Because of Anya

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Because of Anya
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Release Date
November 01, 2002
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TEN-YEAR-OLD GIRLS DON'T WEAR WIGS So why is Anya wearing one? That's what Keely's friend Stef wants to know. She even wants Keely to tug on it, just to see if it's real. Keely wants to know too -- but when Anya's wig falls off in front of the whole class, Keely discovers that what she really wants is to help Anya feel better. As for Anya, she just wants her hair to grow back, but no one, not even the doctors, knows whether it ever will. How can she come to terms with her disease when she can't even look in the mirror?

In this heart-tugging story of friendship, renowned author Margaret Peterson Haddix introduces readers to a young girl with alopecia areata, a life-altering disease that affects millions of people in the United States alone.

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The best realistic fiction story that I've read!
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Reader reviewed by Sophie

Because of Anya was an amazing story of discovery, friendship and risks. In response to Mary's review, Anya does not have cancer and is not treated with chemothepy,but has to wear wig to prevent people fom seeing her bald, since she had a diesase that causes her to lose her hair, called alopecia areta. Alopecia is a real tragedy that happens around the world, to many unfortunate people. Some of these people even lose every hair on their body. I'm hoping that some people will help kids like Anya and donate their hair to Locks Of Love, the hair charity for alopecia. Thanks for listening
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Because it's just so good!
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Reader reviewed by Mary

Anya has cancer.

She's had chemotherapy and as a result she has no hair. Anya doesn't want to be excluded but she is...

Until Keely decides to talk to her. Because of Anya is a touching story of friendship.


This book is memorable especially because it is inspiring. It's definitely a good read!
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A Touching Story of Friendship
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After reading this short book, I love Margaret Peterson Haddix even more as an author than I did before. I LOVE her suspense books and wasn't sure how much I would like a softer, more generalized fiction work from her, however she pulled it off flawlessly and I loved it. My heart went out to Anya and her family and I can only pray for all the families that really do deal with Anya's condition on a daily basis.

Because of Anya is told by two characters, Anya, the title character that is suffering from Alopecia Areata, a condition in which the person loses all of their hair for no real reason, and by Keely, one of the girls in Anya's fourth grade class. At first, when Anya begins losing her hair, she is petrified that the kids at school will find out, her mother buying her a wig almost immediately. Day to day school life becomes incredibly stressful as Anya attempts to make sure that no one knows she is wearing a wig. After a horrible day in gym class when Anya's wig falls off, she is sure no one will ever talk to her again, thinking her some terrible, bald monster.


Keely, typically a follower in the group of popular girls, takes a stand in this book and befriends Anya, letting her know that it's ok that she is different. She helps Anya to understand that the kids are more curious than afraid and if Anya would explain why she didn't have hair anymore, the kids would be more likely to act normal again. The bond between these two girls starts out very small, but quickly grows into a genuine friendship.


I was very impressed at the manner in which Haddix told Anya and Keely's complicated story in such a short book (only 112 pages), but she did it beautifully. I was so sad for Anya, yet so proud of Keely. This is a great selection for anyone liking Haddix's writing style or for young girls enjoying books on friendship and understanding.
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