Sometimes I think this series takes on more issues than any one young girl could possibly experience in one lifetime. This time Alice is up against a group of racist students at her school, who have issues with non-white kids, including a Sudanese refugee whom Alice has befriended. She's also dealing with the inappropriate sexual advances of a teacher toward her and special ed. student Amy. I liked seeing the inner workings of the school newspaper staff, and the student jury, and found the book highly entertaining, but sometimes Naylor goes a bit overboard by trying to have Alice experience everything. I think the best thing about this book, though, is that it shows what not to do when visiting colleges. Poor Alice tries to do all it on her own, with unfortunate consequences that actually did ring pretty true.