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Anna Analyst
Anna Analyst

Anna Analyst

A Novel



112 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $8.95 (US $8.95) (CA $11.95)

Publication Date: May 2021

ISBN 9781773370569

Rights: WOR

Great Plains Publications (May 2021)
Yellow Dog

Price: $8.95


On the last day of elementary school, eleven-year-old Anna finds a leather-bound book about handwriting analysis. Anna could use help deciphering people. Her best friend has started wearing mascara and plans to spend the summer with a more fashionable classmate. And her parents threaten to give away her tortoises just because she’s a little forgetful about taking care of the sick one.Why does everyone expect Anna to change before middle school starts? She’sgoing to stay exactly the same. After all, large loopy letters, like Anna’s, showshe’s perceptive and generous. It’s everyone else’s sloppy writing that is so hard to understand. But a mysterious note forces Anna to make a choice between her graphology obsession and the people — and tortoises — she cares about the most.


"Patti Edgar's lighthearted debut novel perfectly captures all the difficulties and dramas of the early middle school years. Full of heartbreak and humor, Anna Analyst charmed me from start to finish." —Tara Gilboy, author of Unwritten and Rewritten

"A funny, insightful book about what it's like to be on the precipice of middle school, when you know who you are but not necessarily how you fit. Fair warning: You may never look at your own handwriting, or tortoises (not turtles), the same way." —Craig Battle, author of the Camp Average series

"Bossy, inventive Anna is authentic and endearing…A droll, deftly executed debut." —Kirkus Reviews

"Anna is a relatable heroine" —Highly Recommended, CM Reviews

Author Biography

Patti Edgar is a writer and educator driven by curiosity and a desire to make thedifficult easier to understand. A former journalist, she now teaches aspiringyoung reporters in Calgary. An essay on her struggles to learn a secondlanguage was recently published in the anthology Waiting (University of AlbertaPress). Ms. Edgar holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.