Anastasia, absolutely

Author Lowry, Lois.
Language English
Publisher
London: Collins, 1998




Annotation:

Anastasia accidentally puts her dog's droppings in the mail instead of her mother's package. When the police take the mailbox away, she is sure has committed a crime.



Subjects :

  • Values
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Friendship
  • Fiction
  • Schools
  • Dogs
  • Humorous stories
  • Krupnik, Anastasia (Fictitious character)

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award; Nominee 1997-1998 Massachusetts
  • Prairie Pasque Award; Nominee 1998-1998 South Dakota
  • Sasquatch Reading Award; Nominee 1998-1998 Washington

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0440412226, 9780440412229
Bantam Doubleday Dell (New York:) 1997.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 4.7
Accelerated Reader Points 4

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 780
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 6

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 4.7
Accelerated Reader Points 4

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 780
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 6


0395745217, 9780395745212
Houghton Mifflin (Boston:) 1995.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 6

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Reviews :

Carolyn Phelan (Booklist, Oct. 1, 1995 (Vol. 92, No. 3))
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. Category: Middle Readers. 1995, Houghton, $13.95. Gr. 4-6.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 1995.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1995)
In which Anastasia Krupnik gets a dog, attends a class in values, and inadvertently deposits a hag of dog poop in a public mailbox. "Suppose that in order to protect and save a small vegetable garden that would feed a hungry family for an entire summer, you were required to hit a groundhog over the head with a rock and kill it. Would you do so?" Anastasia grapples with this and other questions and considers herself wishy-washy because she can't come up with answers; every question raises a host of "What ifs?" in her mind. After realizing her mailbox mistake, Anastasia finds that the ethical questions become more personal. Should she call the post office and confess? Has she committed a federal offense? Will she go to jail? Her confession touches off surprising events, but in the end, Anastasia is sure she's done the right thing. As usual, Lowry (The Giver, 1993, etc.) delivers tight, page-turning prose, plenty of humor, and characters right out of readers' neighborhooods. 1995, Houghton Mifflin, $13.95. © 1995 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 1995.)

Deborah Stevenson (The Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books, September 1995 (Vol. 49, No. 1))
Anastasia (of Anastasia at this Address, BCCB 3/91, etc.) is in eighth grade now, and she's finally got the dog for which she's so long wished. In her attempt to be a responsible dog owner, however, she accidentally makes a terrible mistake, slipping the bag of doggie-do into the mailbox and throwing her mother's illustrations into the trash-instead of the other way around. She's wracked with guilt, which she examines through assignments for her Values class and discussions with her father, who is currently serving on a jury. Eventually she confesses, and she finds she's a heroine: a bomber had dropped a bomb in that mailbox and Anastasia's misplaced package had kept the device from exploding. Anastasia's still funny, but this is a shallow sitcom plot without a shred of plausibility to it; unlike her original incarnation, Anastasia here is amusing not because she's believable but because she does such stupid things, which both thins and cheapens the book. The class-assigned values questions and the conversations with Mr. Krupnik are more stimulating, but they don't blend well with the main story or provide it with any weight. Fans will still enjoy the familial warmth and comforting goofiness of the Krupniks, and they won't mind that this isn't one of their more notable outings. Ad--Additional book of acceptable quality for collections needing more material in the area. Reviewed from galleys (c) Copyright 1995, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1995, Houghton, [128p], $13.95. Grades 4-7.
(PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin (Boston:), PUBLISHED: 1995.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers 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.)
(PUBLISHER: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: [1997] c1995.(Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: [1997] c1995.))

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Series :

Anastasia series

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
London: Collins, 1998

Media Type: Language Material
131 p. ;
(813.54)
0006752756
9780006752752
9067869848
0099067869842
Originally published Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1995 ; London: Collins 1996.
New York: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1997

Media Type:
119 pp.
9780440412229
0440412226
New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1997

Media Type: Language Material
119 p.:
(J)
0440412226
9780440412229
"A Yearling book."
Sequel to Anastasia's chosen career.
New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1997

Media Type: Language Material
119 p.:
(J)
9780440412229
0440412226
"A Yearling book."
Sequel to Anastasia's chosen career.
New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1997

Media Type: Language Material
119 p. ;
PZ7.L9673 ([Fic])
0440412226
9780440412229
London: Collins, 1996

Media Type: Language Material
143p. ;
(813.54)
0006752756
9780006752752
3776929847
0093776929842
Originally published Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1995.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995

Media Type: Language Material
119 p.:
PZ7.L9673 Alb 1995
9780395745212
0395745217
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995

Media Type: Language Material
119 p. ;
PZ7.L9673 ([Fic])
9780395745212
0395745217
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers,

Media Type: Language Material
128
(Fic)
9780547345550
0547345550

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