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The Agony of Alice By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Kam Mak The Agony of Alice Life Alice McKinley feels is just one big embarrassment Here she is about to be a teenager and she doesn t know how It s worse for her than for anyone else she believes because she has no role mo
  • Title: The Agony of Alice
  • Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Kam Mak
  • ISBN: 9780689816727
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Agony of Alice By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Kam Mak Life, Alice McKinley feels, is just one big embarrassment Here she is, about to be a teenager and she doesn t know how It s worse for her than for anyone else, she believes, because she has no role model Her mother has been dead for years Help and advice can only come from her father, manager of a music store, and her nineteen year old brother, who is a slob What do tLife, Alice McKinley feels, is just one big embarrassment Here she is, about to be a teenager and she doesn t know how It s worse for her than for anyone else, she believes, because she has no role model Her mother has been dead for years Help and advice can only come from her father, manager of a music store, and her nineteen year old brother, who is a slob What do they know about being a teen age girl What she needs, Alice decides, is a gorgeous woman who does everything right, as a roadmap, so to speak If only she finds herself, when school begins, in the classroom of the beautiful sixth grade teacher, Miss Cole, her troubles will be over Unfortunately, she draws the homely, pear shaped Mrs Plotkin One of Mrs Plotkin s first assignments is for each member of the class to keep a journal of their thoughts and feelings Alice calls hers The Agony of Alice, and in it she records all the embarrassing things that happen to her.Through the school year, Alice has lots to record She also comes to know the lovely Miss Cole, as well as Mrs Plotkin And she meets an aunt and a female cousin whom she has not really known before Out of all this, to her amazement, comes a role model one that she would never have accepted before she made a few very important discoveries on her own, things no roadmap could have shown her Alice moves on, ready to be a wise teenager.
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    1. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Kam Mak

      Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father s occupation as a salesman.Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good books Her parents enjoyed reading stories to the children her father would imitate the characters in Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer and her mother read to them every evening, almost until we were old enough to go out on dates, though we never would have admitted this to anyone By the time Phyllis reached fifth grade, writing books was her favorite hobby and she would rushed home from school each day to write down whatever plot had been forming in her head at sixteen her first story was published in a local church magazine.Phyllis has written over 80 books for children and young people One of these books, Shiloh, was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1992, was named a Notable Children s Book by the American Library Association and was also Young Adult Choice by the International Reading Association.Naylor gets her ideas from things that happen to her or from things she has read Shiloh was inspired by a little abused dog she and her husband found The little dog haunted her so much that she had to write a story about him to get it out of her mind.

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    2. October 2011 re read.It s hard to believe I ve been reading and re reading Alice for 13 years My Alice collection is mismatched from all the different print runs, so I broke down and bought the matching set with the new covers I love them The font and style has been synced for all of the volumes, and very small updates have been made probably unnoticable if you haven t read these books over a dozen times such as milkman being changed to mailman But this is still the same Alice who debuted in 198 [...]


    3. What a great middle grade read You know a middle grade book is above average when you can read it as an adult and still love it I felt like I could really relate to Alice My own mother died when I was 13 so I know what it is like to want to find a replacement mother I feel like Ms Naylor did a wonderful job of showing how hard it is to be a tween and think all the crazy thoughts someone that age thinks I am glad I stumbled upon this series I saw one of the later books when Alice is in high schoo [...]



    4. Reviewed on Page Turners Blog for Banned Books Week on October 4, 2012 According to the American Library Association ALA , Phyllis Reynolds Naylor s Alice series has been one of the most challenged year after year I decided that this had to be the year to pick it up I needed to see for myself why the story would be so very controversial And here s what I discovered Alice is one of the most delightful narrators I ve read She s in sixth grade and in search of a mother figure because her own mom di [...]


    5. I really enjoyed this book Alice reminded me of myself at age 11 Embarrassing things always seemed to happen to me and I was always wanted to disappear Alice lives with her father and older brother who have no clue how to relate to a girl Her father calls her Al and her brother doesn t know that jeans come in girls sizes as well as boys Her relationship with her family makes for some amusing scenes, such as the time a younger Alice asks her brother what a period is after hearing some older girls [...]


    6. For my summer reading I chose to read the book The Agony of Alice I really enjoyed this book, and it kept my attention throughout the entire thing If I could I would rate this book at 4.5 stars, but since I am not able to, I rated it 4 This book was about a girl starting 6th grade at a new school, which was very convenient for me because she is my age, and having the same troubles as me The Agony of Alice showed all of Alice s troubles like being new, getting a teacher that she didn t want, and [...]


    7. The Alice books made such an impact of me growing up, and they still hold up well I can never believe that these are some of the most banned books in America when they handle growing up in such an innocent and thoughtful way.Arguably, the lesson of this one is that beauty is on the inside, as observed through Alice s relationship with Mrs Plotkin The way their relationship unfolds is very sweet and ties everything together quite nicely.Observations on a re read I was surprised at all the referen [...]


    8. Alice McKinley is sure she is the most embarrassing person on earth She is also sure it s because she doesn t have a mother to show her what to do Alice thinks if she can only get the beautiful Miss Cole as her teacher this year, she can adopt Miss Cole as her surrogate mother and get back on the right track Alas, she is Mrs Plotkin s room, and Alice is mortified Everything bad always happens to her Will Alice ever grow up Or will she keep growing backwards I thought Alice was so spot on as an a [...]


    9. The Agony of Alice is a fun book and Alice is a character that a lot of people can connect to It s one of those books that when you start reading you can t stop Alice s mom died when she was younger and Alice is the women of the house she live with her dad and her older brother Lester She is going to start sixth grade soon with her friends, Pamela and Elizabeth But she might have a problem without a female role model she can look up to she was hoping it might be her teach she just hopes she won [...]


    10. I remember the first time I heard about Alice I was in 7th grade band and my fellow flutist was reading one of the Alice books She was giggling her head off and so, of course, I had to know what was so funny She started raving about this fabulous series and then in a confidential whisper told me that it talked about PERIODS and BOOBS It was so SCANDALOUS Which meant, of course, that I rushed right to the library and checked out all the Alice books I could find Once I started reading them, I neve [...]


    11. Behind this absolutely adorable cover lies an equally adorable story about an adolescent girl named Alice who is very anxious about growing up and going through the agony of sixth grade If you re wondering how something so cute and endearing could end up on the American Library Association s most challenged books list consistently over the past two decades, it s probably because it talks about periods no, not the comma without the tail kind and kissing While those are admittedly very big and rea [...]


    12. I couldn t resist the book when I read the back cover Life is like a dumpster As soon as you get rid of one embarrassment, you pick up another I new that this was going to go on forever unless I found someone to set an example for me, and by the time I got the mustard off my shirt, I d made up my mind I d adopt a mother Obviously this book was going to amuse me and since Naylor is a Newbery Medal winner for Shiloh, I figured it was a sure hit There are 26 Alice stories about Alice McKinley growi [...]


    13. Pages 131Lexile Level 910LSummary Eleven year old Alice McKinley moves with her father and older brother to a new town and a new school Yearning for a female role model, she longs to be in the class of the beautiful Miss Cole She could imagine her replacing her own dead mother someday Instead she is assigned to the frumpier Mrs Plotkin For a long time, it seems as though she has no one to help her navigate friendships, boys, and puberty Matter of fact treatment of the latter is likely why the bo [...]


    14. This book literally took me 40 minutes to read but it brought back a lot of memories I first had to read this series in my 5th grade class It was part of our reading group I recently got a galley of the last book in this 24 book series and have decided to take it upon myself to re read the old books that I haven t read in a good 15 years, and read some of the ones I didn t bother reading, culminating in the final book in the series This book was a great book, with a wonderful memorable character [...]


    15. The first of a series that was on a list of frequently banned books so I took it out of the library to see what all the fuss was about Horrors 6th grade Alice gets her first bra and her first period.Somehow I missed this series as my girls were growing up It is that just right combination of funny and growing up agonizing Alice reminds me somewhat of Anastasia, heroine of another good growing up series, who also has a list of what is going well and badly in life In spite of the censors, I would [...]


    16. This is a coming of age book about a girl named Alice All she needs is guidance and with her mom dead she hopes she gets the perfect teacher, but she doesn t and gets stuck with a horrible teacher instead who looks like she can t help Alice at all This was a really quick read and I enjoyed reading it because I could totally relate to Alice.


    17. Alice has moved, once again, from Takoma Park to Silver Spring She meets the kids at school the redheaded Patrick Long, the golden haired princess Pamela Jones, and the perfect Elizabeth Price Alice learns how to deal with all sorts of humiliation, but she takes it in good grace.


    18. This book is the first in the series, and I think it really hits all the emotional highlightstenderness, awkwardness, etc.


    19. The story of Alice brought back my sixth grade memories How courageous and mature Alice is in her sixth grade fantasized me Her life is an inspiration to many young adults The Agony of Alice tells the story of a girl named Alice who struggles to manage without a help from a lady since her mother died years ago She lives with her father and a nineteen year old brother As she grows older, she realizes that she needs to adopt herself a mother As she enters sixth grade, she meets beautiful teacher, [...]


    20. I remembered so much from when I read this in elementary school Watching Alice and Mrs Plotkin s relationship grow was so beautiful and such a good lesson on how the inside is what counts This book is a lot shorter than I remember, unsurprisingly.Alice sounds a lot mature in this than in the prequels, which is as it should be, considering how she s older However, she is still definitely just a sixth grade girl She can be very whiny and bratty and terrible and that side of her makes her so reali [...]


    21. I liked this book, and happened to be about 11 when this book came out The imagery of school was just like my elementary school years This book is about a 6th grade girl and it touches a tiny bit on the first bra, period and kiss It s mostly about self esteem and how someone loving you can have a great impact on you loving yourself My fourth grader is not ready for this book because of the kissing I can see there will be kissing in the next book Kissing in Jr high, tsk tsk I suppose it did happ [...]


    22. a kind, kind bookI didn t have many expectations when I picked the first book in this series but by half of the book my heart was going to Alice To my surprise, I easily identified with this little girl and her growing up experiences one step forward, three steps back am I growing at all Funny without going over the top, moving, it made me remember my childhood and all the people who made it such a wonderful time.


    23. This story follows a young girl named Alice and her two best friends Through the ups and downs of school and relationships comes a story of friendship and total girl power This book gets a four out of five stars It s a fast read, but the very angsty teen dialogue isn t my most favorite.



    24. While I was reading this, I just kept thinking, I wish I d had this book when I was ten Excited to read the series.



    25. In the world of children s literature and in recent years also YA , one name is mentioned above all others Alice To be specific, Alice McKinley the intrepid heroine of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor s long running children s YA series The Agony of Alice is the debut novel of this series, originally published in 1985 and now out in a variety of reprints with myriad versions of cover art Personally, I d be willing to consider Naylor s prequel novel Starting With Alice from 2002 to be the actual beginnin [...]


    26. My favorite book in the Alice series This was the first book Naylor wrote about Alice, though now it falls 4th in the series behind the 3 prequels Alice is in 6th grade and new to Silver Springs She struggles with the idea of whether or not she is growing backwards as evidenced by all of her embarrassing moments Longing for a mother, Alice sets her sights on Miss Cole, a glamorous 6th grade teacher She is sure that if she can just get placed in Miss Cole s class, then she will be living a life c [...]


    27. BANNED BECAUSE OF BLUE BVD S Poor Alice McKinney only ll years old and no mother to show her how to become a woman or even face impending Teenage hood Her father is too busy at his music store and her much older brother is worse than useless as if either of them had first hand experience in distaff duties Alice concludes that she needs to adopt some glamorous, spiffy, chic teacher as a fill in mom But she winds up in the Wrong class to realize that goal so easily she considers herself doomed whe [...]


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