Daily Archives: February 27, 2013

The Agony of Alice

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Category: Of Interest to Girls

Personal Evaluation: Unlike Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, I read the whole Alice series as a tweenager so I can personally attest to its relevance and accuracy. I adored Alice and still do.

What might interest children: Girls in the throes of early puberty and all the changes that sixth grade brings, having a boyfriend, dealing with a clueless dad and older brother… they will all relate to Alice on probably multiple levels.

Update: I recently read this with my Adults Who Read Kids Books group, an impressive and inspiring collection of librarian heroines. They were extremely critical and thought Alice was hopelessly out of date. Perhaps if I read this for the first time as an adult, I would be able to see what they see. But maybe not – I find I’m not overly critical. We also read another one (Achingly Alice?) that everyone else thought was very didactic and forced but I thought was okay. I thought it seemed the most dated (funny because it’s one of the more recent ones – but does anyone call it “getting a pelvic” anymore?) but overall fine.