Because of Anya

Because of Anya

by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Because of Anya by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Ten-year-old girls don't wear wigs.

So why is Anya wearing one? That's what Keely wants to know. But when Anya's wig falls off in front of the whole class, Keely realizes what she really wants is to help Anya, even though she's not sure how--and even though it means she'll have to do something she's afraid of: stand up to her friends.
     As for Anya, she just wants her hair to grow back, but no one can tell her whether it ever will. How can she learn to accept her disease when she can't even look in the mirror?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442457782
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 464,919
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at

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Because of Anya 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Because of Anya By: Margaret Peterson Haddix Review by: Haley Mitchell Have you ever been diagnosed with a horrible disease that takes away one of your best features? That is what happened to Anya in the heartwarming story, Because of Anya by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Anya learns to cope with the fact that her hair may never grow back. This story of friendship, communication, and illness, shows what it is like to live with a disease, and a clique. Keely is a very interesting, and important person in the book. She is forced to tug on Anya ¿s ¿wig,¿ or at least that is what the leader of the clique, Stef says. Keely is a smart enough person to know that this is wrong. I found it interesting to read about her, and her thoughts. The clique consists of three mean girls. Keely, Stef and one other girl, with whom they don¿t talk about much in Because of Anya. Stef, is the leader, who everyone follows. In my mind, I don¿t understand why everyone in the book ( except for Anya, of course) looks up to Stef. They think that she is cool, and I don¿t see why! Keely turns out to be a follower who is trying to figure out her true friends are. While reading this book, I pondered what alopecia areata was. Luckily, the book answered that for me! I like that it was the doctor who explained what this ¿rare, but not serious¿ disease was. It made it seem as if you were talking to the doctor, and he was telling you. I also learned that there is different types of alopecia areata. They are: Alopecia areata totalis- which means you have no hair on your head, alopecia areata universalis- which is losing all the hair on your body, and alopecia areata barbae- were you have no beard.. I felt bad that Anya felt like having this disease was the end of the world. She would spend nights crying, and complaining. Margaret Peterson Haddix definitely gave me an idea of how miserable Anya was. I liked that it gave such a clear view. This book was enjoyable to read, because of the views that the author gave. The setting was portrayed very clearly. Same with the weather when they are outside. Although those are strong, one of the most important portrayed item is showing the peoples moods. In this book, you can always tell how the people are feeling. That always makes a page turner! There is a problem in this story, especially when Anya¿s wig mysteriously falls off. Had someone pulled it? Or did it just fall off? I found myself wondering the same thing. Keely thinks that it was Stef, Stef doesn¿t know what happened, And Anya doesn¿t care- she is too busy getting out of the school gym. I can¿t say much more without giving much away, so I suppose I¿ll conclude. Keely learns to find friends, and gain trust, while Anya deals with a heartbreaking disease. To find out how Because of Anya ends, you¿ll have to read this wonderful story by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Read on!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew a girl and she had cancer. However she was a beautiful young girl and was so sweet and cared about everybody. When she got dingnosed it was tough handling the news. She went through a number of rounds of kemo- theropy and lost most of her hair. But she stood strong and fought aginst the tumor. We visited her in the hospital often. And every time we walked into her room she always smiled the brightest smile. Months later we got a phone call from the nurse at her hostpital and she said "we came into shelby's room to check on her and there was no heartbeat." We knew she had died. I sat in my room and cried. This was such a sad and depressing time for me. Exactly one year after she had passed away, me and my family went on a walk. The weird thing was there were tons of butterflies everywhere. But everyone had called her butterfly. So i can relate to this book very well. You might be able to as well. Even if you cant it is still the most touching book ever!!!!!
Li-fe_GetOne More than 1 year ago
I have to say,because of Anya is one of the best reads I ever read. This story is about a little girl named Anya,who has a very BIG problem. She has a mystery medical condition that causes her to lose all of her hair,and a few people want to find out...Always trying to pull off her wig in front of the whole class,but in the end they become friends with her.I do think that the author could use more craft than she did,and she should of made it a little longer.I would of enjoyed that.I think people of all ages would like this book,because it is easy to under stand and has a lovely plot to it.I hope other people enjoy this book as well,and if you haven't read it...your really missing out.And if you haven't read any of the Haddix books,go get one,it will be good for you. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very touching. I read it about 3 years ago and it has still stuck with me. Jessica the bug freak
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I definatley loved reading it
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Because of Anya is a outstanding book because it teaches us kids to respect others and if others have dieses to help and not to make fun of!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will get you hooked to the end
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book is awesome! I could not put it down! I finished it in 2 and a half days! I kept reading and reading! When my dad came to pick me up from cheerleading, I sat in the car reading. My dad had to stop somewhere. I brought the book in and read. When I got home, I ran inside and sat down in the nearest spot and read. It was that good. I wish there was a sequel. This is the second book I have read by Margaret Peterson Haddix. They both were books that I could not put down.I love this book! This book is mostly about a girl who randomly loses her hair. First, she parts her hair weirdly, but then it gets worse. She goes to the doctor and finds out that she doesn't have cancer! She was so happy! She also wondered what she had. So did her mom. Her mom starts to cry. She has...
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was one of the most saddest books I have ever read! I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Because of Anya was an amazing book, and I loved it. It had lots of action, and was very dramatic. In the fifth chapter, Anya started to lose patches of her hair, and later on she goes bald. When Anya lost all of her hair, she thought her life would never get better, and most of all she didn¿t think her friends could help her get better. At one point, Anya¿s wig falls off in P.E. class. She gets really embarrassed. In this book, Keely, Anya¿s friend, helps her class research Alopecia areata, which is the disease Anya has. Normally you wouldn¿t think one person could affect a whole school, but in this book Anya does. Teachers work together to gather homework for Anya. And as the rumors that Anya had cancer and that she wasn¿t a normal kid spread, the more she didn¿t want to go back to school. This book had the best ending I have ever read. Since I don¿t want to give the ending away, I¿ll just say that Keely keeps visiting Anya, which makes her feel a lot better. Keely told Anya that she was beautiful with or without her wig. In conclusion, I¿d like to say that this was one of my all time favorite books and I¿d recommend it to anybody! I give it five out of five stars! By Shelby Age 12
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a young girl whose name is Anya. She has a disease called alcopieta acreata. Which is a disease that makes every hair in your body disapear. She has to wear a wig in hopes nobody finds out. If they know, all is lost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story I could not put it downI donated 10 inches of my hair to locks of love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its so sad! I wish i could donate my hair to locks of love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book_Worm_1998 More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters in the story! It was a great book, one of the best I have read this year. It is pretty short, and it only took me two days to read, but I had heard great things about it and decided to read it. It is about a girl named Anya. All her hair has fallen out, and she has to wear a wig. But another character named Stef, notices that Anya is wearing a wig. She wants Keely to go pull on her wig to see if it is real. But soon, in gym class, Anya's wig falls off. Keely wants to make Anya feel better, but she doesn't know how, because she thinks Anya has cancer. Anya does not have cancer, and she is not dying, but she feels terrible. Plus, Keely and her friends don't know the truth. Keely has to find out how to stand up to her friends, and make Anya happy. This is a great story, and you should read it!
LiFeIsReAdInG17 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing in every way. You could really relate to it and is a quick, excellent good read. The story of it is very clever. I don't read fast, but I could just NOT put it down. My friends thought I was crazy for not stopping! The characters are your normal, every day people, but with different attidudes. Haddix uses lots of descriptive details to make you visualize the main character, Anya, and the other characters. If you like short chapters, you will like this. I like short ones, so that's probably also why I liked it so much. I love this so much and was spectacular! :]
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is very emotional it gets you motivated to keep on reading I highly reccomend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow this book was better than i thought it would be and i thought it was gonna be pretty good to(of course it was because margaret peterson haddix is my favorite author)^_^ i defenatly recomend this book to you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It has anything you want in a book. It is funny,sad,happy, and has suprises. You could read it to your kids and I ber you they would love it. I recommand this book and rate it at a 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi my name is chloe isabella- grace mullis. I am 15 & from new york. I my self have cancer i would rather not put what kind on this but im at stage for and my self hav no hair lik anya. Once i found out i had cancer i didnt go to school for a long long time almost 2 months. I was embarrased. Byt this book has inspired me an i went to school after i read this and it got better. People with cancer shouldnt be ashamed. But even if you are going to die its okay because you know you will be in a much metter place. My doctor told me that i only had 2 months to live but i think im doing pretty good with cancer. Im going to beat this. If i had hair i woul totally donate it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a great day!! Remember some ine thought of you today!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nods. "Nice to meet you too."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked in. "Hey giiiirrrrl! F.u.c.k. me!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I'm Leona. Nice ta meet you!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so sad. I'm actually growing out my hair for locks of love. This book changed my whole opinion when girl's don't get what they want. They want that. Anya is diagnosed with this terrifying disease that she doesn't want or have a choice to get.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anya is such a brave character and i dont know if i could even begin to deal with her sitiuation the way she does, and the way that keely and the other kids deal with a classmate wearing a wig is very different but by the end of book they all feel so bad for her! But it also amazes me after all Steph has bossed her around,how keeley is able to resist and forgive steph This is a must read and i would reccomend it for grades 4 mabey even 3 up! #luv it <3