By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Atheneum Books, 2001
Audience: Older Teens
There's a new girl in town, and she's making Alice very nervous.The start of ninth grade -- high school -- is every bit as exciting, and challenging, as Alice had hoped, and feared, it would be. She finds her self-confidence rising, and plummeting, depending on each new situation. Classes are definitely more interesting, but algebra is proving to be nearly impossible. Patrick is in the accelerated program so they aren't in the same classes anymore. And while she's thrilled to be chosen to work on the school newspaper, she finds that between an increased homework load and reporting assignments, she can't always join Patrick when he wants to go out. But the new girl in town, Penny, can...and does.
I know I have read this one before. I skipped around with some of the Alice books the first time around because I wasn't sure of the order. This one is pretty unforgettable, though. Alice goes through a lot of changes and we learn more about Elizabeth.
I liked this one, as much as I could when so many sad things come up. There is one hilarious scene - on Thanksgiving Alice invites "refugees" over to dinner and makes all of the classic mistakes involved with preparing a big meal when you never have before. It was fantastic.
I don't think I've read many beyond Alice Alone, and I'm excited to learn more about her life! I saw on the author's website that she is planning on following Alice into old age. I was happy to learn that, because not many series follow the main character for their whole life. Pretty cool.
Onto the next one!