just thinking about them.

Determined to get to the bottom of things, Anastasia insists on getting a therapist ASAP. When her parents refuse, Anastasia takes matters into her own hands -- quite literally, when she's at a garage sale and a plaster bust of Sigmund Freud falls on her. Anastasia takes him home, thrilled to have not only a therapist, but the world's most famous.

To top things off, Anastasia' friend has given her two gerbils, which she decides to use for her science project. Before long, Anastasia's got ELEVEN gerbils -- which she's got to hide from her mother, who was squeamish enough about the idea of two...

While this book is funny and smart, like all the Anastasia books, it's not the best in the series. Lowry always writes the character and her family well, but the plots in the book seem largely recycled from countless other books for readers in the same age bracket.
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Anastasia believes no one understands her. Both her friends and parents mention growing pains and the stages of adolescence. To make herself feel better, Anastasia buys a statue of Sigmund Freud at a garage sale and talks to him. He's her analyst.

Anastasia gets involved with gerbils. She's keeping two in a cage for her science project and something unexpected and funny happens with them. Also, her brother is being bullied and the bully and her mother are invited over. That's a hilarious scene.

There were a few things I didn't like about this book. First, I didn't like the journal for Anastasia's science project. Every time a new entry was written, all the previous ones were listed again. This made me think the author was using filler material to beef up a low word count. Next, Anastasia's friends sounded too grownup when they were discussing adolescence. Also, the gerbil thread seemed immature for a thirteen-year-old protagonist. This is a fun book, but I didn't like it as much as the other Anastasia books I've read. This won't deter me from finishing the series, though.
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A Kid's Review on January 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
"Anastasia Ask Your Analyst" is a fun filled enjoyment for sixth through eight grad girls! Anastasia Krumpnik suddenly realizes her parents are strange. How could they have change so drastically over night. When Anastasia enters her analyst and sees every thing throw different eyes. Anastasia discovers that the problem is not her parents but herself. Because her parents will not let Anastasia go to an analyst she finds her one, how just may be the best in the world! Where did he come from, and how did Anastasia come to find this analyst, read the book and find out.
Lois Lowry author Anastia, Ask Your Analyst, Anastasia On Her One, The Giver , Gooney, Bird Greene, Number The Stares, See You Around Sam, Keepers Story and Zooman Same , has written some of my favorite books. I love Lois Lowry's books so much I wish to have every story she has ever created. Girls will love this book!
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Format: Hardcover
Anastasia acquires a couple of gerbils for her science project which soon turn into several more gerbils. About this same time, she realizes she is entering Stage One of adolescence: in which one's parents become horribly embarrassing. She purchases a bust of Freud at a garage sale, and he helps her through this awkward time.
Amazingly realistic as well as enormously funny, Anastasia continues to be an entertaining read, even for an adult.
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