Because of Anya

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About The Book

Ten-year-old girls don’t wear wigs.

So why is Anya wearing one? That’s what Keely wants to know. But when Anya’s wig falls off in front of the whole class, Keely realizes what she really wants is to help Anya, even though she’s not sure how—and even though it means she’ll have to do something she’s afraid of: stand up to her friends.

As for Anya, she just wants her hair to grow back, but no one can tell her whether it ever will. How can she learn to accept her disease when she can’t even look in the mirror?

About The Author

The Backstage Studio

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 2004)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689869938
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Lexile ® 710L

Raves and Reviews

"A poignant story of discovery."

– School Library Journal

"The author's sympathetic but not simplistic insight will engage readers."

– Kirkus Reviews

"Haddix's story is straightforward and compassionate without being preachy or maudlin."

– Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News

Awards and Honors

  • Young Hoosier Book Award Master List (IN)
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Master List (FL)
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award Master List

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