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Banned Book Review: Anastasia Krupnik (series)

November 28, 2005

29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry

Reason: Profanity or Inappropriate Language

Anastasia is a 10 year old girl growing up in a typical two parent household.  In the first book, she learns that her mother is pregnant, explores Catholicism, and examines the life and death of her grandmother.  The books are written in a easily accessible style but littered with clues to deeper life stories that play out over the course of the series.  There is also a complimentary series written about the little brother who is born at the end of the first book which deals with issues faced by growing boys.  Young readers may find the setting of the book somewhat dated (such as when the father discusses growing up in the depression), but the lessons are not dependent on the setting.  There are a few curse words, a potential inter-racial relationship, and Anastasia’s parents are pretty direct when answering some of Anastasia’s more probing questions.  One of the major complaints I noticed when doing research on the first book was that the plot isn’t very coherent, which I didn’t notice.  I suppose the idea that a quirky ten year old might have a one chapter attention span for drama didn’t really strike me as odd.  Recommended for ages 9-12.

And be sure to check out this interesting article on a school district that banned one of the Anastasia books:  School Committee Votes to Ban Lowry Book

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