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Anastasia Has The Answers (1987)

Anastasia Has the Answers (1987)

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3.82 of 5 Votes: 4
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0440400872 (ISBN13: 9780440400875)

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In the sixth Anastasia Krupnik book, the protagonist has a full plate, like she always does. Her Uncle George just lost his wife to salmonella poisoning and Anastasia doesn’t believe in wasting time setting him up with a new love interest. He does look like Clark Gable, after all. Also, there are so many single women around them.On the school front, Anastasia has a crush on her female gym teacher, but she feels awkward because she’s the only girl in class who can’t climb a rope to reach the ceiling. She’ll practice at home, in her garage, so she can impress Ms. Willoughby. Then there’s a group of foreign educators who will be visiting her school soon. She’s going to memorize a poem, so when the teacher calls on her during the visitation she’ll be ready to knock the guests' socks off. Anastasia makes a mess of things, like she always does, but it’s in the spirit of humor and learning important lessons. This book wasn’t as funny as other books in the series, but I did enjoy all the things Anastasia went through. She’s one busy young lady. This is a 3.5 for me, but I’ll go ahead and give it a 4.

This series goes on and on, which is fine with me. All of these books so far have been easy and enjoyable reading.This installment seems a little more modern. Anastasia has a big crush on her (female) gym teacher. That's a pretty modern issue for a book for kids to tackle. Her mom assures Anastasia that her crush on a female teacher is not so weird. Of course, there is no mention of bisexuality or homosexuality or fluid sexuality, which was a bit of a disappointment. This could have been a real teaching/learning moment. But I guess that would have been a bit much for a book for kids.Also in this installment, one of Anastasia's closest friends is having some problems because her parents are split up and probably getting a divorce. The friend uses a lawnmower to put a Nazi symbol in their front lawn and gives a risque performance at a school talent show. Whoa!Of course, in the end, everything turns out well for Anastasia.

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Quel plaisir de retrouver ce roman, dont la série a marqué mon adolescence.Anastasia et ses copines cherchent les réponses drôles aux problèmes qui concernent toutes les filles de leur age : comment gérer le divorce de leurs parents, impressionner une délégation en visite dans leur collège et apprendre à monter à cette maudite corde lisse.Dans la même veine que la reine du genre Judy Blume, Lois Lowry crée des personnages très attachants, tant les adultes qu'Anastasia et ses copines et aborde avec simplicité tous les sujets, y compris plus graves comme le deuil ou l'homosexualité...Ces livres mériteraient qu'on reparle d'eux !!

Anastasia decidedly does not have the answers. Anastasia's Aunt Rose dies, which is dealt with rather insensitively and cavalierly by both the author and her characters, and Uncle George comes to stay with the Krupniks for a while. Anastasia wastes no time in trying to set him up with eligible females. Another subplot to the story is that most of the females Anastasia knows are man-less, something Anastasia sees as quite the travesty. For such a notably humanist author, this is a rather sexist worldview. The final thread of the story is that Anastasia is incapable of climbing a rope in gym class. This is prominent on the cover of every edition of this book, but largely a non-story. Anastasia can't climb a rope. She practices quite a lot, then learns to climb the rope. Obviously.Really, as much as I like the Anastasia books, I was not pleased with this one at all.

** spoiler alert **Anastasia kaget melihat pakdhenya ternyata mirip pria idamannya, Clark Gable, yang menjadi aktor utama di film Gone with the Wind. Lengkap dengan quote favorit, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Wkwkwk. Langsung sibuk dia mau menjodohkan pakdhenya yang baru saja ditinggal meninggal istrinya. Korban pertama, tetangga kesayangannya, Miss Gertrude Stein. Ms Stein menolak karena tau diri. Yang kedua, mamahnya Daphne yang baru saja bercerai. Ternyata mamah Daphne bersikap dingin dan sombong :D.Ih suka, di buku ini akhirnya Lois Lowry kembali menghadirkan tokoh2 lalu yang pernah jadi 'peran utama', selain Anastasia tentunya. Gertrude Stein, dan Daphne. Sesungguhnya, aku menanti-nanti hadirnya mereka kembali wkwk.Catatan akhir bab di buku ini tentang laporan Anastasia, sang jurnalis.Setelah di buku-buku yang lalu diceritakan kalau cita-cita Anastasia sering tak kesampaian (balet, dan lain-lain), akhirnya di buku ini diceritakan bahwa Anastasia ulet berjuang dan berhasil mencapai cita-citanya: membuat bangga Miss Wilhelmina Willoughby dengan menaklukkan olahraga panjat tali.(Kindle#2Book#10)

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