- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
- Series: Anastasia
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (July 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440803101
- ISBN-13: 978-0440406525
- ASIN: 0440406528
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,154,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anastasia at this Address (Anastasia Krupnik) Paperback – July 1, 1992
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"SWM, 28, boyish charm, inherited wealth, looking for tall young woman, nonsmoker, to share Caribbean vacations, reruns of Casablanca, and romance."
To 13-year-old Anastasia Krupnik, this Single White Male from the magazine personals section sounds perfect. And really, she's not lying when she writes to say she is tall, young, hates smoking, has seen Casablanca so many times she can recite some of it, is quite sure she would like Caribbean vacations, and is definitely ready for romance. And later, when she writes to say she owns a sloop and that she races occasionally, well, that's not exactly a lie either. Tension and hilarity build as Anastasia digs herself deeper into this embroilment. When SWM writes to say he would like to meet her, it looks like the jig is finally up. How will our outspoken, fast-thinking, SWF get herself out of this mess? Anastasia, the subject of many award-winning books by Lois Lowry, is a terrific modern role model for girls. Headstrong, independent, warm, and open, she manages to pull herself out of every one of the many predicaments she gets into. As she struggles with the changing feelings of adolescence, she maintains a good, yet realistic, relationship with her parents and young brother. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Newbery Medalist's irrepressible heroine is in top form as, deciding she's ready for romance, she answers a personals ad--with typically hilarious results. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Anastasia is long-winded and tries too hard in her letters, which is all a part of her inexperience and naiveté. As one would expect, she makes a mess out of things. SWM wants to meet her after reading all her letters and appreciating the picture she sent. This is a fun book and the ending had a twist I didn't expect.
Reading other reviews and seeing how some people had issues with this book, the time it was published has to be taken into consideration. This book was written years ago with a tone of humor and innocence. It would be something else if it were written today with all the internet criminality one sees in the news. That aside, I'd love to read more from this series.
Essentially, 13-year-old Anastasia spots a personals section at the back of a magazine, and decides to write to a 28-year-old man. She takes care not to outright lie, although she certainly omits and stretches many things about herself...most importantly, that she is an eighth-grader.
The two correspond for some time, until Anastasia's new friend tells her he will be coming to Boston for a family wedding and wants to meet her. Since he has her address, Anastasis is in a blind panic, desperate to get rid of him but not knowing how.
Because this book is part of the "Anastasia" series, the situation manages to resolve itself without much damage. However, that isn't exactly a realistic message to convey to today's adolescents, especially given all the already-existing problems with misrepresentation on MySpace and other internet sites. Things may have been a bit different twenty years ago, when this series first came out; but today, Lowry could do better to teach girls that it is NEVER okay to misrepresent themselves to strangers, especially ones older than themselves. Not everyone in such a situation - having hinted at wanting a romance and giving out her real address - will be so lucky.
This book is a must read book! The novel deals with relationships, because Anastasia wants a relationship with someone who is 13 years older than her. When Anastasia is waiting for a letter from her �pen pal� the anticipation is greatly increased. Some novels have great expectations as does this one, I expected it would deal with growing up and it did. As you can see this book is a must read.
Lois Lowry is a Must read Author that can change the way you look at things. She was born on March 20, 1937 in Hawaii. Lois has published over 20 novels, and winner of the Newbery Medal twice. Her books bring readers into many thought-provoking situations. Lois Lowry is a woman to be admired by all people.