Simon & Schuster, Simon. 230p. c2001. 0-689-85189-8. $4.99. J *
To quote KLIATT's May 2001 review of the hardcover edition:
This latest entry in the deservedly popular Alice series has Alice starting ninth grade and dealing with the challenges that high school brings. She hosts a coed sleepover party (chaperoned by her kindly big brother Lester) and starts to feel pangs of jealousy as she realizes that a new girl, Penny, has set her sights on Alice's long-time boyfriend Patrick. She gets involved with the school newspaper and enjoys her experiences there; consoles her friend Elizabeth, who reveals that she was sexually molested when she was younger; and invites some female ex-cons to Thanksgiving dinner.
My 13-year-old daughter snatched this book up the moment it came into the house and read it straight through. She commented that she liked that it was "realistic," and said "the series is getting better with each book." It's not necessary to have read others to enjoy...