Alice In-Between by Phyllis Reynolds NaylorAlice In-Between by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Alice In-Between

byPhyllis Reynolds Naylor

Paperback | May 3, 2011

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Thirteen! It's finally happening. Alice McKinley is an actual, official teenager. But the problem is, she still sort of feels like a kid. Wasn't being a teenager supposed to feel different?  Turning thirteen happens overnight, but the teenager stuff takes time—and a little more patience than Alice has at the moment!

Still, being thirteen does have its advantages, she decides. Alice is allowed to do more exciting things, like take a trip to Chicago with her two best friends. And when she takes a good look at all the relationship problems her older brother has, she realizes that in-between can sometimes be the perfect place.
Author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, and she spent her teenage years in Joliet, Illinois with some occasional trips to Iowa. Two of her series are set in Indiana: the witch books and the Bessledorf mystery series. Some of the titles in those series include "Witch's Sister,""The Witch Herself,""The Witch Returns...
Title:Alice In-BetweenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.6 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:415231986Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442427582

ISBN - 13:9781442427587

Appropriate for ages: 10


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A friendly companion to those going through their own teenage struggles As the title suggests, this installment of the Alice series is when Alice (and friends) are thirteen years old. Alice feels that she is "in-between" a lot of things in her life whether it be breast size, fitting of juniors versus women clothing, dating, etc. It's one of those awkward ages where she feels as if she's not a child anymore but she's not quite a woman. The last installment ended dramatically with a very upsetting (but realistic) topic so I was unsure where this book would go. This book didn't address that topic aside from a mention and essentially saying that the characters didn't know how to deal with that outcome/grief or where to go from that. I actually think that's pretty accurate as that is a very young age to have to deal with that scenario with a peer and I think it would be unrealistic for the characters to come back from that with a 'perfect answer'. Also, there were a couple examples where the characters of Alice and Pamela were mistaken for older women (being a newlywed and college student). Personally, I don't understand how a thirteen year old could be mistaken for a 18+ year old. But..through both of those examples it showed how men could be insistent and that the characters (and readers) should be careful especially with the messages/intentions that they send to others. As always, I do recommend this book and this series overall. I especially recommend this series to readers of similar ages to Alice who may be going through similar situations to these characters. Along with feeling as if they are not alone, readers can be given guidance through a character that reads like a friend. Definitely an essential read while growing up!
Date published: 2016-12-19

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review Energetic dialogue and sprightly episodes keep the series fresh.