The Agony of Alice

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 26, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 144 pages
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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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User Review  - amandacb - LibraryThing

Alice’s mother died when she was four, and now Alice is looking for a mother figure. She has her sights set on Miss Cooper, a sixth-grade teacher, but instead Alice is assigned to Ms. Plotkin’s class ... Read full review

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This book is about a 6th grade girl that is living with her father and older brother. Alice's mother died when she was young. Alice is trying to grow up, but it is hard with two men living in the ... Read full review


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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