Annie’s Life in Lists

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2018

If you love kids like:

  1. Anatastia Krupnik
  2. Ramona Quimby
  3. The Penderwicks

then you will love Annie! For Annie, lists are how she keeps her whole life in order. And there is a lot to keep track of!

Annie’s a shy fifth grader with an incredible memory and a love of making lists. It helps her keep track of things when they can seem a little out of control, like her family, her friends, and her life in a new place.

Annie has:

  1. An incredible memory (really, it’s almost photographic) that can get her in trouble
  2. A desire to overcome her shyness
  3. A brother who is mad at her because he thinks she is the reason they had to move to Clover Gap, population 8,432.
  4. A best friend who she is (almost) certain will always be her best friend.
  5. New classmates, some of whom are nicer than others.
  6. A rocky start finding her place in her new home.

Annie’s Life in Lists introduces a sweet new voice that finds that even amid the chaos of everyday life, it’s important to put things in order.

“A breezy, engaging read with wide appeal and accessibility for a range of reading abilities. In turns humorous and touching, its themes will resonate with many readers struggling to break out of their shells and find a home in new places. Simply charming.”


“Perfect for anyone who’s ever worried about starting a new school, saying the wrong thing, dying of embarrassment, or losing a best friend. I loved getting to know Annie through her lists!”

—Kelly Jones, author of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

“1. Fresh.

2. Fun.

3. Entertaining.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A coming-of-age story that’s filled with humor and heart.”

Publishers Weekly

“A sweet, clever, warmhearted book, and so fun to read!”

—Natalie Standiford, author of The Only Girl in School