Anastasia has grown to love her new little brother, Sam. But she is in for a new shock as her parents announce that they will be moving to the suburbs. Anastasia is sure that all suburbanites live drab, meaningless lives, and tries to prevent the move by requesting a room with a tower before she will consent to the move. Her parents, however, find just such a house, and Anastasia must confront her misconceptions. Her adventures in the suburbs involve... Anastasia Krupnik
Ten-year-old Anastasia lives in Massachusetts with her father, an English professor, and her mother, an artist. She is shocked to learn that her mother will be having a baby soon. She tries to come to terms with this, as well as her relationships with her teacher and her elderly grandmother. Chapters are bookended by Anastasia's lists of things she loves, and things she hates (many things in Anastasia's life end up on both lists at different times).... Gathering Blue
Kira, lame from birth and orphaned as a young teenager, lives in a brutish, cruel society, where there is no room for the weak, the sick, or the different. Kira survives only because of her skill at embroidery; she is taken to work for the village council, restoring a symbolic robe that is integral to the Ruin Song Gathering, an important local ceremony. As Kira works on the robe, she searches both for the missing color (blue) and the truth about her s... Number the Stars
Annemarie's friend was Jewish during World War Two. She has to hide her friend who might be taken to concentration camps where she would probably die. Her friend is hidden in Annemarie's house. Then Annemarie's uncle hides them in his boat and takes them to Switzerland....
Where Jonas lives, life is safe, orderly, and predictable. Rules are strictly adhered to; every aspect of a person's life is carefully planned. People rarely make choices on their own; everything is decided for them by the community. There is no snow or sunshine, no colors or music, no animals or nature. When Jonas and other Elevens become Twelve in December, they receive their Assignments that assign them to their particular fields of profession. As som...