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Alice in Lace

Alice in Lace

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by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Alice and her classmates are facing some grown-up decisions as an assignment for the Critical Choices unit in health class. Alice and Patrick are planning a wedding and a honeymoon and setting up a home, all for five thousand dollars. And some of their friends are facing even tougher make-believe situations.


Alice and her classmates are facing some grown-up decisions as an assignment for the Critical Choices unit in health class. Alice and Patrick are planning a wedding and a honeymoon and setting up a home, all for five thousand dollars. And some of their friends are facing even tougher make-believe situations.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In this newest stage of Alice's journey to adulthood, the appealing heroine begins eighth grade with a million questions and few answers. Her health teacher, Mr. Everett, has assigned the members of the class various real-life scenarios to investigate and come to terms with. Some of Alice's friends are facing teenage pregnancy, shoplifting, totaling a car, and arranging a funeral. Alice and her friend Patrick are to plan their wedding, honeymoon, find an apartment, and buy furniture on a very limited budget. With her great sense of humor, Naylor once again captures the true turmoil of adolescence. The awkward feelings and questions about budding bodies and an awareness of the opposite sex are handled in a true-to-life but lighthearted and sensitive manner. Some questions go unanswered, but life will eventually fill in those blanks. Naylor obviously has fun exploring friendship, family, relationships, and even love. With all of these issues permeating the story, Alice and her friends are a little more serious than in previous titles, but readers will still find plenty to laugh at and cheer about. Alice in Lace leaves readers wanting to see where life will take Alice next but still hoping that she won't grow up too fast.-Tracey Kroll, Brookland Middle School, Richmond, VA
Hazel Rochman
What happens if you get pregnant? What happens if you're caught shoplifting? How much does a wedding cost? Alice's eighth-grade health class is studying Critical Choices: investigating and role-playing "how the choices you make now can affect the rest of your life." The latest in Naylor's wonderful series about Alice is more didactic than usual: like Anne Fine's "Flour Babies" (1994), the story openly explores such issues as unplanned, unwanted pregnancy and how babies can begin--and end--dreams. There's a contrived subplot in which an angry girl in the class falsely accuses the teacher of sexual harassment; but for most of the story, Alice's comic, affectionate narrative captures the bumblings and failures and intimacies of growing up female now. As Alice and her classmates try out adult roles, it's a bit like playing house and dress-up; it's also very clear that lack of planning can mean serious trouble. The message is all the more convincing because it isn't simplistic. Naylor is honest--you can't control everything that happens to you, nor would you want to.
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Alice McKinley is in eighth grade and involved in a most intriguing project in Mr. Everett's health class. The unit is Critical Choices and the assignments are adult roles that range from buying a car to arranging burial for a deceased grandmother to being pregnant to being caught shoplifting. Alice and Patrick are about to be "married" and have $5000 to pay for everything from the wedding to renting and furnishing an apartment. The youngsters have five weeks to complete the work that involves making choices, learning the importance of planning and discovering that they cannot always control every situation. Patrick and Alice quarrel during a wedding planning session and he leaves declaring, "The wedding's off." Everything eventually gets resolved and the two even have a festive mock wedding in class. A sub plot centers on Jill, who is unhappy with her assignment, accusing Mr. Everett of sexual harassment. This popular series titled "The Alice Books" ranges from eight- year- old Alice in Starting Alice to the latest release, Incredibly Alice, where she is a high school senior. Middle school girls who have yet to discover this series will greatly enjoy this believable character and the true- life situations of the plots. It will surely lead them to the rest of the series. Purchase is recommended. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth

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Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date:
Alice Series
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh, the Alice series, and Roxie and the Hooligans. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about Alice, visit AliceMcKinley.com.

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Alice in Lace 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book! I have read it many times. Phillis is an amazing author, and I love the Alice series. Rating: Outstanding
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Alice book was the first I ever read and is still the best out of all the alice books I have read. All of the time there was some situation going on and it was always hularious!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alice is getting married as an assignment for a critical choices unit in health class. Alice and her husband Patrick have to plan a wedding and a honeymoon, and they have to set up a home all for five thousand dollars. But they are not the only ones facing tough decisions. Some of there classmates have tougher decisions, like burying their own mother. Could you ever imagine? This is not an easy assignment for any body, but it is a great experience to learn about our world, and how to make good and bad choices. Could you ever imagine yourself making a big and serious choice that may change your life forever? We will just have to wait until those days come. I really enjoyed this book there were some things that I didn¿t like. Sometimes I got confused when the book would talk about so many characters at one time. I loved how I could relate the book to my life. Alice is just my age and in the book she has some of the same problems I have. This book is part of a series. There are so many Alice books, but the good thing about them is that you don¿t have to read any of them in order. I think any girls out there would enjoy any of the Alice books because the entire Alice series is about her life growing up with just a brother and dad. Boys may like this book also to learn more about girls¿ life. I think if anyone out there can get their hands on any of the Alice books try to read it and see how it goes! Boys may like this book also to learn more about girls¿ life. I think if anyone out there can get their hands on any of the Alice books try to read it and see how is goes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all of the Alice books and in this one I was laughing out loud in class. It was funny and very exciting!! I NEED TO KNOW WHEN MORE BOOKS ARE COMING OUT BECAUSE THEY ARE SO GOOD. I got all my friends addicted to the books so now we trade books with each other. I love how this book they have to make a wedding and stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I definitely think that Alice in Lace is a great book! The whole series is terrific! I've enjoyed alice's adventures since day 1!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Alice in Lace is a great book and i really recommend it to a 10-14 year old girl!! Phyliis Renolds Naylor is a great author!!I love the great assinments that there teacher gives them!! A deffenet must read!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As Alice prepared to hear what she was assigned to do for her health project, she glared around the room. Everyone in the class was anxious and anticipating to know what they would have to do. After a few people, next came Alice. Alice, you are assigned to be engaged. As Alice sat there thinking, she knew that this would be fun. This book that you are now hearing about is none other then Alice In Lace. Alice and her friends are in 8th grade now, and beginning to become more mature. The main settings in this book are at school and in Alice¿s house. Alice lives with her father and older brother. Her father and brother have discussed the project with her and have had many laughs. Not everyone has gotten assigned to what they wanted, but that¿s the purpose of their project, real life doesn¿t come how you want it. This book had real life situations that would occur to many young adults. I liked this book because it was very open with ideas. They talked about what would happen if you got pregnant in high school, young engagements, even what you would do if your grandmother died. The author had a very good idea about how she could connect to her readers, and let them know what¿s happening in the world. I also liked the fact that it wasn¿t too long, and the chapters weren¿t long either. My first impression of the book was that it was boring, but when I got to understand it more in the middle, it was interesting. I would recommend this book to young girls. Young girls should read this book because it gives you ideas of what not to do. After reading this book I¿m sure it would give you a different outlook on your actions. If you don¿t like reading long books, then this is definitely the book for you. Even though it is not long it brings out a lot of fun. You¿d be surprised with a book like this! Remember, don¿t judge a book by its cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alice in Lace Atheneum books, 1996, 139pages, $15.00 By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor ISBN#: 0-698-80358-3 ''I¿m getting married!' she said.' Alice McKinley is faced with a hypothetical situation. It is an assignment Mr. Everett assigned his class to help them make good decisions. Alice and her fellow classmates are faced with marriage, shoplifting, teenage pregnancy, totaling a car, and organizing a funeral. Alice and her boyfriend, Patrick, have to plan a honeymoon, wedding, and buy the furniture with a low budget of money to spend. It seems easy but it is harder than it looks. Then, Alice spots the vice principle in Sylvia Summers¿ classroom. He was pleading her to give him another chance. This wouldn¿t be so bad but Sylvia is dating Alice¿s father. With her brother¿s old girlfriend makes a shocking announcement, Pamela¿s pillow pranks, and Elizabeth¿s car problems, and how to afford the wedding and honeymoon, there is also a new person arrives! This is such a great book for young teens. It tells about some teenage problems and how they solve them. This has a lot of humor and will make you want to keep reading. I love this series and it always makes me laugh one time or another. Other books in this series are 'The Agony of Alice', 'Alice in April', and 'All but Alice'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book shows the funny side to a class assignment dealing with the future. Watch as Patrick, Alice, Pamela, and Elizabeth deal with this assignment and plan their future! A very good book for teenagers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recomend these books. You too will love them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really great book.. it was humorous, good hearted, and even had a lesson. I recommend this book to all the alice fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book Alice in lace. Everyone one has to read the book.It's not confusing at all. I think Alica in lace was one of the best books i read. In the summer. I would aways read it again if I had lots of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! Alice has lots of problems that relate to teens all over the world. Having a crazy brother and and pretending to be getting married is hard sometimes!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was okay but i was kind of disapointed because there was not as much stuff in it as i thought
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alice in lace, a truthful story of a young girl learning the mistakes of life. in this story a brave young adult experiances the challenges of marriage and sexuality. Naylor really expresses the harsh times of a young girl growing up, alice goes through everything we go through. i love it![: