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Anastasia's Choosen (Anastasia Krupnik #7)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  948 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Anastasia Krupnik has exactly one week to work on her school assignment called "My Chosen Career." Determined to be a bookstore owner, she must first develop poise and self-confidence. So Anastasia takes the plunge and spends her life savings on a modeling course at Studio Charmante. She has one week to interview a bookstore owner, write a report, and complete her modeling ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (first published 1987)
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This is the seventh of nine books in the Anastasia Krupnik series, and I think I'm going to be a little sad when I've read them all: they're such fun middle-grade/early YA reads, and this one, while not my favorite, was still pleasing. Anastasia is thirteen and is bummed that she doesn't get to go skiing over winter break: it seems like all of her friends are off on ski trips (well, except for Sonya, who is unfortunately stuck going to some weight loss program and being told to eat half an apple ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Another delightful read featuring Anastasia Krupnik. This time, she is interviewing a bookstore owner in between taking a week long class on modeling. Category- juvie realistic fiction.
Elizabeth Schurman
It occurs to me that perhaps the protagonist being "tall and bony" and having "bad posture," was appealing to me when I read this the first time, approximately thirty years ago.
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

In school, Anastasia has been given an assignment to interview someone who works in her chosen career field, and to write an essay. Anastasia has decided to become a bookstore owner, so in addition to getting her father to set up an appointment for her with one of his bookseller friends, she also enrolls in a modeling class to learn poise and self-confidence. From these two experiences, Anastasia gains several things: a new (female) friend na
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Remember loving the Anastasia (and Sam) books as a kid, though didn't realise until now that they fit into a series. Dated and not very realistic (as other reviewers have indicated), but still charms and made me laugh re-reading it. Unsure if tweens today will want to be Anastasia (as I did) or find the premise (life without internet) too dull.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
** spoiler alert **

Anastasia mendapat tugas sekolah untuk menuliskan laporan mengenai wawancara dengan orang yang berprofesi sama dengan yang dicita-citakan tiap-tiap murid.

Ayahnya menyarankan Anastasia untuk menemui seorang pemilik toko buku yang pernah mengadakan acara jumpa fans. Bintang tamunya, siapa lagi kalau bukan si ayah, penulis buku puisi yang karyanya cukup diakui tapi bukunya kurang laku wkwk. Siapa orang yang mau membeli buku puisi? Buku cerita... ya, orang akan membeli. Tapi buku
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Anastasia is the reason I've been saying, "Good grief," so much lately.

I just adore Anastasia. All of these thoughts that run through her head are the ridiculous things I think. Good grief, the bus will be late and I'll show up to modeling class late and they'll kick me out and it'll be humiliating. But the bus shows up early so instead we think, Good grief, now I'll be early and everybody will laugh at me for being such a nerd and it'll be humiliating. And now I'm on the bus and good g
Katie J Schwartz
Re-reading Sonya Sones' What My Mother Doesn't Know set off a nostalgia kick for me, apparently. As soon as I finished reading it, I was seized by the sudden, inexplicable urge to re-read Anastasia's Chosen Career.

I'm not really sure why this book has stuck with me through the years. It's really not any more special than the Babysitters' Clubs and Nancy Drews that I was reading around the same time (Not to knock either of those series. I love them.). But, every now and then, some part of this st
Julie Decker
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anastasia was always a sort of nerdy, intellectual girl, so it surprises everyone--even, sort of, herself--when she's assigned to cover "My Chosen Career" and decides maybe she just might want to be a model. She takes a modeling course and learns about poise and dressing properly and becoming presentable, but this really isn't a career path that comes naturally to her (much to her dismay). Another girl in the class--an unassuming teenage girl who doesn't know how beautiful she is, really--is the ...more
A writing assignment force Anastasia to choose a future career and to research it. So she decides that she needs to develop her self-confidence in order to succeed in a career and so she enrolls in a modeling school. She discovers that being pretty does not necessarily mean you will be a successful model.
This is a re-issue in paperback of the 1987 novel by Lois Lowry. The topic is still relevant today as teens struggle to find themselves despite the demands of society to mature quickly. There
Feb 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anastasia returns to form in this volume of the series. Anastasia decides to take a modeling class to help her with her school project "My Chosen Career"...which is to be a bookstore owner. That sounds like the most excellent career in the world. However, this is also the least realistic of the Anastasia books so far. I find it unrealistic that the Krupniks would let their 13 year old daughter attend a modeling class in downtown Boston by herself. I find it unrealistic that Robert Giannini who a ...more
Sep 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Anastasia takes a modeling course, and unlike most books where the character would do this and become a star and/or excel at the class, it seemed like the real star of the show was another girl whose talent Anastasia was a bit
Willie Butts
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-353
I really like the first chapter the author uses the conversation of the family about skiing to draw the reader into the life of Anastasia. Everyone can sympathies with Anastasia’s desire to do something exciting like the other kids in their class. I think that we have all been there. The author keys on that as well as Anastasia’s girly activities to embrace little girls everywhere and slowly guide them into a connection with the main character. I think that this story was really written for girl ...more
Apr 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anastasia, thirteen still, has to choose a career for a school assignment. She has decided to become a model, but her father thinks she wants to be a bookstore owner. Anastasia comprimises and goes to modeling school and interviews a bookstore owner. She meets a new best friend and is confronted by someone from her past. The only question is, what will she decide to do?

This Anastasia was as amusing as the early books. I laughed and laughed and enjoyed Anastasia's entertaining adventures. Great b
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to share this book with a friend. I liked it when Henry acted like a panther, usually she panthered across the room so magnificently. I didn't like it when Anastasia chose to be a book owner when she grows up for her chosen career. I think that Anastasia should be a pretty, and gorgeous model when she grows up and it should be her chosen career. Becoming a book store owner is a dumb and boring job.
Erin Weaver
Kids who love Anastasia will love this addition. Lowry continues to bring the thoughts and actions of young Anastasia to life in this book. Annastasia makes new friends, renews old ones, and learns a little about herself and the world along the way as she takes a modeling course and researches her chosen career as a bookstore owner.
My favorite part in this installment in the life of Anastasia Krupnik is where her new friend tells her that neither of them have to get married when they grow up. Wow! That's pretty cool and not the first time that Anastasia is told she never has to get married if she doesn't want to. The first person to tell her this is her mom. Double wow!
Amber the Human
I really like Lowry as an author. But maybe I'm just too old for her Anastasia books? I can't really relate to this girl, and she's kind of all over the place. And it's not vintage enough to have a different viewpoint. Maybe it was just this book particularly, but we don't really get to view much of her personality.
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter was reading through this series and I picked this one up to read. I found it surprisingly amusing, particularly for the wry and intelligent details about the characters, which is refreshing in a children's book. I just wish the updated cover of the current editions did not have such a poorly chosen "Anastasia" photo.
Jose Cruz
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv
Some dated moments, but the heart of the Anastasia books is just as relevant as when I first read them and they were only slightly dated. I'm also realizing that so few newer books are this short - these manage to be fun, insightful, and wrap up a plot without any padding.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, re-read
Another one of my favorites from when I was a kid. With a change of setting and characters, this is one of the more fun -- and ultimately poignant -- of the Anastasia books. And Henry is *delightful*.


- The haircuts
- Barbara Page
- "I have a GOLDFISH named Frank!"
Granger Danger
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book i actually owned! I was 7 and when i found it i was so excited! i tried my best reading it but i couldn't all my life I always re-read it. Best memories! Thank god I still have it:)
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
better than the previous 2.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My absolute favorite one in the series.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, women, 1980s
I wonder why I have such vivid memories of this book I read when I was 8
Nov 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one had some great moments, but it felt somewhat dated to me.
Apr 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, 2009
not my favorite in the series...but still extremely lovable.
Talia Smart
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-so-fun
I think this is my favorite one
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grade-4, 2016
I rate 8/8, mate.
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"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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“Henry glared at Anastasia. 'You quit planning on a rich husband, Anastasia. You're gonna get rich on your own. You and me, if we want husbands, fine. But we won't need them. Like our mothers. My mom could do just fine being a waitress, and your mom could do just fine being an artist. They got husbands 'cos they want them. That Bambie, now maybe she'll need a husband. But not you and me. Got it?” 3 likes
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