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Anastasia at Your Service (Anastasia Krupnik #3)

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Twelve-year-old Anastasia has a series of disastrous experiences when, expecting to get a job as a lady's companion, she is hired to be a maid.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 25th 1982 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1982)
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I remember LOVING this book as a middle schooler in the 80s, and googled it to see if I'd still like it as a 40 something. I gasped when I saw that Lois Lowry wrote it, and immediately purchased it to re-read.

And it made me love not just Lowry even more, but my young self for loving this book. Page one has our heroine Anastasia so bored/depressed that she's re-enacting death scenes from literature (Romeo and Juliet, Little Women, Charlotte's Web) - sweet! It's also the first time a joke in a boo
Jun 18, 2011 Jenne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: jf
I forgot how funny this was!
Ah, the old Anastasia books. I missed some of them when I was reading these Lois Lowry favorites as a kid, so I wanted to go back and read them. This was a cute one from when Anastasia was twelve. It's mostly about how she expected to get hired as an old woman's companion and get paid tons of money just to keep her company, but getting disappointed when she's hired for babysitting wages and put to work in the kitchen. I like her funny little fantasies, and how she makes so many of her problems w ...more
Julie Decker
Anastasia is a precocious and quirky twelve-year-old, and this summer, she's lonely and bored. To make some money and avoid keeling over from lack of entertainment, she decides to fulfill one of her fantasies and offer her companionship to an old woman who needs a helper. But her visions of serving tea and becoming a trusted assistant are dashed when the person who actually hires her just turns her into kitchen help, and what's worse is that the woman's granddaughter is her own age and she's stu ...more
Aku suka banget serial Anastasia Krupnik ini. Gaya bertutur Lois Lowry serta tema cerita yang realis benar-benar sesuai dengan selera bacaanku. Ya, ini memang buku cerita remaja, tetapi kurasa ini sebuah buku yang keren yang akan membuatku ketagihan membacanya. Buktinya aku terus mengikutinya sampai judul ketiga terjemahan Indonesianya. Seluruhnya, serial ini terdiri dari 9 judul. Aku sih berharap betul semua judul tersebut diterbitkan di sini.

Keluarga Krupnik, menurutku, adalah model keluarga m
Libur sekolah yang masih panjang. Uang saku yang pas-pasan (bahkan kurang). Bosan melanda. Apa yang harus Anastasia lakukan? Gadis unik dan cerdik anak Pak Krupnik ini punya ide menarik untuk menambah uang sakunya: menjadi pendamping. Pendamping? Iya, maunya sih Anastasia menjadi pendamping wanita kaya berusia lanjut. Di mana tugasnya hanya membacakan buku, menyediakan teh, menemani berjalan-jalan….

Saat seorang wanita tua kaya raya bernama Ferris Bellingham merespon iklan yang Anastasia sebarkan

"Twelve-year-old Anastasia has a series of disastrous experiences when, expecting to get a job as a lady's companion, she is hired instead to be a maid." (From Amazon)

I enjoyed this series as a kid along with Judy Blume and Paula Danziger.
This girl is my spirit animal, as the kids say. And it's fun to come back to this as a grown-up, since I'm now recognizing the references to Fellini and understand what a freaking debacle is. Awesome fun and a trip down memory lane.
Anastasia at Your Service picks up right where the last one left off. The summer is endlessly boring now that her only friend has gone off to camp. And Anastasia's poverty-stricken. She decides that she will become a Lady's Companion to a rich old lady. She gets a job immediately, but there's a mix-up--she's working as a *maid*!!! And her new employer has a granddaughter Anastasia's age; so now a possilbe friend will only know her as a lowly maid. Anastasia's problems are never-ending, it seems. ...more
Jenny Perron
I was laughing on the very first page. A fan of the Giver series, I decided to read some of Lois Lowry’s other works. I thought it was pretty good. I found the beginning and end of the book a lot more enjoyable than the middle.

I would recommend this to tweeny girls looking for a good laugh, especially those who are a little more into reading, as I felt that some of the allusions, content, and diction were a bit more advanced.

Drugs/Alcohol: Smoking, mention of drugs, adults drinking.
Language: No.
Anatasia wanted to go to camp with her best friend during the summer. But she couldn't and she found out that there was job for her that would keep her busy for the summer. She didn't know that the job was being a maid! She did something wrong and that she has to pay for it. Will she have the bad luck for the rest of the summer? Read it and find out!

The book reminded me of i have kind of have a job in a summer and that i kind of got paid. But, i mostly spent my summers in school. so i hope this
Anastasia is just as delightful through the eyes of an adult.
Purple Iris
Not as funny as the first two.
Great great great great great!
sayang cuma punya buku ke 2 n ke 3nya.

July 22nd
H——————, N.C.

Dear Ms. Lowry,

I simply can't get over how consistently funny and good your Anastasia series is. The "bockle" woes and the rebellious minister's kid were great, but I especially liked the trip to the North End and the exploration of the father's working-class roots. Thanks for these books, which continue to deliver laugh-out-loud moments even for this grown-up reader.

Yours in awe,

~ Zack
Oh, Anastasia, the situations you get in are so crazy. In this book, Anastasia decides to make money by becoming a Lady's Companion, which yeah, sounds pretty good to me, but she ends up just being a maid. With her new friend Daphne, she nearly completely wrecks her employer's fancy party in only a way that a 12-year-old overly imaginative child can. Again, Lowry hits all the right notes--funny, sweet, and even one part so sad that I nearly cried (everything turned out okay, though, no worries).
Lois Lowry, you never disappoint. This was one of the funniest books I've read (reread? maybe? I don't remember!) all year.
Carol Hardesty
This book has a lot of memorable characters (like the rebellious chick Anastasia ends up befriending) and parts (like when Anastasia learns about her Czech roots). It's also very relatable but still manages to entertain, like the best realistic fiction should. I think Lois Lowry deserves to be alongside Beverly Cleary, Paula Danzinger, and Judy Blume as one of the first-rate authors of children's realistic fiction.
Tamia Webb
I really love this book because she has her ups and down in this book but now it is summer time and she is SO bored she has nothing to do so she doesnt have no friends to play with because her friend has to go to camp.Anastasia needs something to do so she ask old bellingham to do ladys companion she said yes.Anastasia want to go camping with her best friend but she couldnt so she just founded a job for herself.
Anastasia is back with another hilarious caper. This time she decides to get a job as a "companion to a wealthy, elderly woman." Instead, she is hired as a maid. Hi-jinks ensue.
Anastasia continues to be a very realistic character, surrounded by wacky secondary characters, getting into odd situations, but learning lessons very common to pre-teens. Recommended. (
My favorite of the series, in which she applies to be a companion to a rich old lady, and ends up scrubbing the silver. When she tries to "age" herself, to avoid running into her employer's granddaughter (the cool new girl at her school) by stuffing a DD-cup bra and putting flour in her hair, I laugh until I cry every time!
Sonya Huser
I laughed out loud when Anastasia tried to disguise herself as a middle-aged woman at her employer's grandaughter's birthday party so she would not be embarrassed in front of a potential classmate. Anastasia's parents are fantastic. I want to be like them someday!
Jose Cruz
I liked the story line and of course I liked Anastasia and her family's humor but I really didn't like Daphne.I just didn't see her as Anastasia's friend but overall it was ok.
This has to be the 20th time I'm reading this book. The Anastasia series is amazing- witty, and captures childhood innocence and family values perfectly. So comforting to read :-)
Tämäkin hyvä Anastasia-kirja ja on myös hyvä, että päähenkilö kehittyy, eikä jää ikuiseksi kymmenvuotiaaksi. Nämä myöhemmät kirjat ovat ehkä vielä parempia kuin pari ensimmäistä.
My childhood's book~

I liked it a lot but I don't really much remember how the story goes but I truly like the character: Anastasia.
In this book, Anastasia Krupnik gets turned into a maid for Mrs. Bellingham and she also meets a new friend named Daphne.
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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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