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Anastasia's tenth year has some good things, like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother, and some bad things, like finding out about an impending baby brother.
Paperback, 113 pages
Published November 1st 1984 by Yearling (first published November 30th 1978)
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Jenne
It's weird, I didn't really think of these books as that funny when I was a kid. Anastasia reminds me a lot of myself at that age, so I probably just thought it seemed normal.

But now! I was reading this at lunch and I had to stop because I kept laughing and my co-workers were staring at me.

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"Anastasia had a small pink wart in the middle of her left thumb. She found her wart very pleasing. It had appeared quite by surprise, shortly after her tenth birthday, on a morning when nothing el
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Jess
Rereading Anastasia is like revisiting a place that you didn't quite remember you'd been to, but as soon as you get there everything seems familiar. Mrs. Westvessel, Washburn Cummings, the lists, her mole, her changing relationship with her grandmother, her secret bad thoughts, her poetry outfit. It was all tucked away in some obscure part of my brain, waiting to be rediscovered. I reread the book a few years ago, for the first time since middle school, probably, and listening to it on audio bro ...more
Carol
My 7-year-old just read this, so I had to pick it up and and reread parts. It is even MORE awesome than I remembered. How I wish I were as cool a parent as Anastasia's parents.

Also, it inspired my daughter to write poetry. Terrible poetry, but still.
Tricia Douglas
This was the first book in the Anastasia series that was read for the Goodreads children's fiction book club. I don't know why I hadn't read it before. Lowry's ability to describe in depth the life of a ten year old child made the story perfect. Anastasia is very bright for her age, making lists and actually keeping them up-to-date. Her vocabulary is better than some adults and she definitely has a mind of her own. My favorite part was when she had worked very hard on a poem for a class assignme ...more
HeavyReader
This book has a copyright date of 1979, and it 's the first in a series, but I had never heard of it until I picked it up at my library today. How did I miss these books when I was an avid reader kid? Strange!

In this book, Anastasia is 10 years old. She is smart and feisty and clever, spunky and a bit sassy, but not a pain in the neck like that Junie B. girl. I like Anastasia, I wish she had been my friend when I was ten.

I have a bunch of the other books in the series, just waiting for me to rea
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Matti Karjalainen
Lois Lowryn "Minä Anastasia" (Otava, 1986) kertoo kymmenvuotiaasta Anastasia Krupnikista, joka pohtii maailman menoa persoonallisen syvälliseen tapaansa ja laatii listoja niistä asioista, joista hän pitää ja joista hän ei pidä. Listan jälkimmäiselle puolelle päätyy - maksan, opettajan ja poikien lisäksi - myös perheen uusi vauva, josta vanhemmat eivät ole neuvotelleet lainkaan Anastasian kanssa, ja joka sen vuoksi tulee saamaan kamalan nimen.

Lowryn romaanissa hieman pikkuvanha mutta siitä huolim
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Colin
Um, a precocious girl who writes in a notebook all the time, likes lists and poetry, and uses words like jocund and indefatigable after looking them up in the dictionary, keeping a list of her favorite words in said notebook? No wonder I loved this as a child. Also, the parents cuss and are blase about it. I'm sure that delighted me as well.
Erica Sanchez
Like many of those posting reviews on this book, I am older than the 8-12 age range it was written for. This review is based only on a very quick (but satisfying) re-read and good-old fashion nostalgia.

My mother gave Anastasia to me at the age of 12, and I remember how embarrassed I was. Because the protagonist is only 10 years old, I automatically assumed it was for babies. And I was NOT a baby. I had just begun to get my period, for Pete's sake! However, begrudgingly I decided to give it a sho
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Dana
Anastasia books were some of my favorite as a child so I decided to reread this to see how it held up over time. I loved it again! She's funny, smart, and I love her family. I can't wait to pass these on to my daughter.

One complaint: the cover. TWICE the book describes Anastasia as having blonde/yellow hair so why would they put a brunette on the cover? I know this isn't a huge deal, but come on! If the book makes a point to describe something then the cover should reflect that. It looks like th
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Rahmadiyanti
Waktu kecil pernah sebal dengan nama sendiri? Sebal dengan guru yang menurut kita nggak adil? Dengan nenek? Dengan ortu karena kita mau dikasi adik baru? Senang dengan seorang cowok, kemudian balik benci? Saya pernah. Anastasia Krupnik juga pernah, si gadis cilik berusia 10 tahun, tokoh utama novel menarik ini.

Baca nih novel seakan nostalgia masa kecil saya dulu. Yang pernah sebal dengan nama, kenapa nggak sebagus dan sepanjang nama teman-teman lain, sebal dengan guru yang nggak adil memberi nil
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Haryadi Yansyah
Membaca buku ini bikin aku senyam senyum, ketawa ngikik, sedih (ketika nenek Anastasia meninggal) dan mengingatkanku akan masa kecil. Terutama kebiasaan Anastasia yang suka mencatat hal-hal yang disukainya ataupun hal-hal yang dibencinya. Dulu, waktu kecil (sayangnya aku lupa usia berapa, apakah seusia Anastasia yang 10 tahun) aku juga punya buku yang berisi catatan yang hampir sama dengan Anastasia. Dulu, aku juga mencatat barang-barang yang ingin dibeli, dan sifat-sifat jelek yang ingin aku bu ...more
Beth Bonini
My oldest daughter adored the Anastasia series when she was in late elementary school, but strangely enough, I've just read the first novel in its entirety. I love the character of Anastasia: she is wholly original, an independent thinker, but also a girl who realistically captures the emotionally "mercurial" state of being 10 years old. So many fictional girls of this age are precocious in the bratty, smart-aleck sense of the word, but Anastasia is pert in a more loveable and unique way.

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Sara
The positive: Anastasia Krupnik was and is one of my favorite female leads of all time. She's smart and funny, but not unrealistic for her age. She has a great family and most of the time she's aware of that fact. When I first read these books, I was ten, and was at the perfect age to connect with Anastasia and her feelings and small misadventures. Now, as a semi-adult, I read this series and see how great her parents were, and how strong their family bonds were, and I get many more of the paren ...more
Susann
I owned others in the Anastasia series, but not this one, so I've probably read it only a handful of times. Still holds up as funny, sweet, and thoughtful. I had forgotten how much I love her parents. The poetry parts are my favorites.

Last read: 09-03-06
Roxanne
Anastasia Krupnik is stupidly charming and these books are charmingly written. I loved them when I was a kid and went through a phase this summer where I reread the ones I had loved and a few I had missed growing up.

This first one, in particular, is really fantastic. The later ones are hit and miss, but never bad. I don't know if it is that Anastasia's family is so realistic or if her family is just similar in ways to mine was when I was a young girl, but there is something so homey and comfort
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Jennifer
This was really, really good. I figured out why it was banned in the first chapter, and it continues throughout...wanna know why? READ IT!! I would let my kids read this, but since it's about a girl they might not care. Sigh. I try.
Erin
Jul 27, 2009 Erin marked it as to-read
The Anastasia Krupnik series was 29th on the American Library Association's "The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000"[1:] for reasons such as references to beer, Playboy Magazine, and a casual reference to a character wanting to kill herself. The series was also criticized because one novel of the series featured Anastasia replying to a personal ad and lying about her age and her life to an older man; however, the two never have any romantic experiences and when they meet, the man ...more
Tredyffrin Children
Lois Lowry is better known today for her scifi/dystopian trilogy that begins with the Newbery-winning book The Giver, but this engaging, intelligent, realistic, and gently humorous series about Anastasia and her family and friends is a real winner. Anastasia is a smart, strong heroine and a great role model for middle-grade girls, but there is nothing preachy about these books. Her struggles with her loving family and her journey to discover who she is and what she contributes to the world are w ...more
Amanda Valentine
Although aspects of Anastasia Krupnik are dated (Anastasia gets a record player for Christmas, she takes a sip from her dad’s beer which couldn’t be casually included in a book these days), I found it absolutely charming overall. I could identify both with Anastasia and with her parents—many of the conversations they had are variations on conversations I’ve had with my own kids, and some of Anastasia’s experiences resonate with my childhood memories.

For a full review, see http://reads4tweens.com
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Mara
The Anastasia books (which I devoured as a youth) are still fantastic and it all began with this first one. Lois Lowry deftly creates an empathetic character straight out of my nostalgic dreams--the kind of girl I wanted to be when I was a girl, whose intellectual artist parents were fun and interested in everything she had to say, who was 10 years older than her brother (who was rarely annoying but rather a quirky quipping genius), and who managed to sidestep the true dark side of adolescence. ...more
Aimee
This is the first in the famous Anastasia series, which was a big favorite of mine growing up. I read them all out of order, but unlike a lot of series, that isn't a problem.
This first book lacks the sophistication of the later ones, and it isn't quite as funny, but it is also the most believable. Anastasia is ten years old here, and she behaves like a ten-year-old, albeit a very bright ten-year-old; in the later books, when she's twelve, she seems to behave in a fairly immature manner, despite
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Patricia
Anastasia is a precocious 10-year-old growing up in New York City. She loves to make lists, which instantly endeared herself to me. Her father is a poet and literature professor (which makes me think of my friend) and her mother is an artist. Her mother is also pregnant, and Anastasia is not at all happy about having a sibling.

She experiences her first crush, learns about confessions (and decides against becoming a Catholic), develops tender feelings for her grandmother (who has dementia and liv
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Heather
I think I read this book as a kid—I certainly owned a copy of one of the later books in the series, and pieces of this one felt familiar—but it wasn't one of my favorites, and I'm not sure why. Anastasia Krupnik is ten, and hilarious. She's an only child, living with her English-professor/poet dad and her mom, who's a painter, but that's about to change: she's not at all pleased to learn that she's going to have a baby brother. She has a notebook in which she keeps many lists, including a list o ...more
Sara Jane
I read this for my book club where we reread books we read when we were younger, but this was the first time I'd ever read it. I wish I'd read it when I was 10 because of great lines like this: "I need to start worrying about making myself some memories" or this: "These are the most important things that happened the year that I was ten: I began to have a mercurial temperament." Or all of her wart references. This is such a smart, insightful book for kids, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, too.
Lisa
Anastasia Krupnik is 10-years-old, her mother is an artist and her father is a poet and college professor. This year is going to be important, so she’s keeping track of everything in her journal. She writes everything down in her green notebook: hard words she’s learned, things she’s trying to figure out (like why she seems to be the only one who doesn’t like her teacher) and an ever changing list of what she loves and what she hates. One thing she hates is that her mom is going to have a baby. ...more
Swankivy
I loved the Anastasia books as a young girl and really appreciated Ms. Lowry's distinct writing style. Everyone's a bit too clever with their dialogue sometimes, but I related to Anastasia as a slightly bookish but similarly naïve girl who wants to be a writer.

In this one I really related to Anastasia's tendency to keep lists and how she wrote things down in order to organize her thoughts and feelings. It was really fun getting to know her in this first book.
Maryellen
When I was around this age, I wanted to be Anastasia so much! She was cool. She wore glasses like me. She didn't understand boys, just like me. As the series continued, I loved how quirky and interesting she was. My favorite was Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst, in which she got a bust of Sigmund Freud and used him as an actual therapist. Completely genious. As someone who was often misunderstood, I could relate to Anastasia on a completely different level!
Jasmine
Just reread this. Such a delightful book, and even though it's copyrighted 1979, it barely feels dated. The only things that do feel dated is that there are things in it that would not fly in childrens books today (like Anastasia's parents letting her have a sip of their wine or beer, or the wonderful name that she comes up with for her unborn brother, which I will not spoil because I forgot it and it made me laugh out loud when I got there).
Amanda Jacobs
This is one of my all-time favorite books. Not only is the character of Anastasia very funny, she is smart and she learns from her mistakes. My favorite part of this book is when she attends poetry class with her father and she dresses up like a beatnik with a black turtleneck and beret. She is always making lists about her likes and dislikes, and she always changes her mind! It's a cute book, I highly recommend it.
Jane
Review to follow..

Finally the review. I loved this book. Anastasia is a real girl who acts and speaks and real girls do. The interaction between Anastasia and her parents is realistic too. THe book is about Anastasia Krupnik a 10 year old girl. Anastasia's life is about to change forever, when her parents announce they are going to be having a baby boy. Anastasia reacts as most 10 year olds would. She freaks out and threatens to move out. But being that it is so close to Christmas, she hangs ar
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always
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Anastasia Krupnik (9 books)
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  • Anastasia at Your Service (Anastasia Krupnik, #3)
  • Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst (Anastasia Krupnik, #4)
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  • Anastasia at This Address (Anastasia Krupnik, #8)
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