Written by Lois Lowry; Illustrated by Diane deGroat
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, Ages 11-14
The story is about a twelve-year old girl named Anastasia who
is adjusting to the move from the city of Boston to the suburbs. Anastasia is
initially unhappy with the idea of moving because she is afraid that people
would not like her because she is from the city. However, Anastasia comes to learn
that life and the people in the suburbs is not what she thought it was to be.
She eventually adjusts to the move, and finds happiness in the new, unexpected
friendships with the people that she meets.
The story is told in a third-person limited point of view
with insight from the perspective of Anastasia.
The cover of the book appears to have been hand-drawn. It is
colorful, and it depicts a scene of the character of Anastasia appearing to be
thoughtfully reflecting on her family's move while sitting on the moving boxes.
The rest of the book has very few pictures which appear at the beginning of
each chapter in black and white.
I really liked the book. It was an easy read, and I think it
is relatable to many kids who have had to adjust to a move or any other type of
similar situation. The book really captures and creatively depicts the
perspective of a pre-teen girl. I would recommend this book to older kids
because it does mention topics such as sex that some people might feel is
inappropriate for younger kids to read.
Review by Christine McBride