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VOYAFans of Naylor's Alice series will not be disappointed with her most recent addition. Alice spends the summer before junior year working at Hecht's, a local department store. She soon realizes that she was hired because the store was desperate for workers for a sale and winds up dealing with shoplifters and friends who want to take advantage of her employee discount. Her brother, Les, proposes to his African American girlfriend, Tracy, only to be dumped, most likely because her grandmother disapproves of their union. Alice starts to feel disconnected from the friends with whom she grew up. Her friends are talking about having sex and are willing to try things that she does not feel ready for. With the recent popularity of books about materialistic rich girls living on the edge, the Naylor's series is comfortable and familiar. It deals with timely issues with which teen girls struggle in an honest way. Her twenty-first addition to the series is not unique in tone. Those readers who are not familiar with the Alice books will most likely not pick this one up without encouragement. Despite the fact that Alice is in high school in later additions to the series, it still will appeal mostly to 'tween girls. The books continue to be well written and enjoyable. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Simon & Schuster, 288p., Ages 11 to 15.