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Alice in Charge (Alice #22)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  768 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Senior year is a big deal, and it’s full of huge decisions and the very best kind of memory making—but, for Alice McKinley, her last year of high school is being overshadowed by some very difficult situations. A sudden increase in vandalism at the school leads Alice to discover an angry and violent group of students—teenage Neo-Nazis. And if t ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published June 15th 2010)
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Kricket
just when i think there is nothing else PRN can throw at alice...and let me remind you that alice and her friends have experienced sexual assaults, divorced parents, homophobia, abusive relationships, leukemia, multiple deaths of loved ones, teen pregnancy, racism, alcohol related accidents, suicide, cruel pranks, and countless other teen problems...PRN brings in...

NEO-NAZIS!!!!!!!!

i'm sorry. i know that neo-nazis exist, and they must exist in high school too. and i know that i said this last ju
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Hannah
I mean, there's no way I'm going to stop reading them NOW.
Helen
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Katyh
I've been reading the Alice books since the late '80s; the first one was published in 1985. We're almost at the end -- maybe three more books? At this point, the 20 years (oh my god) I have invested in this series is the only thing that keeps me reading the new ones. It feels like Naylor is creatively done with these series, but since she's come this far, might as well finish the whole damn thing.

Naylor should get credit for tackling hard issues in her books, but my god, at this point, it's a fr
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Melody
2.5 stars. I'm committed to this series but I'm starting to hope that it finishes when Alice graduates. Naylor covers a lot of ground but there are so many Big Issues that it's hard to see Alice's life in and among them. And yes, I'm happy to see that Naylor isn't afraid to tackle the issues, but having this many crammed into one book is about 3 too many. It's teetering on the edge of didactic, the dialogue is stilted and intermittently unrealistic- but it's still Alice, so I'm stuck reading it. ...more
Hannah
I needed something breezy to entertain me during hours upon hours of nursing, and I adored the Alice books when I was in middle school so I grabbed this off the shelf at the library. Big mistake--as the Alice empire has expanded to twenty-something books, they've become less entertaining and way more public-service-announcement-y, including testimonials on the back cover from tweens waxing un-poetically about "how gr8 ur writing is!" to Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and awkward shout-outs to way too m ...more
Christiana
Dudes, I love Alice as much as the next person, but why hasn't Ben pulled her out of this school? It's like a tragedy farm (and neo nazis too? Yeesh)!
Talia
Alice is starting her senior year of high school and is a bit overwhelmed with everything: picking a college, being the features editor of the school paper, keeping her relationship with Patrick alive, and trying to maintain a life.

This book was fine, but I’m getting a little tired of the “Afterschool Special”/”Social Problem of the Month” feel that these books have started to take. That being said, I liked the subplot of “Slow Amy” better than the White Pride subplot. Hmm, does this mean that
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Kirsten
I have so enjoyed this series, but it has finally tipped over the edge for me. Every single book has become a Very Special Episode focusing on the Issue of the Week, and they are heavy-handed and preachy. The dialogue is stilted and unbelievable (particularly from the mouths of teenagers). The situations are contrived. If Alice's friends aren't directly involved in the Issue of the Week, they are practically invisible. We didn't even get much of Lester here, or.... anybody. Just Alice whining.
Elissa
Alice's senior year -- she deals with a Neo-Nazi group at school, defending Amy from a harassing teacher, befriends a Sudanese exchange student, researches colleges, and gets closer to Patrick.

Book takes place: Fall semester of senior year.
Alice's life lessons: People are entitled to their opinions, even if you think they're wrong.
Best Alice moment(s): few and far between, but Alice totally messing up when she is visiting colleges was a good chapter.

I love Alice, but this book was so far-out the
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Ernica
Jan 15, 2012 Ernica added it
I Liked how the book started with them remembering Mark and ended with Alice's article on Mark but that the whole book hadn't been about his death. Sure there were moments where Mark was remembered all the time but this was their senior and they also had to go on living even though Mark was no longer with them. I'm glad that Lester was finally able to graduate but Alice going on her college visits made me think of my colleges hopefully i won't make the same mistakes she did like going to the wro ...more
Samantha
It's Alice's first semester of her senior year of high school. She's got a lot on her plate and it seems like everytime she turns around she's picking up another responsibility. Her friends are all still reeling from the unexpected death of their friend Mark, but soon everybody is back into the rush and excitement of school.

A foreign exchange student from Sudan features prominently in the story when he becomes the victim of a racist group of students at school. Alice and her crew who produce The
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Allison Bailey
I love Alice. I should have made her one of my Top Ten Tuesday heroines, but unfortunately I overlooked her.

This is Alice's newest book, published in 2010. I actually think that this is the 25th book in the Alice series, which spans her life from elementary school to currently her senior year of high school.

In this particular story, Alice's almost-boyfriend is away at college while she is dealing with the death of a friend (in a previous book), choosing her own college, and using her status as f
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Jillian Roth
Alice in Charge by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the 22nd book in the Alice series. The protagonist is Alice, an over-extended high school senior. She is dealing with a lot of pressure with her multitude of clubs, college applications, and her father's failing business. Even though Alice is extremely stressed out, she finds time to forge relationships with people she feels compelled to help out. Daniel is a Sudanese refugee, and Amy is a mainstreamed special education student. Alice finds the right ...more
Christi
Summary: Alice is a senior with a lot going on. She’s researching colleges, writing for the school newspaper, and dealing with all of the extra stuff life throws at her. A new student at the school, who is a refugee from Sudan, is the target of a white supremacy group and a friend of Alice’s is molested by a teacher. Alice remains steadfast and true to herself and helps her friends through these troubled times.

Review: Alice in Charge by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor carries on the story of Alice in th
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Lillian
Like plenty of other readers, Alice has been in my life for quite some time. Even though I don't read her books as soon as they come out, I eventually get around to the latest. When I saw Alice in Charge at the library I just about lit up in excitement. To my surprise, I found another book already published, which I'll be sure to read as soon as possible. However, Alice in Charge was a bit disappointing. Having being used to seeing Alice with her friends, it was sad to see Alice... almost on her ...more
Sarah
Longtime Alice fans know that Naylor has made the Alice series into a forum for introducing just about every modern "issue" under the sun (and demonstrating a "level-headed" response by way of describing Alice's actions). As Alice gets older, the issues get more and more serious, and this book definitely doesn't let up, following the drama of the previous title in the series. Yes, in addition to typical 12th-grade issues such as applying to college, finding a dress for the winter formal, and hop ...more
Bibble
I only gave the book four stars because the Alice books seem to be getting worse. I liked Alice's freshmen and sophomore year. Her junior year was okay, but so far her senior year is just uneventful. Sure there's the neo-nazis and Patrick and a weird creepy teacher, but it's all just bleh. I will still read the Alice books, but if it gets any more uneventful than this I will be struggling to finish.
Amanda Wilson
1/19/11 I think that this book is really good so fare i am not that fare into the book i just started it a couple days ago. This book it explain its details alot. alice is a senior and just started being reportor for there school news paper called The Edge. one of the reportors asked her to asked students how much sleep do they get a night and what time do they go to bed at? She went to the there school dance with her friends and she met this boy and she dance with him and he didn't really know ...more
Brianna
Every so often I feel like an Alice fix, so I decided to pick this up since its one of the last ones, dealing with her senior year. I love how Ms. Naylor really makes Alice have real feelings and real situations in her books, and that is the one reason I feel so drawn to her books. Another thing I like is how Alice struggles with her long distance love affair with Patrick. More than once I could relate to her feelings and in some ways, a sense of loss when that special someone is not there to sh ...more
Miri
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Katie Fitzgerald
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 ...more
Odette
I get that these books present a great role model for girls. And I appreciate that Phyllis Reynolds Naylor tackles a lot of subjects in them so that there’s a lot for people to relate to. I also appreciate that she has a lesbian couple present in several of her books. I’d like to see her do more with that, though. I feel like her portrayal of them right now is currently rather stereotypical. In this book, one of the girls talks about how she played with trucks as a kid and never wanted to wear d ...more
Sarah Mackey
At this point, I'm reading these because I've read ALL OF THEM and have been doing so for more than half of my life. (Holy crap.) I've always loved the characters in these books but this one saw very little of the secondary characters and too much focus on the Big Issues. Which, fine, I appreciate that these books have become a way to bring up important issues, but that's not what I like about them.

I will keep reading these until they're done (which I think is in the next book or two) but they a
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Amanda
Every single time I read one of these books the same things happen:
-complete joy and excitement in anticipation
-laughing, gasping, blushing (Patrick!), smiling at all the places I've been too (I too live in Maryland!)
-read the whole book as fast as possible- I can't get enough!
-become very sad when the book ends because it's over.
-Wish Alice was my friend, wish I went to her school, knew her brother, was in her group of friends

I started reading these books in middle school and for a short while
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Brandee Terry
I'm still reading this series because I can't ever give up. but this series is ready to be over!
Nisha
The Alice books are always good, and this one didn't disappoint. However, it did focus a lot on Mark Stedmeister's death, and that was kind of a downer- not to mention that his death was really talked about in the previous book. Also, the issues of racism, prejudice, and other not-so-good adult concepts make this book a lot more serious than most of the other ones, which mostly focused on Alice's friends and families personal problems. So while not exactly the book to cheer you up on a bad day, ...more
Charty
I rarely dislike any of the Alice books, but this one suffered from an excess of plot. Naylor never shies away from tacking any number of topical issues, but this book tried to stuff in too many 'big' ones in a limited narrative space that included racism/hate crimes AND sexual abuse. Topics worthy of discussion, but somehow trying to do both in a single book seems to shortchange a thoughtful, developed exploration of the issues. For the limited space she had, I think she did a fine job, but it ...more
Estelle
I think this is my first time reading about Alice in high school. Felt the book was missing a lot of Alice's early quirks and spunk. Sort of dry? Liked to see where the characters were presently, but at the same time surprised by the new friend Gwen and calling Elizabeth Liz all of a sudden. Hoping this is just a fluke in the series, and some of the others will redeem it. I know it's hard to keep up with a character for so long, especially as she grows up. But Alice seemed pretty one-dimensional ...more
♡ Kristina
Banned Books 2011
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

Banned Books 2006
Reasons: offensive language and sexually explicit

Banned Books 2003
Reasons: sexual content, offensive language, unsuited to age group

Banned Books 2002
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Banned Books 2001
Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.

Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father's occupation as a salesman.

Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good boo
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