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Anastasia's Chosen Career [Hardcover]

Lois Lowry
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Oct. 26 1987 Anastasia
In her seventh adventure, the irrepressible Anastasia decides that charm school is the answer to her career dilemmas.

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From Publishers Weekly

The irrepressible and fun-loving Anastasia Krupnik is back in her seventh book. This time she's agonizing about a school assignment that requires her to write about her "future career." But Anastasia doesn't know what she wants to do when she grows up. The answer to this dilemma, she figures, is to enroll in a modeling course, where she will develop the needed self-confidence to explore future careers. At Studio Charmante, the course instructors are not quite what Anastasia expects, and she meets a unique group of teenagers, all of whom have enrolled in the class for different reasons. Lowry has written deftly of a more mature Anastasia, one who is still inquisitive, thoughtful and funny, but who is also beginning to travel a little further from home and to confront a world that isn't as secure as the Krupnik house in Cambridge. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 4-8 Back for her seventh appearance, Anastasia Krupnik is feeling all the gawky awkwardness of her seventh-grade height. A winter vacation assignment to write about ``My Chosen Career'' prompts her to sign up for a week-long modeling course on the strength of an ad promising increased poise, confidence, and maturity. The modeling school provides her with a new friend, feisty Henry Peabody (``Call me Henrietta and you die''); a new view of nerdy Robert Giannini, who rises to the occasion when a hero is called for; and some fresh insights into her own resourcefulness. Lowry, a skilled observer of adolescence, knows Anastasia to be both generous and realistic. In Henry Peabody Lowry adds another to her list of unforgettable characters, and Henry is responsible for a good part of Anastasia's education during this vacation week. It is she who insists, ``You quit planning on a rich husband, Anastasia. You're gonna get rich on your own. You and me, if we want husbands, fine. But we won't need them.'' Lowry gives readers a fine mixture of wit and wisdom, offering funny adolescent dialogue that is true to their interests and language, and the insight of an affectionate and perceptive observer of the human scene. It is a mixture far too scarce in contemporary literature for early adolescents, who respond to the thoughtful, reflective side of Anastasia as well as the flip side. Dudley B. Carlson, Princeton Public Library, N.J.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Anastasia's Chosen Career May 3 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Have you ever thought about what you would like to be when you grow up? Anastasia Krupnik is a 13-year girl (the main character in this story) who wants to be a fashion model. Her dad, Dr. Krupnik wants her to own her own bookstore. If you read this book, you will learn that Anastasia has many funny adventures and meets new friends. Like riding the bus into the city by herself and meeting Henry Peabody. To find out if Anastasia will be a model or a bookstore owner you should read this book. Take my word for it this book is funny, but you make the decision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANASTASIA...Great Series!!!!!!!!!!! Dec 12 2002
By Linda
Format:School & Library Binding
This book is written in a fun, readable manner and is totally enjoyable.Though if I had to complain about something it is this....In any novel,even if the characters are having a hard time,you like to feel,"Yes I could like living in THEIR world for a while."..However,Anastasia's town seems boring,and her modelling school is utterly tacky and cheap and dull and,like,gave me the feeling of "Oh I would never go there." and a novel should always do the opposite to that.And they usually do.But all that aside,it was very good!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anastasia: Glamorous Model Or Bookstore Owner? March 31 2000
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Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book because Anastasia follows her dream...sort of. At the beginning, she's not even sure if she wants to be a bookstore owner...but is considering modeling... I've always liked the Anastasia books, such as Anastasia at This Address and Anastasia on Her Own, but this book has an artistic flare all its own. I haven't yet read another book when a girl changes this much from beginning to end. She gets something out of going to the other side of Boston, but not at all what she expected!
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