The Agony of Alice

The Agony of Alice

Book - 1985
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1985.
ISBN: 9781442423633
Branch Call Number: J NAY
Characteristics: 149 p. ; 20 cm.


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Olivia_H_ Jun 07, 2017

After the death of her mom, Alice goes to her father for all the answers to the questions (even those awkward ones) she has about life.

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Nov 19, 2015

I really like the series of these books! It is really interesting...

Jun 23, 2015

I love this series! Finally, someone wrote a realistic series for teen and tween girls. Alice's problems are completely relatable, and you end up rooting for her even when she fails. A lovely book, with wonderful characters.

Aug 23, 2013

this one wasn't the best. good though.

Yasou_no_Hanabi Apr 07, 2011

This is a great series for girls. You can follow Alice through her teenage years right when YOU are at that stage. Each book doesn't take long to read, and they are really great to read over and over.

Oct 12, 2010

it was a good boook 4 kids, i definatly recommend it


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