Author(s): Lois Lowry
"Once there was a young girl," Anastasia wrote, "who had had, in her short life of twelve years, to say goodbye many times. Her grandmother had died. And her goldfish had been flushed down the toilet and was irretrievable even though plumbers had been called. But one day, she had to say goodbye to the house she had lived in all her life...Also, it became complicated, because at the same time she had to adjust to a new house. This young girl was not a very adjustable person." Everything is going wrong for Anastasia now that she's twelve. She's taller than everyone in her class, her hair is always oily and, worst of all, Anastasia's family are moving house. But is it really the end of life as she knows it, or just the beginning of a new one?
Lois Lowry has written many books beloved by children and adults alike, which have garnered countless honours and awards, including Newbery Medalsfor Number the Stars and The Giver. She was also a finalist in 2000 for the international Hans Christian Anderson Award and recently received the 'Best of Brooklyn' award at the 2013 Brooklyn Book Festival. She has played a big part in the childhood of more than three generations of children. Anastasia is one of her most enduring characters and a favourite of the HGE team. Visit her website at www.loislowry.com