Alice Alone

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Simon and Schuster, May 1, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 229 pages
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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. Penny is everything Alice isn't -- perky, petite, and cute as a button, and she doesn't hide her interest in Patrick. Alice senses her seemingly perfect relationship with Patrick starting to crumble, along with her self-confidence, and suddenly, Alice feels big and awkward and not particularly attractive. Could it be possible that Patrick could like someone else besides her? She can't imagine life without Patrick in it.

But Patrick's behavior isn't the only thing that is baffling Alice. Elizabeth's nearly hysterical reluctance to go to her piano lessons has Alice and Pamela completely bewildered, until Elizabeth breaks down and shares an awful secret she's kept from everybody since she was seven...

And as Alice struggles to keep her jealousy of Penny at bay, she watches her father handle unsettling news regarding his fiancé. Alice learns what trust is all about, and how confidence in yourself, and in others, is the most important thing of all.

  

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Review: Alice Alone (Alice #13)

User Review  - Kimberlee - Goodreads

This is our mother-daughter book club choice for the summer. It was an apt choice as it deals with the first half of Freshman year of high school for Alice, and the daughters in our book club just ... Read full review

Review: Alice Alone (Alice #13)

User Review  - Elissa - Goodreads

Alice starts high school and, in an attempt to be more social, bites off more than she can chew. She has less time for friends and her boyfriend, and Patrick ends up attracted to someone else. Book ... Read full review

Contents

Homecoming
1
Getting Started
14
A Sudden Announcement
30
The Big Night
45
That Sinking Feeling
61
Moving On
75
Panic
94
HearttoHeart
109
Pain
122
The Hardest Part
146
Expanding My Horizons
167
Elizabeths Secret
194
The Test
214
Copyright

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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor includes many of her own growing-up experiences in the Alice books. She writes for both children and adults and is the author of more than one hundred and thirty-five books, including the Alice series, which Entertainment Weekly has called "tender" and "wonderful." In 1992 her novel Shiloh won the Newbery Medal. She lives with her husband, Rex, in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Visit Phyllis online at alicemckinley.wordpress.com

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