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OUTRAGEOUSLY ALICE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


From the Alice McKinley series, volume 12

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Age Range: 9 - 13

Pub Date: May 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-689-80354-0
Publisher: Atheneum

At 13, Alice thinks her life deserves a prize for "most boring"; she can't see anything special or interesting about herself. She's mortified by her ignorance when she takes a sensuality quiz at a bridal shower, certain that if her mother were alive, she'd be more on top of the things an eighth grade girl should know--instead, she's still just muddling through with her father and her brother, Lester. Alice decides to change her image, donning green eyeshadow (a lot of it) and one day even spiking her hair with green mousse. Her self-improvement campaign includes trying some new activities, and she develops a real interest in photography. For readers, it's what Alice does when she's not trying to be outrageous that counts: She helps her friend Pamela with family problems, keeps a cool head when her father falls off a ladder, roots for him in his quest to win Miss Summer's hand, and knows how and where to draw the line when an older boy makes unwelcome advances. Naylor (Alice in Lace, 1996, etc.) makes sure Alice is herself, the same girl readers have loved in eight previous books. As usual, her story is told with grace and economy, liberally laced with humor, and brimming with serious feelings as well. (Fiction. 9-13)