From Anna

Category: Book
By (author): Little, Jean
Preface By: Paterson, Katherine
Illustrated By: Sandin, Joan
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 7-10 Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Canada / General
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice) (2014) Short-listed
Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre (2013) Commended
Today's Parent 100 best Canadian kids' books of all time (2015) Commended
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd
Published: September 2012
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.70in x 5.00in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*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.

Biographical NoteJean 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