To Anastasia Krupnik, being ten is very confusing. For one thing, she has this aweful teacher who can't understand why Anastasia doesn't capitalize or punctuate her poems. Then, there's this Washburn Cummings, a very interesting boy who doesn't even know she is alive. Even her parents have become difficult. They insist she visit her 92 year old grandma who can never remember Anastasia's name. On top of that, they're going to have a baby, at their age! It's enough to make a kid want to do something terrible. Anastasia knows that if she didn't have her secret green notebook to write in, she would never make it to her eleventh birthday.