Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Starting with Alice (grade 3)
Alice in Blunderland (grade 4)
Lovingly Alice ( grade 5)
Agony of Alice (grade 6)
Alice in Rapture, Sort of (summer before grade 7)
Reluctantly Alice (fall of grade 7)
All but Alice (winter of grade 7)
Alice in April (spring of grade 7)
Alice In-Between (end of grade 7)
Alice the Brave (summer before grade eight)
Alice in Lace (beginning of grade eight)
Outrageously Alice (fall of grade eight)
Achingly Alice (winter of grade eight)
Alice on the Outside (spring of grade eight)
The Grooming of Alice (summer before grade 9)
Alice Alone (fall of grade 9)
Simply Alice (spring of grade 9)
Patiently Alice (summer before grade 10)
Including Alice (fall of grade 10)
Alice On Her Way (spring of grade 10)
Alice in the Know (summer before grade 11)
Dangerously Alice (fall of grade 11)
Almost Alice (spring of grade 11)
Intensely Alice (summer before grade 12)
Alice in Charge (fall of grade 12)
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Your Responses and Reviews!
Alice Alone by Phyllis Naylor (Simon and Schuster, 2001) tells the story of a courageous, compassionate and curious girl. Set in a small town during the frigid frozen months of winter, it describes the experiences of a 14-year-old girl Alice, who is beginning the 9th grade. And from there everything goes down hill. This story had me reading when ever possible and it even entertained me with its realistic topic. It informed me about how we should not always wing it and not look into our future. Alice thinks that high school will be easy and that she won’t need to think about her boyfriend but all that doesn’t work. Alice has such high expectations that it doesn’t work out, and even her own friends leave her. When Alice’s boyfriend, Patrick, leaves she loses all her self-confidence and wonders if she’s not appealing anymore. Patrick always said that “sometimes its better to think about others, not just yourself” but she never listened. Alice Alone was a great book that left you hanging at every chapter. I wonder if Alice will ever regain her confidence and not be so self-centered? (Simran)
Have you ever felt confused about who you are? Have you ever felt like you are being purposely left out? Then you’ll know how Alice feels in the novel Simply Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Simon Pulse, 2002). Alice is confused about who she is. She and Patrick have just broken up, she finds out that she has a secret admirer and her father is engaged to her grade 7 teacher, Ms. Summers. Alice also feels left out. She is losing her best friends, Pamela and Elizabeth, because she is so busy writing for the newspaper and working backstage for the school’s musical that she doesn’t have time for them. What should she do? What will she do? Read this mesmerizing novel to find out! (Jezy in grade eight)
Patiently Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Simon Pulse, 2003) is the story of Alice, who spends her summer as a counsellor at a camp for poverty-stricken kids. Alice and her friends Pamela, Elizabeth, and Gwen all face a conflict: give in to the young girls’ rude and inappropriate behaviour or correct and change the way they act. Because they decide to try and help them, the young girls form friendships. Will Alice be invited back for another month of being a counsellor? Will she ever see those kids again? (Jezy in grade eight)
Have you ever felt scared? Have you ever felt like you’ve wanted a do-over? Then you’ll know Pamela felt in Almost Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Simon Pulse, 2008). Pamela is scared. She has just found out that she is pregnant. And now she wants a do-over to change the reckless decision that she made weeks before. What should she do? What will she do? Read this mesmerizing novel to find out. (Jezy in grade eight)
Dangerously Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Simonpulse, 2008) is about a high school girl who is tired of being MGTS: Miss Goody Two Shoes. Normally respectable, she faces a problem: will she continue to play it safe, or will she take a ride on the dangerous side? After she gets involved with an older guy and starts to “go bad”, she realizes that she was okay with being an MGTS and in the end, she sticks to her true self and changes back. What do you think would have happened if Alice didn’t change back? Would she have found herself in even more trouble? (Jezy in grade eight)
Alice Alone (Simon Pulse, 2001) is one of the twenty books in the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. In this story, the main character, a bright young girl whose ideas usually end up in disaster, is just starting high school and finding it a real challenge. Her life isn’t going like she wanted it to, and she’s finding it hard to cope with all the changes. Her father proposed to her old English teacher while visiting her in England, and now he wants to make the house feel more like home for her. Patrick, Alice’s boyfriend of many years, seems to be paying constant attention to a cute and petite girl called Penny, and Alice hears rumours that Penny and Patrick are being a bit too friendly with each other; then she finds a picture of the two of them “fake kissing”. Alice speaks her mind, and she and Patrick break up, leaving her in a mass of lonely tears and regrets. Will Alice get over the loss of Patrick? Or will she just create more chaos between them? And will the the guidance of her loving family and friends help her get her through all the giant changes? Read Alice Alone to find out. (Harriet in grade 7)
Are you looking for a good summer saga book? Then check out Alice in Rapture, Sort Of. It is one of the twenty-five books in the Alice series written by Phyllis Reynold Naylor. The novel opens during “the summer of the first boyfriend”, as Alice’s father calls it: the summer between grade school and junior high. Alice’s many friends have told her what she has to do to be successful in junior high: have a boyfriend or you won’t have any social life. Luckily, Alice has Patrick. Even better, her two best friends, Pamela and Elizabeth, also have boyfriends. Meanwhile, Alice is having a great summer. There are ball games in the park, bike riding down the street, babysitting little kids. She spends lots of time sitting on the porch with Patrick and talking, sometimes eating chocolates and sometimes kissing. But life is not all a fairytale. There are problems. How do you make yourself look and feel beautiful when you don’t feel that way? How do you act with a boyfriend around? And most of all, how do you live without a mother in your life to tell you what to do? Alice is sure she needs a manual of instructions. Through triumphs and disasters at the beach, through dinner with Patrick, through moments of terrible embarrassment and discouraging attempts to sort out what having a boyfriend is all about, and through surprising thoughts and decisions, Alice persists in being just Alice, a girl who wants to be like other girls but doesn’t know quiet how to act herself. So read Alice in Rapture, Sort Of to find out about life and friendship. (Dana-lee in gr. 7)
Alice the Brave, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Simon and Schuster Children’s, 1995), is a great book for girls between the ages of 11 and 13. It’s funny, it’s exciting and it’s full of situations girls can relate to.
The main character, Alice McKinley, lives with her father and her brother Lester, and there are only a few weeks left before summer is over when Alice will be entering grade eight along with her two best friends, Pamela and Elizabeth. The three girls are spending almost every day at Mark Stedmeister’s pool, laughing and having fun, but Alice has a secret that she hasn’t told anyone. She is horribly afraid of deep water. She never goes near the deep end of the pool.
Alice is also really hoping her dad and her English teacher, Miss Summers, will get engaged. When Alice, her dad, Pamela, Elizabeth and Miss Summers all go on a camping trip together, Alice is positive her dad is going to ask Miss Summers to marry him. Meanwhile, Alice’s boyfriend Patrick, who is vacationing in Canada, is writing constantly and is planning on making it back for the last week or so of summer. Alice isn’t sure if she should tell him about her big secret.
So, will she let out her secret? Will her dad finally ask for Miss Summer’s hand in marriage? Will Alice ever learn how to swim? Read Alice the Brave for the answers to all these questions. (Bree in gr. 7)