Alice the Brave (英語) ペーパーバック – 2003/7/1
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Come and meet Alice. Here she is on the brink of being a teenager and discovering that life is just one big embarrassment. Things are not made any easier by the fact that she has no female role model - Alice's mother died when she was four - so there is just her father and older brother - and what could they possibly know about being a girl and growing up? Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's lively, witty style, mixed with poignance and perception, has captured the essence of adolescent anxieties as we follow Alice through the trials and tribulations of growing up. It's August, and the whole gang is having a terrific time, hanging out at Mark Stedmeister's swimming pool - except Alice, who has a secret even from her best friends Pamela and Elizabeth. Alice is deathly afraid of deep water, and just as afraid of what will happen if her secret gets out. When disaster strikes, it's even worse than Alice imagined. How can she face her friends? And how can she face her boyfriend, Patrick, who's coming home from summer holiday and looking forward to joining the eighth grade swimming team with Alice?
A month before eighth grade begins, Alice realizes she is going to have to face something she's been afraid of forever. Everybody, she knows, is afraid of something: elevators, dogs, planes, spiders . . . but her fear is worse. It's going to bring absolute disaster to the rest of her summer, maybe to the rest of her life. The truth is she's afraid of deep water!
It's a hot August, and everyone in Alice's gang goes to Mark Stedmeister's swimming pool almost every day. Alice sits at the shallow end. She plays badminton. She makes excuses, and keeps her problem secret.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Pamela, Alice's two best friends, tackle problems of their own, and are more or less successful. Life is changing for everyone but Alice.
Bravery begins in little ways, with small steps. That's what Alice finally discovers. And after she faces this particular fear, she knows she can summon the courage to face other fears as well.
As in her previous adventures, Alice tackles some of the big problems of growing up with humor and enterprise and learns once again that a brother, a father, and friends can offer amazing amounts of help.
i think the book really touches the hearts of children who have lost their loved ones,such as a parent,friend,or even a sibling.especially at such a young age. i lost my mother at the age of 11 and it was devistating. it really reached out to me and let me know to be strong no matter what. now i always know what alice felt,even though she didnt really know her mother all that well. i love the alice books and plan to read more!!!
Her big brother Lester decides it's up to him to help Alice. She's not so sure, though, that she's ready to be helped...
Meanwhile, Alice and her best friends Elizabeth and Pamela are just as curious about sex as ever. Elizabeth smuggles a copy of "Arabian Nights" off her parents' shelf and reads excerpts aloud, confusing the girls even more. Plus, Alice's father is dating her seventh grade English teacher, and she has no qualms about badgering him with questions about their relationship. After all, she's just *got* to know!
Like the other "Alice" books, this one is funny and true, very realistic of an adolescent girl's hopes and worries.