I have a little confession to share about Lois Lowry. Even though she wrote one of the most influential novels of our time: The Giver,
(I mean seriously, every dystopian novel written since 1995 is striving to live up to this level of excellence.)
AND she wrote one of the most heart-wrenching, but amazing books about the Holocaust: Number the Stars,
My favorite books by Ms. Lowry are about a 10 year old girl named Anastasia Krupnick.
Oh how I wanted to be Anastasia when I was a preteen. She was simply awesome: ambitious, feisty, smart, funny, inquisitive, and a writer. There's even a bit of romance which now makes me giggle, but at the time sent my romantic heart aflutter.
I believe Anastasia Krupnik will appeal to young preteen girls
because they will be able to see parts of themselves in her. They will be
able to relate to crushed dreams, to being teased by other students, to
not having the same type of clothing as others have, to learning that
one will no longer be the only child, and even to the death of a close relative. And they will be able to take
with them the lessons that Anastasia learned from her fourth-grade
Lois Lowry created one of the best fictional preteen girls I've ever read, and I treasured this series for a long time. While I definitely think the Anastasia books are geared towards girls 8 and older, it is one not to be missed!
....and oh yeah, don't let them miss The Giver and Number the Stars either! ;-)