- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 700 (What's this?)
- Series: Anastasia
- Library Binding: 145 pages
- Publisher: Perfection Learning (October 1, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812401212
- ISBN-13: 978-0812401219
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,827,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anastasia Again! Library Binding – October 1, 1982
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Twelve-year-old Anastasia Krupnik is convinced that her family's move to the suburbs will be the beginning of the end. How can she possibly accept split-level houses with matching furniture, or mothers whose biggest worry is ring around collar? But her new home brings many surprises, notto mention a cute boy who lives down the street. Is it possible that surburbia has more to offer than Anastasia had expected?
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The annoying boy in her life seems to be smitten with her, but the feeling isn't mutual...at least there's a new boy in her suburban neighborhood who's cute and as tall as she is (she's always worrying about her height). Her new house also has a possible witch next door, and she and her brother Sam are going to investigate. Maybe living in the suburbs won't be as bad as she thought it would be.
I enjoyed this book because I could relate to moving from a big city to the suburbs in my preteen years. Anastasia's thoughts and feelings felt so real in that aspect. She's neurotic, intellectual, and melodramatic, but still likable. I read several of the books in the middle of the series, so it was interesting to read an earlier Anastasia book.
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.