The Grooming of Alice (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/9/1
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Alice and her friends, Pamela and Elizabeth, are looking forward to the most exciting summer of their lives. To get into shape for the new school year they jog three miles a day and Alice is enjoying her volunteer job at the local hospital. But things keep happening that Alice hadn't counted on. Her satisfaction with her job is marred by an unexpected sorrow. Her attempt to be a loyal friend to Pamela gets her in trouble with her father and brother, big time. And both she and Pamela are afraid that Elizabeth may be taking her efforts to lose weight too seriously. Could the most exciting summer of their lives be a little too exciting?
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.
and I have thoroughly enjoyed.
The girls, who are 10 and 13, have enjoyed reading all of the previous
books in the series and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Because the next book in the series is about an Alice who is a little more
mature than my older granddaughter and quite a bit more mature than the younger,
I've decided to wait at least another year to before purchasing the next book so both
can continue to "connect" with and appreciate the Alice they've both become so
very interested in.
I should add here that, while there is a 3 year age difference in the girls and they
obviously relate to the Alice in different ways because of their age difference, I have
believe the younger is thoroughly enjoying reading about many of the things a girl like
Alice (and like her older sister) goes through as she grows up and I believe she is
most intrigued by the changes she herself can anticipate as she gets as old as Alice
- and as old as her older sister.
But Elizabeth doesn't seem to know when to stop. Soon she's on the verge of an eating disorder and real emotional problems, and her friends don't know how to help her. And Pamela - rebelling against her life with her newly-divorced father - hides in Alice's house when her father comes looking for her, creating real problems for both herself and Alice.
Meanwhile, Alice and her friend Gwen volunteer at the local hospital, where Alice is overjoyed to meet up with her favorite elementary school teacher again. However, her happiness is shortlived when it's quickly apparent that Mrs. Plotkin's medical issues are quite severe...
Readers will enjoy hearing about Alice, who is just a regular girl facing ordinary problems, but in such a spirited and humorous way, they won't be able to stop until they find out Alice will, in fact, be okay in the end...