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Anastasia on Her Own

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Series  Anastasia and Sam
Media type  Print ()
Author  Lois Lowry
Followed by  Anastasia Has the Answers
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Language  English
Publication date  1985
Originally published  1985
Genre  Young adult fiction
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Preceded by  Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst
Similar  Lois Lowry books, Children's literature

Anastasia on Her Own (1985) is a young-adult novel by Lois Lowry. It is part of a series of books that Lowry wrote about Anastasia and her younger brother Sam.


Plot summary

Anastasia's mother, who is a children's book illustrator, finds out that she is being flown to California to act as a consultant for a film being made from a book that she illustrated. At first, Anastasia thinks that being in charge of the house in her mother's absence will be a snap, particularly when she and her father make up an easy to follow, super-organized housekeeping list. Unexpected events, however, keep shaking up Anastasia's domestic bliss. First, her younger brother Sam gets the chicken pox, and Anastasia has to stay home from school to take care of him. Then her boyfriend, Steve, asks her out on their first real date—but she finds out she can't go out with him because she has to stay home to chaperone a meeting between her father and Annie, one of his ex-girlfriends. Anastasia wants to plan a romantic dinner for herself and Steve, but worries that the romantic setting will affect her father and Annie. Numerous disasters—small and large—strike, but luckily Anastasia won't be on her own for long, as her mother is able to come home early and straighten things out again. Her mother's arrival brought her peace and happiness.


Publisher's Weekly called this book a "delicious" comedy and proclaimed it a "winner."


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