Show and Tell Sunday: Anastasia series (and a Sam book) by Lois Lowry
I’ve already raved about how much I love the young feminist Anastasia in a previous post. I went home last weekend and unearthed the other Anastasia books in my collection. All from Booksale! I hope I can also complete the Sam series.
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Show and Tell Sundays: Anastasia and Sam by Lois Lowry
When I was around 11, my mom gave me a battered copy of Lois Lowry’s Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst which she got from Booksale. It was love at first sight. Here was a spunky, smart teenage girl who asked advice from a bust of Freud. The book was peppered with quirky illustrations and little lists and notes about her science project which involved hamsters. It was very different from the usual young adult book which usually failed the Bechdel test, so I was enamored with Anastasia. Anastasia also has a younger brother named Sam, and at that time, I think we were the same age, with my brother the same age as Sam. I thought it was such a cosmic coincidence. Years later I’d read a Sam book and be even more in love with the Anastasia and Sam series. In the Sam book, Sam wants to concoct a special perfume for her mom’s birthday and he’d be filling a jar with water and scents that his mom loves: The smell of his hair, freshly mowed grass, grape juice, etc. which ends in disastrous and hilarious results. The Anastasia and Sam books are witty, charming and feminist, and every now and then I’d see a book (or two or four) from the series from Booksale so seeing these three books from the same edition thrilled me to no end.
This series reminds me of the “Fudge” series of books by another favorite ya author, Judy Blume, which I also enjoy. I never outgrew my love for young adult books.
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