Reluctantly Alice

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Paperback, 2000



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PB Nay

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PB Nay

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PB Nay



Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2000), 192 pages


Alice experiences the joys and embarrassments of seventh grade while advising her father and older brother on their love lives.


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192 p.; 5.25 inches


068981688X / 9780689816888



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LibraryThing member stephxsu
Seventh grade—junior high—is not so great for the motherless Alice McKinley. At first it was because of the lockers, and having to change for P.E., and being pushed along in the crowded hallways. But then as she got used to that, it’s because one major obstacle stands in the way of her goal of being Likable Alice: the bully, Denise Whitlock.

Meanwhile, Alice’s father and her older brother Lester have both got girl problems, and it seems as if Alice can never do anything right when it comes to trying to help them. For example, it DEFINITELY wasn’t the greatest idea in the world to set her dad up on a blind date with Miss Summers, her Language Arts teacher. Not even if they have a great time.

Or is it? Perhaps Alice—whom a soon-to-be friend will describe as “gutsy”—and her slightly impulsive moves will make everything better in the end.

Once again, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor delivers another great book about Alice.
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LibraryThing member clshelkoff
This is about when Alice begins junior high school. Alice comes home from the first day and decides that she does not like junior high school. Alice tries to make new friends, but ends up running with the wrong crowd. Read this book to discover if Alice makes it through her first year of junior high school.
LibraryThing member Emma_Manolis
I think Alice just keeps getting better and better with each book! I think my favorite thing about this installment is that even though Alice really wants to "get back" at her bully Denise, she chooses to take the high road. That is really courageous and she sets such a great example! I would say the whole series is a "must have."… (more)
LibraryThing member fingerpost
Alice starts the 7th grade and makes it through the Christmas holidays. Alice copes with a major school bully, the trials and tribulations between friends, and makes a few typically Alice mistakes - well intentioned, but foolish. Her college age brother Lester tries juggling two girls, both of whom love Lester, and both of whom Alice and Lester love. Sexuality takes a bit more of a back seat in this volume.… (more)




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