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Alice on the Outside [School & Library Binding]

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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Book Description

October 2000 0613298667 978-0613298667
Alice likes her life, but she senses things are changing. She is getting bored by her best friends Elizabeth and Pamela's constant chatter about clothes and make-up, and sometimes she feels excluded from their conversations. Her relationship with Patrick is becoming more complicated, too. From her cousin Carol, Alice learns that there are no easy answers to some of her questions about life. Then a school experiment and a new friend with a painful secret reveal some unsettling truths about the world Alice lives in and she has to face up to the issue of prejudice. Growing up is even trickier than Alice thought - is she ready for the challenge? Issues of sexuality, tolerance and self-knowledge are dealt with candidly in this 11th book about Alice McKinley.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Grade 6-9-Issues of sexuality, tolerance, and self-knowledge are dealt with candidly in this 11th book about Alice McKinley. Naylor continues to follow this engaging protagonist as she copes with the expected and unexpected ordeals of growing up. Over the years, Alice has developed into a thoughtful, intelligent, and increasingly independent girl. As always, the author places her character in realistic situations and has her grapple with the concerns of her age. Now in eighth grade, Alice wonders about her relationship with her boyfriend, Patrick. ("You're supposed to want to caress each other...It's natural. It's normal. So when are you supposed to stop saying no and start saying yes?") She is also faced with a school project in which the students are governed by rules aimed at forcing them to recognize the evils of prejudice and arbitrary privilege. At the same time, Alice befriends a classmate; when she finds out the girl is a lesbian, she handles the situation with maturity and tolerance. This incident dovetails, perhaps too conveniently, with the school project to understand prejudice as fear of difference. It is unfortunate that the cover illustration reflects this part of the book as if it were the central theme; it is not. It is only part of the story about Alice growing up and coping with the myriad pressures and questions that define adolescence. Of course, Alice's fans will want to read this newest installment, but the book will also appeal to those unfamiliar with the earlier volumes.
Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

Still alertly navigating the shoals of early adolescence, Alice turns 14 in the 11th installment of her often hilarious, always perceptive odyssey. Before her birthday, however, she gains some insight into the nature of prejudice from a week-long consciousness-raising exercise at school; watches friend Pamela flirt with a wilder lifestyle; observes her brother Lester's anything-but-tranquil love life; and gracefully fields a pass from a female classmate. Although the various continuing plot lines of the series don't hurtle along, they're not ignored, either, and Naylor again demonstrates her gift for embedding savvy advice and frank specifics about sex and growing up seamlessly into common situations. By the end, Alice's own romantic situation is looking decidedly bright; although her boyfriend Patrick comes down with mononucleosis, leaving her solo at the eighth-grade dance, he also shows endearing awkwardness in the kissing department and melts her utterly with a front yard serenade on the night of her birthday. Fans will leap aboard enthusiastically, but readers new to the series will have to catch earlier books first for some background. Sail on, Alice. (Fiction. 11-14) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars In a Word: AMAZING! July 22 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
ALICE ON THE OUTSIDE was the very first Alice book I read. I immediately fell in love with the character of Alice, because she is just like me. Not only is she living in the same county of the same state as I am, and is EXACTLY (to the month) the same age in this novel as I was when I read it, but her problems and experiences and emotions are so realistic that I felt like I was reading my own journal. Conversations between Alice and Pamela and Elizabeth, her two best friends, are so real that I felt like I was reading a conversation between me and my own friends. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has the same magic touch as Judy Blume when it comes to answering common but frequently un-asked questions of young teens through realistic characters. Plus, Naylor did an excellent job of intertwining the theme of prejudice with all of Alice's every day experiences. I highly recommend this novel to all pre- and young teens across America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the *Alice Series*! July 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really liked this book. I also really like the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. In the beginning, this book is about Alice's curiousity. As it goes on, her school promotes some type of an activity all week, dealing with hair-color and prejeducey. One of Alice's friends gets sexually abused by a fellow student, and it's up to Alice to help her to her feet. Near the end, you start hearing about a school dance coming up, and Alice is set to go with her boyfriend, Patrick. But things don't turn out as planned...
I highly recomend this book for the older or mature audience because basically, the Alice series is tremendous.The author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor knows what shes doing. This and the books in this series are truly worth reading. This one is one of my favs in the series. G out and read it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exaggerated Alice May 27 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Another brilliant addition to the Alice series, but with one set-back: it seems slightly unrealistic. Not that there isn't some literary freedom taken with book plotlines regarding "everyday life," but the questions Alice asks seem like they might fit well into a "My Changing Body" dramatization, and the situations she encounters are just a little too coincidental to aid in the series' usual slice-of-life appeal. The lessons the book teaches are good, but taught in a rather obvious manner. Regardless, a wonderful book, just a little under the high "Alice" standards. Still a must-have for a true Alice fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute.. April 10 2001
By Sam
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lets cut to the chase. It was great. Enough said. As somebody once said.. "Nobody is quite like Alice, however, she is like everybody." TRUE. And this one proves it. It shows what goes through a teenagers mind and how you would react to it. The Alice series took a sharp turn when it got to this one. The subjects of the storys are starting to get a little more senstive, because you have to admit, a 13 year old can't go around worrying about dumb things in life anymore. And this proves it.. read it, do yourself a favor, and relive memories of when you were a kid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alice March 21 2000
Format:Hardcover
This book is abut a 13 year-old girl dealing with life with her two best friends. They talk about everything together and learn many new things through friendship that are a mystery top them, including sex. This book is very funny, interesting, and is a good way to learn new things. The other 10 books tell you more about Alice and help you get to know her better... actually, you'll bring out your inner self hen reading her books, since it is amazing how close she is to all the teenage girls ou there. You'll be sure to enjoy this book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well written with disturbing concepts Sept. 18 2000
By Esther
Format:Hardcover
I flipped through this book at the library and, while impressed with how well written it was, I was disturbed by the nonxchalant, almost flippant, attitude towards premarital sex and lesbianism. It goes against everything I've been taught. If you want a well written and politically correct book, spring for this one. If you want a wholesome an morally correct book(also well written) spring for something by Stephen Bly or Lori Wick. BTW, I'm a teenager, so don't try to say that's the opinion of an old prude.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Information Undercover? Jan. 5 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
As most kids read these books and think that they are great, that they can really relate to Alice, they may not be seeing what else they can get from her. Alice asks questions and goes through things that many kids are too shy to ask about or their parents don't discuss with them. Through these books, you can get accurate information in a way that you won't be embarrassed about but still are entertained. Alice is a modern hero: realistic and down-to-earth but still has the problems of a normal teenager.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alice on the outside Jan. 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor(author) really describes what it is like to be a teenage girl. Naylor puts all of the problems of being a teenager together, your date getting ill for a big dance, your dad humiliating you by interupting the most intense kiss you have ever had, and not having a mother to talk to about stuff you need a girl to talk to about. In this story all of that happens to Alice when her life gets more complicated then ever. This hilarious must-read will spark the interest of any Jr.High girl.
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