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Anastasia Again!

(Anastasia Krupnik #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,212 ratings  ·  131 reviews

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, not to mention a cute boy who lives down the street. Is it possible that surburbia has mor

Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 15th 1982 by Yearling (first published 1981)
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Yes, I have certainly found in particular main character Anastasia Krupnik’s resistance to her family moving from their urban apartment to the suburbs realistic and as such also very personally relatable (as I myself also absolutely despised and was furious with the entire concept of having to relocate, of having to move when my family immigrated from Germany to Canada when I was of a similar age as Anastasia). However and my being sympathetic towards Anastasia’s reluctance to moving notwithstan ...more
If you haven't read an Anastasia book you are truly missing out. This is pre-Judy Blume, pre-Alice McKinley. What great female characters are made of. She has spunk, a good heart, she loves to write, and she wants to make sure she fits in some explicit sex in the mystery novel she is writing. (Oh, and Nancy Drew bores her because it's not subtle enough.) Her dad is a professor/poet; her mom is a painter; her brother Sam is a pip. He acts like the oldest 2-year-old I have ever met. There is also ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anastasia has dramatic feelings when her parents decide to move the family from their beloved but small city apartment to a house in the suburbs. She also starts to realize that communicating with boys can be confusing. But her new home means new opportunities and new friends. This series has the rare quality of humor on the level for children and adults at the same time.
Beth Bonini
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anastasia is my contemporary (in the sense that I was about her age in 1981, when this book was published), and I can read her at 45 and think about how much I would have identified with her at 12. Reading these books makes me nostalgic for the childhood that I didn't have, if that makes sense. The big "change" (and major plot point) in this book is that Anastasia's family moves from Cambridge (where her father is an English professor at Harvard) out to the "suburbs." The beginning bit of this b ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-books
Anastasia is my patronus. I wanted to be Anne of Green Gables; I thought I was Margaret from Judy Blume's book, but let's be honest - I was the smart, precocious, socially awkward, immaturely mature Anastasia. I still kind of am. If I met Anastasia as her grown-up self, we would be best friends, meeting up for coffee and discussing books and being bitingly sarcastic about everything around us. We would discuss what it is like to raise little Anastasia-like creatures in a world that has Twitter a ...more
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anastasia moves to the 'burbs, despite all of her hysterical premature assumptions, into a house with a tower (OMG, I want a tower). I laughed a lot as Anastasia made new friends (with the entire Senior Center) and Gertrustein. I love, love, love how Lois Lowry just writes things that I wonder, Are children okay with that? Do they understand it? When Gertrustein names her new goldfish Mr. Stein and explains to Anastasia about their Brief and Unfortunate Marriage, it's incredibly funny and I wond ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bedtime reading with Isaac. I'm not sure I ever actually read this volume in the series as a kid! Isaac laughed so hard he almost cried at several parts, the final chapter included. As with other Anastasia books, SO many bits that would be considered inappropriate today, which adds considerably to the hilarity. ...more
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Laugh-out-loud funny. The set-ups are maybe a stretch, but Lowry finishes them off so believably that one goes along, grinning all the way. A pure delight.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A fun book for ten to 13 year old girls to read. Anastasia is a worthy character to follow. Would recommend the series.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I don't know how many times I've read this book -- my copy is falling to pieces. I think I prefer this book even to the first one -- Anastasia makes me laugh so much. It's a story about family life: 12-year-old Anastasia doesn't want to leave her flat in the city to move into the suburbs, but her new home surprises her. It's a very charming book which avoids being twee by creating Anastasia who is angry and frequently unlikable though always relateable, Sam the clever and badly behaved baby brot ...more
Mel Murray
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popsugar-2019
I love Anastasia. I grew up wanting to have her parents for myself. This is an easy read and worked well for a nostalgia prompt in one of my challenges. Always enjoyable.
Aimee Massey
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anastasia Krupnik is back, a little older, a little wiser, and just as opinionated and sure of herself as ever. Unfortunately, she isn't quite as grown-up as she thinks she is, and her big ideas and strong opinions sometimes cause trouble.
As the story opens, the Krupniks are getting ready to move from Cambridge, where they've lived all of Anastasia's life, to the suburbs. Anastasia is furious. She regales her parents with a laundry list of stereotypes about the suburbs and the people who live th
Dione Basseri
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of Anastasia the first
After reading the original Anastasia book, I had fairly high expectations for this sequel, and while the book wasn't entirely unenjoyable, it certainly fell short of the original.

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.

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Sep 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.

This is one of my favorite books about Anastasia, in which she deals with her issues surrounding having to move to the suburbs. Her assumptions about the move are dashed when she DOES manage to fall in love with the house, meet the neighb
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Anastasia's world is about to be turned upside down. Her parents are doing the worst thing imaginable: they're moving. To the suburbs!
Once again Anastasia returns with her moody, realistic view of the world and discovers that things aren't necessarily as bad as you can imagine them to be. I continue to enjoy the Anastasia books, because I love the family dynamics. Both parents are available and interested without catering to their kids' every whim. I also really enjoy the way Lowry writes kids t
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: includes-review, 2016
I don't remember reading the Anastasia series when I was in my teens, but I decided to give this a try upon my 9-year-old's recommendation. I am glad I did. The lines are whipsmart and funny; there is a reasonably eventful plot; and I found Anastasia a likeable character (though a bit opinionated - the curse of the precocious!?). The story of Anastasia learning to accept life changes (in this case, moving from the house she has lived in all her life) is still fresh and relevant. I am glad this i ...more
Katt Hansen
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, coming-of-age
Anastasia is back, and having to move to the suburbs from the city. Again I love her, and find myself thinking that while I read these books when I was a child, I didn't gain the true appreciation for them until I was an adult. Back when I was young, this was just another story about moving and making new friends. Here I am seeing the delight in her interaction with her parents, her intelligence for her age, and also how very much a child she still is sometimes. I'm very glad I've gone back to t ...more
Juliette Simpson
Anastasia Again! by Lois Lowry is a funny book about a girl named Anastasia Krupnik.

Anastasia is horrified when she finds out her family is moving to the suburbs! Anastasia whines about how terrible it is there and she won't agree to move there. Then the day to move comes. Anastasia says good bye to friends, and boys. When she arrives, she is horrified at her reaction. Maybe the suburbs won't be so bad after all.

I really liked this book. It only took me two days and I could read it again. I re
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Someone in a class recommended this series due to my love of the Ramona titles, and I can see why. Like Ramona, Anastasia's a character to whom young girls of that age can relate; she's navigating the same concerns that many her age have. By reading about her struggles, kids learn how to deal with their own.

The Krupniks are moving to the suburbs, so she's getting used to a new place, finding new friends, missing old friends. There's humor, intelligence, and just a hint of tween drama.
Man, I am absolutely loving re-reading this amazing series. There’s a few things in this one that would definitely not be PC in our day and age now, but these books are still sooo good.

Also, I’m still incredibly jealous of Anastasia’s tower room, and the line “Mozart was still dead” still makes me giggle.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, funny
Re-reading the whole Anastasia series as an adult is SO much fun. They hold up really well, and are just as funny as I remember them being when I was little. Also the Krupniks are my favorite fictional parents of all time.
Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, own
The Anastasia books are always excellent!
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jf
"And Mozart was still dead."
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gertrude Stein! Kool-Aid for senior citizens! "The Mystery of Saying Goodby!" Leprosy! Flashing!

A true classic.
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rereading the Anastasia books as an adult is so much fun!
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So nice to revist an old favorite that hasn't had its pop culture references updated. Heh, Walter Cronkite. ...more
Jan 16, 2019 added it
The book is narrated by Anastasia who is the main character. She talked about in first person and was a reliable source because of the information she gave. The book is set in modern time period and takes place mainly in the suburbs.
The setting influenced the plot of the book by making everything clear as to what was happening. When her parents tell her the bad news about moving to the suburbs, Anastasia begins to think all these bad things shes heard about the suburbs.
The genre of the book is
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written by my daughter: Anastasia Krupnik is 12 years old and is doing pretty well considering the fact that she has a painter for a mother, a poet for a father, and a “weird” , smart, and irritating two-year-old for a little brother. Her life is going good, and she feels pretty good about herself, too, even though the jerk, Robert Giannini, seems to suddenly like her, and her brother flushed her pet goldfish down the toilet. But, will Anastasia’s life keep going on like this? Well, like in any ...more
Deep in a nostalgic reading binge, I had forgotten how much I loved Anastasia. Her adorable baby brother who makes new friends and becomes a flasher (Flash!), her quirky but down-to-earth parents who use big words and don’t shy away from difficult topics, and Anastasia herself who is smart and curious and bold but still baffled by the weird world and irritated by childhood and adolescent realities.

I laughed until I cried.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Childhood re-reads continue. This is the one I remember the most from the Anastasia series. I certainly have memories of feeling envious of her tower bedroom! I love how she gets herself into ridiculous situations, and also all the slightly angsty pre-teen drama that gets turned up a bit with this second book. Pretty cute stuff!
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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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