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All but Alice [Library Binding]

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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Aug. 11 2008 Alice
Seventh grade poses a slew of new and intimidating questions for Alice, who tries to be one of the ""in-crowd"" until she realizes that it is OK to be different. By the Newbery Medalist for Shiloh.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Grade 5-8-- In the winter of seventh grade, lovable, motherless Alice McKinley believes that life's problems require the guidance of a wise and kind female. Lacking that, she decides that all females represent a universal sisterhood, and, lemminglike, joins in the popular activities of her peer group. In addition to writing fan letters to stars and buying earrings weekly, Alice tries to feel sisterly solidarity with the women pursuing her older brother, and wishes her father would marry the attractive teacher he has been dating. Alice thinks she's outgrown Patrick, but is soon bored with handsome Brian's pranks; when loyal Patrick is slated for victimization, Alice must reevaluate her decisions. In the end, intelligence and loyalty triumph over superficiality. Only an author of Naylor's nimble skill could hold these ingredients together in a readable, laughable, and, yes, sensitive story. Alice is the same delightful character from The Agony of Alice (Atheneum, 1985), although, naturally, more mature. Carefully structured, strongly characterized, this book is sure to be the most popular yet of the series. Naylor's light, but deft touch with important thematic concerns is most appealing.
- Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

Naylor is a versatile, prolific author whose achievements have just been crowned with a Newbery; her books about Alice (this is the fourth) are many readers' favorites, with good reason: laugh-aloud funny, they also explore real concerns with unusual frankness and compassion. Here, Alice is still in seventh grade, in the throes of bowing to her peers' decrees; suddenly one of the ``beautiful people'' in her class, she hangs around with old friend Pamela and some boys she has the wit to think of as the ``Three Handsome Stooges.'' Earrings are now a big deal: there's a club, and every weekend is devoted to buying and trading; it takes Alice a while to admit to herself that it's all boring, and that she dislikes excluding old friend Elizabeth, who doesn't want pierced ears. Meanwhile, Dad is dating one of her teachers; brother Lester gets serious about an old flame; and Alice ponders the ``Sisterhood'' of all women and discovers that Patrick is still a good friend, more fun than the Stooges. An appealing character with real integrity and memorable humor. Fans can rejoice: Naylor plans to take Alice ``to her eighteenth year.'' (Fiction. 9-13) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funnier Alice books! June 24 2004
By Kathryn
Format:Paperback
This book takes us through the winter of Alice's seventh grade year. She falls in with the popular crowd and learns what it is like to be one of the beautiful people, or "Famous Eight" as they're referred to. But the more "in" she becomes, the more "out" Elizabeth seems to be; leading Alice to miss the simple days when she, Elizabeth, and Pamela were close friends. Alice has some serious thoughts about whether it's worth the boredom to be popular or whether she should just be herself. The subplot involving Lester's love life (Marilyn, Christal, and now Loretta thrown in the mix) and Alice's fathers love life (will he propose to Miss Summers?) make for some of the novels funnier moments. This is one Alice book you don't want to miss, with some thoughtful lessons about acceptance and popularity thrown in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Book March 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
All but Alice is a fantastic book written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. The author makes you feel like you are Alice. Alice is a selfconcious young lady. Elizabeth, is vein, and Pamela is enthusiastic. Alice started seventh grade, and also joined the All Stars Fan Club and the earring club. She becomes one of the famous eight. Still there are situations to fix. Can she be a sister with girls who want to be her brother´¿s (Lester) girlfriend? What will she do when her father dates her teacher, Miss Summers? So why don´¿t you read the book and find out.
This book is a MUST READ! The reader can learn not to worry about everything or else it might turn out bad. You actually feel like you´¿re in Alice´¿s body. It´¿s easy to put a picture in your mind. You feel like you´¿re actually in that world, as Alice.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a great author. Her parents read to her and sang songs that were actually stories. She could hardly wait to read and write her own books. Her books are about things she heard or read, all mixed up with her imaginations. All But Alice is a terrific book and I think you should read it along with some of her other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? GREAT, THAT'S WHAT! Aug. 4 2003
Format:Paperback
GREAT!! This story is very realistic and I wholeheartedly recommend it with the usual warning I give when reviewing Alice books: Only read this yourself, kids, or ,adults, give this book to someone if you are sure they will not faint if they see read some sexual things, which they're are a lot of in the Alice books.
Again, this a wonderful book and really provides an insight into a young girl's mind. I actually suggest boys read the Alice series to get a little understanding of how girl's minds work.
Blessed BE!! :) :) :) :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is about fitting in with certain peers* Jan. 24 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
All but Alice was a great book to read. It is about when Alice wants a bulletin board, her ears pierced, and even joins two clubs-The Earring Club and the All-Stars Fan Club. She works at the Melody Inn for three hours and wants to be part of the "in" crowd at school.
Alice may act different in this book out of the other books, but I know how that feels. You act different when you are in a different and a snobbier club and then realize of how idiotic you were to people who didn't pick on you at all.
It is not like Alice picks on anyone in this novel, but it was cruel of her to embarrass her friend Elizabeth like that. One of the Three Handsome Stooges likes and picks on Alice a lot. Alice feels different and one of the Popular and the Beautiful people at her school.
But the truth is, Alice gets so sick of Brian (one of the 3 Stooges) picking on her. Even in one of the chapters, he puts her face in the snow for fun like it is funny. And on Valentine's Day, her ex-boyfriend Patrick comes over and gives her a big box of chocolates.
Alice didn't realize that she had to share them with him for some weird reason. So Lester tells her that and she reinvites him over.
Lester has a Woman Situation again! Loretta Jenkins (who works at his dad's store) likes him! Lester just wants to take a break from dating and concentrate on homework. Or, in other words, L-I-F-E. Meaning a "non-female-dating-crisis" life.
And turns out that Alice's dad goes out with her 7th-grade Language Arts teacher Miss Summers. Again. And he gives her a Vivaldi cassette. AND, turns out that Alice becomes herself again, kisses Patrick again (because he threw up on the bus and Brian told Alice to make fun of him when he comes back but she comes to the rescue and they talk and then kiss on the bus. Yep.
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Format:Hardcover
It's a new year, a new semester, a new chapter in the life of Alice McKinley, and she couldn't be happier. Alice is suddenly elevated to the ranks of the beautiful people, part of the "Famous Eight." And all because she pierced her ears??? Hmm...The fourth book of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice McKinley series continues the humorous yet realistic trend of the previous installments with great sucess:
Alice's father is now dating the beautiful Ms. Summers, and Lester is...serious about a girl? What shock. Alice and Pamela both get their ears pierced and join the Earring Club. Unfortunately, this leaves Elizabeth out on her own, and Alice isn't entirely sure this is what she wants. Paired off (via a list taped to a blackboard) with the "best looking boy in the whole 7th grade," Alice finds that she still infintely prefers her special friend Patrick. Above all, Alice continues to approach each situation with her good humoured, though easily embarassed, personality.
Hey, what can I say? Yet another good book in the Alice McKinley series. But look out! Things only get better (an definitely funnier) from here on...
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