From Anna

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Scholastic Inc., Sep 1, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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Jean Little's classic celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new look for a new generation!

Nine-year-old Anna has always been the clumsy one in the family - somehow she can never do anything right. She bumps into tables, and she can't read the chalkboard at school. Her perfect brothers and sisters call her "Awkward Anna."

When Papa announces that the family is moving from Germany to Canada - he's worried about what the Nazis' rise to power will bring - Anna's heart sinks. How can she learn English when she can't even read German properly?

But when the Soldens arrive in Canada, Anna learns that there is a reason for her clumsiness. And suddenly, wonderfully, her whole world begins to change, especially when new friends at her special school help her stand up to bullies who call her names.

A truly heartwarming story, From Anna will resonate with any child who has ever felt left out. This 40th anniversary edition includes an Introduction by Katherine Paterson and and Afterword by Jean Little herself.


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User Review  - ShannaRedwind - LibraryThing

This is one of my most remembered books. I truly loved it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys children's literature. It's a beautiful story. Read full review

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User Review  - delphica - LibraryThing

Perpetually clumsy and slow Anna and her family emigrate from Germany to Canada on the eve of WWII. Once there, it is discovered by the family doctor that her difficulties are caused by poor vision ... Read full review


Introduction by Katherine Paterson
The Troubled Times
Awkward Anna
Papa is wrong7
Anna Finds a Friend
Halfa House
Annas Place
Dr Schumachers Discovery
After School
Rudis Meeting
Miss Williams Asks
Anna Works a Miracle
The Days Before Christmas
Christmas Eve
From Anna
Cne More Surprise

The Beginning
A Challenge
The Second Day 15
A Different Direction
Where Anna Came From byJean Little 207
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Jean Little is one of Canada's best-loved children's writers. She is a member of the Order of Canada and has received numerous awards including a CLA Book of the Year Award, a Governor General's Literary Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for Body of Work. Jean is the author of almost 50 books, including four in the Dear Canada series, and the acclaimed novel Dancing Through the Snow. She lives in Guelph, Ontario. Her website is

Joan Sandin was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and lived in Stockholm, Sweden for 15 years. She always loved to draw, and illustrated her first book - a story written by her big brother Tom - when she was five. Joan has three children, more than a dozen grandchildren, and more than 100 published books in English and in Swedish. She now lives Arizona again, where she continues to illustrate, write, and translate children's books. Here website is

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