The Agony of Alice

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Simon and Schuster, 1985 - Juvenile Fiction - 144 pages
77 Reviews
There's a lot about growing up that's confusing to Alice McKinley. Her mother died when she was four - how can her father and her nineteen-year-old brother, Lester, teach her what she needs to know? Even buying a pair of jeans can turn into a major embarrassment with Lester in charge.

If only she had a role model, like the beautiful sixth-grade teacher Miss Cole. But instead Alice gets assigned to plain, pear-shaped Mrs. Plotkin's class. Is Alice doomed to a life of one embarrassment after another?
  

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Review: The Agony of Alice (Alice #1)

User Review  - Elissa - Goodreads

An excellent start to the children's/YA series, Alice McKinley ("Al" for short) is described to readers as an average girl. Her mother died when she was five so she's raised by her father and brother ... Read full review

Review: The Agony of Alice (Alice #1)

User Review  - Ramona - Goodreads

Although I read this book nearly a decade (or so) ago, Alice brings me fond memories of my childhood. I remember trying to read every single Alice book I could find (our library didn't wasn't too ... Read full review

Contents

One Kissing Tarzan
3
TWo Agnes Under the Mattress
11
Three Lips Together Teeth Apart
17
Seven The Maharajas Magic
52
Eight Bringing Up the Rear
59
Eleven Love
87
Twelve Eating Squid
94
Thirteen Flushing on the Capitol Limited
100
Fourteen Aunt Sally Sir
108
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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, and is the mother of two sons, both grown and married.  Visit Phyllis online at alicemckinley.wordpress.com

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