Anastasia, Absolutely

Anastasia, Absolutely

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by Lois Lowry
     
 

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Irrepressible Anastasia is in junior high now and participating in the Values curriculum, through which students learn to make moral decisions. When a surprising mix-up occurs, she finds herself in the middle of her own personal moral dilemma. "As usual, Lowry delivers tight, page-turning prose, plenty of humor, and characters right out of readers' neighborhoods." --…  See more details below

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Irrepressible Anastasia is in junior high now and participating in the Values curriculum, through which students learn to make moral decisions. When a surprising mix-up occurs, she finds herself in the middle of her own personal moral dilemma. "As usual, Lowry delivers tight, page-turning prose, plenty of humor, and characters right out of readers' neighborhoods." -- Kirkus Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After accidentally dropping a bag of what she refers to as dog "you know what" into a mailbox, the lively heroine of this popular series is sure that she has committed a federal offense. Ages 9-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Another Anastasia adventure, this time adding a new dog and a Values class for the modern 13-year-old's coping skills. During an early morning walk with Sleuth, Anastasia inadvertently deposits a bag of dog poop into the corner mailbox instead of her mother's envelope of illustrations intended for her publisher. When she later tries to correct her mistake, she discovers the mailbox has been removed. Anastasia assumes she is to blame and that she has become a federal felon. Finally gathering the courage to call the post office to admit her mistake, she learns that she not only has the information that leads to the arrest of a mail bomber, but also that the poop parcel had actually prevented the explosion of a bomb planted right before her ``deposit.'' This effort falls short of the guffaws found in Lowry's earlier titles. The plot is pretty far-fetched and the dog-doo dilemma packs only so much humor. The Values class assignments tagged to the end of each chapter-scenarios drawn from modern life-are also a letdown. The ``wishy-washy'' responses from Anastasia and her family reveal neither humor nor depth of thought and are out of character from the Krupniks we have come to know. While children have come to expect more from this very talented author, the book is packed with believable dialogue and references to current groups and situations.-Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
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"As usual, Lowry delivers tight, page-turning prose, plenty of humor, and characters right out of readers' neighborhoods." Kirkus Reviews

"Now an eighth-grader, Anastasia Krupnik struggles with caring for her new puppy, Sleuth, answering sticky ethical questions for her classroom "Values" assignments, and owning up to a dark deed (well, an embarrassing disclosure). Walking Sleuth early one morning, she dutifully cleans up after her dog, but absentmindedly puts the plastic bag into the mailbox instead of the trash can. When the police haul the mailbox away and start asking questions, Anastasia is alarmed. Her eventual confession and her unexpectedly keen memory lead to the arrest of a mailbox bomber. Improbable? Well, yes, but the book has its moments of humor and insight. A must-read for Anastasia's many fans."—Booklist

"The book is packed with believable dialogue and references to current groups and situations."—School Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440412229
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
Anastasia Krupnik Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
623,068
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.

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Anastasia, Absolutely 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whats up :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anastasia's Idea of messing with the mail is a bit funny you think? Anastaia, Absoultley is a wonderful book, about a young teenaged girl and her dog Sleuth. Anastasia has to take on new responsibilities now that she owns Sleuth. She goes through an exciting adventure when one moring she picks up her little sleuthie's mess and accidentaly troughs it away in the mailbox. Feeling very badly when she thought that she was tampering with the mailbox, finally she had called up the post office and confessed. Before she could even finish her story, the people at the post office jumped to conclutions and thought she was the one who had been putting bombs in the mailbox. In her young life so far she has learned about her family, friends, life and most of all values! from her helpful teahcer