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From School Library Journal
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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 youï¿½re in Aliceï¿½s body. Itï¿½s easy to put a picture in your mind. You feel like youï¿½re 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.
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.Read more ›
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...
Alice goes through lots of awkward situations. She has to deal with her dad dating one of her teachers, Miss Summers, getting her ears pierced, belonging to an earring club, getting popular, and helping her brother and his girlfriends out.
I think that this is a good book. I picked because it looked like it was a book I could relate to. When I read it, I realized I could relate to the feelings in her situations, and I ended up liking the book a lot. I would recommend this book to girls between the ages of twelve and fifteen, because that is around the age of Alice, and most of her situations revolve around that.
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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... Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by Kathryn
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2003
This book was pretty good, it didn't really have much of a climax, but it was a good book. The characters were well written, and she described the setting well. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2002
There are few books in the Alice series that disappoint me, but this is one of them. This book just doesn't seem to belong in the Alice series, because in this books, Alice does... Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2001
I had to read this book for a book report last year. When I first looked at it I thought it would be stupid, but as soon as I started reading it I changed my mind. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2001
When Alice McKinley, a mother-less girl, becomes a member or the "in" group, Alice gets a lot of attention from boys such as Brian. Read morePublished on July 6 2001