Somehow, Alice thought eighth grade would be more exciting than it's turning out to be. It's not that things aren't changing all around her - her older brother's ex-girlfriend is getting married, her boyfriend Patrick is turning into a jerk, a boy is showing attention to Elizabeth, and Pamela is dealing with a painful family crisis. It's just that nothing is happening to Alice. How can she make her life a little less ordinary? But Alice's attempts to spark up her life always seem to end up more embarrassing than outrageous. Is she destined to be the same old boring Alice forever?
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Now that she is setting into eighth grade, the class she used to envy, Alice discovers it isn't as exciting as she thought. She's tired of being the same old Alice, and longs to be a bit outrageous.
Instead, she finds herself in situations that are more embarrassing then they are thrilling. She likes dressing up as a showgirl for Halloween, but hasn't counted on what happens in the broom closet at school. And she's delighted to be a bridesmaid, but feels awkward at the bridal shower. Even Patrick begins to seem childish to her.
Elizabeth and Pamela, however, her two best friends, feel that life is changing too much for them. Elizabeth finds that a new a boy at school is attracted to her, while Pamela faces a serious problem at home. Lester, too, Alice's brother, can't quite believe he's losing his old girlfriend, Crystal. When Alice dials Miss Summers, however, the woman her father loves, there is always the hope that this time she will get the mother she has always wanted.About the Author:
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the author of more than 85 books for children and adults. She has won numerous awards, including the Newbery Award for Shiloh. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her family.
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