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Feisty thirteen-year-old Alice Parker knows something isn't right. Aches and pains have started, she hardly sleeps and her craving for fruit is out of control. Suddenly she is top of the class in every subject. Feeling at odds with the world and being bullied by the 'coven' at school, Alice can't take much more. Only when she collapses and experiences a life-changing trans ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 152 pages
Published March 2012 (first published December 17th 2011)
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Leanne Maala
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The author wrote such vivid descriptions, and I found myself wanting to be Alice, to be a part of her world. The storyline is very well-written and it lured me in from the first page. The story will make you guess and guess, but your guesses are hardly ever right. Alice was also very easy to love. She was a bit reluctant and uneasy at first, but then she accepts who she is and becomes strong and determined. Her metamorphosis was also well paced, and it never fel
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Jason
Alice Parker - the girl who doesn't really fit in, has aches, pains, and can't sleep ... The girl who is about to change and become - well, I won't spoil that bit ;)
It doesn't take long before Alice finds herself involved in a rescue plot - aided by her friend, step-brother, and Grandparents.
As the story unfolds, we learn more of Alice's new world and upcoming way of life, plus there are some interesting pieces of information laid around by the author, letting us imagine what could happen in fut
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Jennifer
This is a lovely book with cute, memorable characters. Alice's metamorphosis is intriguing, and her issues are unique. I enjoyed following her as she discovered who she would become, and I found her supporting cast to be strange, interesting people. The entire book has a very British feel to it--the settings, the snow, the details--which I loved. The only reason I can't give this book five stars is because the ending is a bit abrupt. Every plot thread wraps up nicely until the last couple of pag ...more
Emma (Em or Emz)
I love a good kids book! This is not a good one but a great one. I totally fell in love with the Finwip society and Alice Parker in particular.
The writing was very easy to read and i really enjoyed immersing myself in Alice's world.
This is a magical tale that is a must read for kids of all ages.
I will be reading the next in the series very soon.
Heather
As a fan of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, I was excited to give this fantasy a try. After all, it's the story we all love; a rather lonely, outcast child/teenager discovers they have special powers/traits they were completely unaware of, finds out their powers/traits are very special and rare even within the new community that embraces them, and puts them to good use.

This book's target audience seems like it would be younger than Harry/Percy was, due to the short length (my copy is only 147 p
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Heidi
I have read a lot of just okay books lately. Hence, I was not expecting much from this one. The more I read the more I wanted. My niece is struggling to find books that she enjoys that aren't "baby books" but still have appropriate content. This is one I am definitely recommending. I am excited to see what else comes.
Elle
3.5

This book is good but I just couldn't love it no matter how hard I tried. The world described was magical and even though the Finwip's sounded amazing, this type of fantasy character just didn't interest me at all. I enjoyed the characters and it was refreshing to see a friendship between girls that didn't rely on both of them being so damn nice.

While this book is aimed at kids and I understand that you won't get a complex plot, I felt that not a lot actually happened in it. It's short, whic
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Maranda Russell
I have always loved the fantasy genre, but will admit to being picky about what series I will actually take the time to read. I look for books that are well-written, plausible (even fantasy needs to be believable) and most importantly, I want stories with characters that aren’t flat or boring. I am happy to say that Metamorphosis met and even surpassed my expectations.

From the moment I started reading this book, I actually found it rather hard to put down. The plot was engaging and carried enoug
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Lucinda
Reading Nicola’s book was like walking through the looking glass as Alice in Wonderland, into the most spellbindingly captivating fantasy story that was overwhelmingly brilliant. It begins as a simple story about an average school girl that is described in realistic detail, hence I was instantly able to relate to and empathize with the main character. You are thrown into all the fast-paced action strait away that is utterly engrossing, and that is highlighted by the use of short, punchy sentence ...more
Sandy
ALICE PARKER’S METAMORPHOSIS (Alice Parker Book 1) by Nicola Palmer

ALICE PARKER’S METAMORPHISIS is the first book in Nicola Palmer’s new Middle Grade fantasy series –Alice Parker. Following the life and metamorphosis of 13 year old Alice Parker as she tries to navigate and fit into a world she never knew existed.

For weeks, 13year old Alice Parker had been feeling ill. Body aches, burning sensation in her back and an increased appetite for fruits and sweets. And to add to her misery, she begins t
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Rachael Woohoo
4 Stars!

First of all, I would like to thank author Nicola Palmer for providing me with a copy of the book for a R2R c:

For me, the best aspect of middle grade fantasy (that is kind of rare in YA writing nowadays) is the fantastic setting and magic you are able to experience when reading. Alice Parker's Metamorphosis was no different. I especially liked how the author was able to describe Alice's world - her writing enchanted me and pulled me in. Sometimes I thought I could actually see the Finwip
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Melanie Cusick-Jones

Thanks to author Nicola Palmer for providing me a copy of Alice Parker's Metamorphosis this week. I've really enjoyed reading this fun, fantasy story about feisty thirteen-year-old Alice.

This is a really well-written book, perfect for the target 'middle grade' audience of 7+, with strong, defined characters who are both funny and believable. The relationships in the story feel genuine, especially between Alice, her brother and best friend. I really enjoyed the early scene-setting at Alice's scho
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Jud (Disney Diva)
This is a fantastic story for children both large and small! I hope I shall always be a child at heart and continue to enjoy such wonderful stories as this one. There is something uplifting in this story, I feel that it would not only teach children about right and wrong but also that it is not always black and white. I came away with a strong impression that you should not judge others and neither should you judge someone by those they are related to or friendly with.

I thought this book was bri
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Jennifer Warrick Davis
This is a great read for children and children at heart. I know that my 11 year old is gonna love it.

The book is about a 13 year old girl that is about to go through a major change. She notices she is starting to great in school without even trying, which isn't helping with popularity. She has issues sleeping at night due to strange pains, and is having huge cravings for fruits and sugars. Lucky for her, she has her best friend Sarah and her brother Thomas to stand by her and give her the suppor
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
May 30, 2012 Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all ages
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Nicola Palmer Author
What would you do, if you couldnt sleep at night, craved fruit constantly and became the smartest person in school? Well, that happened to Alice and a few other things that happen to Alice along the way through this very charming MUST read!! I felt that the author made it so that I was thrusted into this world that isn't so imaginary and I could feel and relate to Alice!! I could feel her struggles of fitting into real life and then fitting in very well with her other life!! Very nice, clean chi ...more
Christine bonner
Thank you Nicola for letting me read this book

It is a book for all ages and mum and dads would love reading it to there young children

This is a book about Alice Parker where she starts to get very good at school, but she has sleepless nights and can not stop eating,

He brother Thomas and her best friend Sarah are with her when she get her wings,
she found out that she is a Finwip just like her granddad.

This is about how Alice copes with her new life but she has to help someone, an so the adventur
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Sonic Alpha
When Alice Parker suddenly starts to excel at school, she knows something isn't right. Plagued by mysterious pains, and a craving for sweet sugary foods, Alice doesn't know what to do. Is this normal for a 13 year old, or is it a sign of something that will forever mark her as different from her fellow classmates?

I loved this book. While marketed as a children's novel, its carefully crafted world of Finwips, Sinwips, and ordinary humans is something I found myself wishing I was part of.
sh(e)reader
This was a cute, clean, quick read. Definitely aimed at the slightly younger set (the protagonist is 13 years old). Set in England, and written with British spellings (colour, personalised,realised) and words (marks, lifts, letterbox). I just note that, as I know things like would throw MY American boys off ... the writing itself also seemed a bit off. Just some strange phrasing. For example ~

(Location 365) "Good Morning Mrs. Barnett," they droned in reply, like bored infants at a pantomime.

What
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Karolien
It's a good book. It takes you right in the story, keeps you in suspense, and leaves you with a huge hunger for the next book in line.

it's about and 13-year old girl who is going through a rough patch but has an amazing brother, friend and grandparents. She gets new friends, and finds out a few things she likes, and don't like. But best of all she accepted herself as who she is, and who she has become. And that is for you to find out what.
Trudy Powders
I enjoyed reading this book,Alice Parker is the main female and she is a teenager,Alice starts to have changes happen to her and she is upset.Alice is restless in her sleep and begings to have physical changes as well.Alice learns of a family secret and she is trusted with a important mission.I liked this book for kids.
Kath Middleton
In this book for young adults, Alice Parker is a thirteen year old with all the typical problems. A major one is her older brother, studying science at Oxford. She begins to find her school work easy and gets top marks in subjects into which she’s put no effort. Great, you might think. Not so when it leads to problems with her classmates. It’s not just her sudden acquisition of brain cells that leads to such a change in Alice’s life.

This is a lovely story with an interesting premise. It’s somet
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Tweedledum
When Alice Parker undergoes a mysterious metamorphosis her greatest wish is to be just a normal girl. She soon discovers, however, that she is not alone...

Here are my wishes after reading this book...

I wish I could change like Alice into a Finwip.....
I wish I could turn the clock back and be young enough to pretend to be a Finwip...
I wish Finwips were true...


A fun and easy read especially for girls aged 8-12.
I am much older than this but love discovering new children's books.
......It should co
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Ruth
I really enjoyed this unusual take on a fairy story. It kept me engrossed til the end. Will be looking out for sequels.
Rose Cimarron
[2012-05-14] The book arrived today...it looks lovely and I'm looking forward to reading it :-)
Wanda Hartzenberg
My one regret regarding this book is that it took me so long to get around to reading it on my TBR list.
It came highly recommended by author friends and now that I have read it I can understand why. The book aimed at the younger spectrum of the YA genre is written in such a way that children and parents alike would love to read this. The story of Alice and her metamorphosis is a fun read with Alice as a strong little girl with problems with fitting in at school, having few but good friends, an
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Books
This is an incredibly fun fantasy adventure that will grab the imagination of young and old alike. Alice is a wonderful character and one that sets an amazing example for today’s youth. While going through her metamorphosis and coming to terms with the fact that she is a Finwip and now has wings (I noticed some similarities to the novel “Wings” by Aprilynne Pike), she also undergoes a lot of emotional changes. I especially liked that there is a message for younger readers about self-worth, and h ...more
Lynn Worton
Review 6******

This is a fantastic children's/YA book! Set in England, it combines a mixture of fantasy and adventure that had me hooked from the first page!

Alice is a fantastic character. Alice is 13 years old and is usually an average student, but she is starting to get these strange urges to eat fruit and sugary foods, and finds herself passing her school tests with ease. Confused and frightened, Alice goes through an amazing metamorphosis, and begins an adventure of a life time.

I fell in love
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Heidi
I received this book from the Author for an honest review.

What an awesome story! I love to read YA books that have a new twist on a story line and this book has it! The characters are well developed and you really fall in love with Alice as she discovers what she is on top of just trying to be a teenager! The Author does a fantastic job of showing the reality of young girls today and some of the issues they face in school with being teased and how to cope with it. I also like how Alice ends up b
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis (Book 1 of Alice Parker’s Adventures)

by Nicola Palmer

152 pages – ages 9+

Published by Kallisto; 2 edition March 7, 2012

Alice Parker (13 years old) didn’t know what was happening to her. Besides being bullied at school by a bunch of mean girls, her back was killing her, she wasn’t getting enough sleep, suddenly she was getting straight A’s in school (even if she hadn’t studied ever), and she had a craving for fruit and sugar. Then, one day it happened, huge butterfly w
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Bex 'n' Books
Reviewer: Stacey
Rating: 5 out of 5 Fairies

I must start by saying that when I was asked to read and review this book I was like "This is a kids book!" Yes, I love paranormal/fantasy books, but I am picky when it comes to choosing what I read. I like to have a connection with the characters and allow them to take me on the journey with them, so admittedly I was apprehensive about reading this...then I started reading and everything I've just said...I take back!

This book wasn't only well written, i
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