Anastasia Has the Answers

Anastasia Has the Answers

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by Lois Lowry

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Anastasia continues the perilous process of growing up, as her thirteenth year involves conquering the art of rope climbing, playing Cupid for a recently widowed uncle, and surviving a crush on her gym teacher.  See more details below


Anastasia continues the perilous process of growing up, as her thirteenth year involves conquering the art of rope climbing, playing Cupid for a recently widowed uncle, and surviving a crush on her gym teacher.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The sixth story about irrepressible Anastasia Krupnik begins with Anastasia deciding she cannot attend the funeral of her Aunt Rose in California. Anastasia, it turns out, is afraid not only of flying, but of dying. So the Krupniks leave Anastasia and her brother with a sitter, and she must face her fears and problems without her parents for several days. Determined to become a journalist, Anastasia believes she should have ``all the answers,'' and is dismayed to discover things do not always go her way. She's humiliated in gym class because she's the only one who can't climb the ropes, and, upon her parent's return, her plan to fix up her newly single Uncle George with her friend Daphne's divorced mother falls flat. But in a hilarious ending that only Anastasia could set in motion, she not only puts things right, but realizes that a lot of people consider her very special. Funny and touching, this new book is every bit as lively and touching as Lowry's first five, and definitely another winner. (812)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 Humiliated by her inability to climb a rope in gym class, 13-year-old Anastasia schemes to overcome the obstacle and impress her beautiful lady gym teacher, on whom she has a crush. Counterpoints to the plot are Anastasia's matchmaking efforts on behalf of a newly widowed uncle and a friend's mother, her struggle to make a smarmy recitation come alive and her attempt to view life as a journalist. In fact, each chapter begins humorously with Anastasia's efforts to make the day's events fit into ``WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY,'' somehow , nonetheless , reading in the style of the National Enquirer . The language in Lowry's stories about Anastasia is always natural, but . . . Answers also benefits from this stylistic variation. The surrounding characters, from baby brother Sam playing funeral on the floor to bereaved ``Clark Gablish'' Uncle George are colorful and quirky and distinct. Anastasia manages, with some help from her mother, to resolve the rope conflict. The story's other elements fall, quite literally, into their own likely and lively places. Not only does Anastasia have the answers, but she's also at the top of her form. Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, Mass.
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"Anastasia has become a beloved character in children's books and once again she doesn't disappoint." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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10 - 12 Years

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Anastasia Has the Answers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This wasn't as good as other Anastasia books, but all in all it was a good story about how Anastasia overcomes one of her disabilities. She DOESN'T have a crush on her gym teacher, she just adores her. There's NOTHING wrong with that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are great!!! An easy read for kids in grades 4-7 (and that high up bc anastasia herself is in seventh grade) but anyone can really read it!!! It was also good for my schools A.R i have to get!
GaltXDagny More than 1 year ago
Lois Lowry's irrepressible Anastasia comes back in this fifth (I think) installment, which I found funny and charming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is nuts! A girl has a crush on her FEMALE gym teacher and tells her mom. And the mom thinks that's normal because she had once had a crush on her female piano teacher! And Anastasia thinks Salmonela sounds icky just because it sounds like a person! That book is screwed!