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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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

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This is a book about a girl named Anna Solden. She struggles in school in Germany. Her brothers and sisters (Rudi, Gretchen, Fritz and Frieda) call Anna "Awkward Anna". Then her uncle Karl dies and her father decides that Anna's family move to Canada. It has an negative impact at first to every member of the Solden family at first. All of the family members in the Solden family know English except Anna and her mother. At first Anna is unwilling to speak english. When they get to Canada, a friend of Karl's, Dr. Schumacher, discovers that Anna has really poor vision and will need glasses. So She gets classes and goes to a Sight saving class. The teacher, Ms Wililams, is very nice to Anna . Anna meets new friends when she is lost in her new school. Her friend, Isobel, helps her and then she became friends. When it was nearing Christmastime, Anna overhears that her brothers and sisters are going to make surprise Christmas presents. Anna thought she could do nothing so Miss Williams-with the help of Dr. Schumacher- buys reeds and the nessary materials to make wastepaper baskets. After Christmas, Anna's brothers and sisters begin to treat her with a lot of respect.  


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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