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Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Achingly Alice.

Simon & Schuster, Pulse. 149p. c1998. 0-689-86396-9. $4.99. J

To quote from the hardcover review in KLIATT, September 1998: Good middle-school fare, with Naylor continuing with her ninth book about Alice as she grows up. In this one, Alice is hoping that her widowed father marries her favorite teacher, Miss Summers. She talks with her dearest friends about everything in their lives. This chatter includes Pamela's anger that her parents are separated and her mother has a new boyfriend; another friend, Elizabeth, has to have a pelvic exam for a vaginal discharge, and she gives her friends a horrified blow-by-blow description of the exam. (Every teenage girl dreads her first pelvic exam, and this should fascinate readers.)

A wonderful character is Alice's older brother, Lester, who goes to college but is always there for Alice to consult when she needs him. Miss Summers spends Christmas with them and gets snowed in and must spend the night as Alice's roommate, so Alice is alive with hope that her father's romance will succeed and that Miss Summers will become her new mother. This is a sequel to Outrageously Alice, and not the end of stories about Alice and her family and friends. Claire Rosser, KLIATT

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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Author:Rosser, Claire
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Date:Jan 1, 2004
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