Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dangerously Alice

Dangerously Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Alice is now a junior in high school, squabbling with her step-mom, working on the school newspaper, hanging out with her friends, stressing out about the PSATs, and pretty sure that she's ready to unload her "Miss Goody-Two-Shoes" reputation. She knows what bad-boy Tony has in mind when he invites her home, and she's ready...right?

The twenty-second (!) book in the Alice series will not disappoint long-time fans, yet it stands alone nicely for new readers. Alice has come a long way since she appeared as a 6th grader in Agony of Alice (1985) but she is still clearly the honest, endearing and sometimes agonizing teenager that readers have loved for all these these years.

Recommended for readers--especially girls--ages 14 and up. No cussing or violence, but more than a few "body parts" are exposed in the course of the story. As always, Alice's adventures include laugh-out-loud embarrassing and awkward details; sensitive readers may be uncomfortable with the "heavy petting" scene with Tony.

The publisher has launched an "all-alice" website worth exploring: http://www.alicemckinley.com/ especially the Guide for Reading Groups, which proposes some excellent questions for discussion.

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