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Alice In-Between (Alice #6)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,632 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
In between, that's what Alice decides she is. During the spring of seventh grade and the summer that follows, she feels she is neither child nor woman, and waits, not so patiently, for beauty to blossom. As she turns 13 and her older brother, Lester, takes her out on the town, some almost grown-up things happen to her, but there are unexpected dangers attached. And a marve ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published March 1st 1994)
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Jessica
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-fiction
The pencil test! Ah!

Also, Alice's poetry reading made me tear up.
Logan Hughes
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girly-ya, alice
If you're reading the Alice books more or less in order but skipping around a little, like I did, don't skip this one. It's not filler like some of them are. This one has a good amount of forward motion on the serieswide arcs, and touches on a lot of serieswide themes (though anviliciously).

Alice feels "in between" childhood and adulthood and she wishes for a mother to help her though. She is "in between" (!) friendship and a relationship with Patrick. Of her friends, Elizabeth is prudish, Pamel
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10-11 Jenna
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome! My friend recommended this to me and so I checked it out.....
When i first opened it I knew from then that this was going to be an awesome book and ta-da! It was!
Melody
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alice really is in-between. Her friend Pamela is the wild one. Her friend Elizabeth is the conservative one. Alice is just somewhere in the middle.

Okay, maybe this is just me having a different reaction to the book than I would have if I were a teenager reading it, but I'm a little disturbed with these three 13 year old girls going on a train by themselves and being in Chicago by themselves. I mean, I remember being that age and being dropped off at the mall with my friends and we were by ourse
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Joyce
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book flew by so quickly that I didn't expect that ending until I turned the page. I love how it starts out with Alice going out for a fancy night with Lester. That was so fun to read about. Loved reading about the trip to Chicago and life's ups and downs as usual. Plot twist - Mrs. Plotkin has a heart attack, and Patrick kisses Alice once more even though they're supposed to be just "special friends". Also - Patrick's family is both rich and chill. Nice.
Cecilia Barrera
Alice-In-Between is about a young girl Alice and her friends Elizabeth and Pamela on a trip to Chicago on a train. Lets start at the beginning Alice turns thirteen and she is officially a teenager. A question she asked herself was "Wasn't being a teenager supposed to feel different?" I recommend this book to readers that like the Alice series.
Chaana
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it

Alice In-Between is a book about the growing up, and learning to deal with problems. The book is also showing how teen girls react to certain problems in their lives. One example of this is when a boy sticks chewing gum into Pamela’s hair. After this, Pamela freaks out because she had to cut her long, blonde hair. When Pamela cuts her hair, she starts looking and acting like a mature woman. Later, Pamela meets a 30 year-old man and acts like she’s 30, too. This leads to Pamela being groped at a
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Maria
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Covers the the end of seventh grade and the first half of summer, in which Alice turns thirteen and finds herself in-between child and teen. Definitely one of my favorites in the series

In this one, Alice goes on a grown-up date with her brother, does the pencil test for the first time, and takes a trip to Chicago with Pamela and Elizabeth. This last incident is one of the most memorable in the series. Pamela poses as an older woman on the train and ends up on a date with a creep, only to find he
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brooklynnnne
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
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Natalie
This is the summer after 7th grade, and like most 13 year-old girls, Alice doesn't quite know where she fits.

Alice, Pamela and Elizabeth take a trip to Chicago to see Aunt Sally. I think this was one of the most memorable incidents of the whole series, because of what happened to Pamela. On the train ride their, she was sexually harassed. I think, even as an adult, that's a pretty scary thing. Pamela has always been annoying to me, and her behavior on the train, sealed the deal, but that doesn'
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Crys
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Alice read!

This times readers are introduced to teenager Alice - and she brings it in with a bang. She takes a trip to Chicago with her two best friends, and mayhem on the train ensues thanks to Pamela.

But is being thirteen all Alice had hoped for? After all, this is the start to a new part of her life.

The title is perfect because Alice finds herself at a crossroads in this novel. She is coming off of childhood and stepping into adolescence, but is she ready for all that that enta
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Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2014-read
This is the review for Alice 1-6. Alice has made it through sixth grade, seventh grade and the summer in between. I am reading these not as the intended audience of middle schooler, but as a parent of a middle schooler. What Naylor does well is capture the weird exuberance and insecurities of being 12. The McKinley family is one of those families you want to belong to, Dad is level headed, not easily ruffled and not afraid of being honest with his kids. Lester is both clued in and clueless older ...more
Leigha's Little Library
Child me: 5 stars
Adult me: 5 stars

*For the first book in a "child/teen/middlegrade/nostalgic" book, I am going with the rating younger me would have gone with, then if I read on in the series, I will rate the books what adult me believes it should be rated. If the book is a stand alone, I will go with whatever rating I feel most comfortable giving the book. Please note, I do not really think books should have an age limit. People should read what they want to regardless of the intended age group
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K.
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
The Alice books were one of my main source of information about puberty and growing up in a fun, non-clinical manner. There was no internet to be had when I was a preteen and the very idea of speaking to my mother about this sort of thing filled me with horror (still does, to be honest!) To my mother's credit, I think she may have known this, because she was always very understanding of my need for knowledge and did not protest my urging for weekly library trips.

I mostly remember this particular
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Jessica
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the whole alice series, but this was one of the most memorable ones. This book explored many of the subjects that others books for his age are afraid to, such as sex, going up, ect. Also, I loved the character Alice, a young girl going through many of the conflicts that real girls go through everyday. Even though this book was written pretty long ago, not much have changed. (except rouge becoming blush and iPhones and more social media) Alice had a clear voice, and I loved how she wasn't ...more
Slone
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Naylor writes well about the period between childhood and becoming an adult. Sometimes, though, her interactions with her father seem ... overly adult. Would any 12-year-old really ask her father if he was having sex with his girlfriend? I'm not sure if I disbelieve it because of my own relationship with my parents, or if I should suspend disbelief b/c of our difference in families (for instance, she's been without a mother for most of her life, so she's used to being more forthright with her da ...more
Jennifer
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Alice turns 13 and struggles with what she calls being "in between" a teen and child. At her birthday party, she receives two great presents. First, she and her two best friends get to travel on the overnight train to Chicago and spend a week with her relatives. Second, because her brother Lester forgot about her birthday, she tells him she wants him to take her to a nice dinner, a show, and dancing.

A lighter slice of life after the previous Alice book, this one finds Alice and her friends flirt
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Fayth Godbold
Alice In-Between is a good book for girls in that akward stage between preteen and teen. I love this book because it is a prime example of how hard it is going into the stages of a teenager and also how hard it is to be a teenager. Where are more books like this?!

In this book Alice is now considered a teenager, but she is trying to figure out why she still feels like a kid. I could instantly relate to that part right away. Throughout the rest of the book, Alice deals with the pros and cons of b
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Jess
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pre-teen girls
One of my sweetest childhood memories is laying with my friend Lisa in a big queen-sized bed at her grandparent's cabin, waiting for the rain to subside as we took turns reading out loud from "Alice In-Between". We loved Alice, she was our good friend and our confidant, and she knew what we were going through when we thought nobody else did. I believe I've read most of the Alice series, a childhood favorite of mine, but this one was always my very favorite.
Lindsey
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
I continue to love these books and how RIGHT they are! Alice and her friends do such a good job of personifying typical girl behavior, and it always makes me giggle. Alice in-between is about how Alice is no longer a child but not yet an adult. At first she hates her position in limbo, but by the end she revels in the fact that she can eat dinner with Patrick's parents, for instance, and carry on an intelligent conversation, but she doesn't have to make the big decisions.
Samantha
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is aptly titled as the author does a great job of writing what it feels like to be in between childhood and becoming a teenager. The book is dominated by Alice and her friends' trip to see Alice's Aunt Sally in Chicago. The girls experience some very grown up events, such as Pamela's game with an older passenger aboard the train. The group of friends is growing up and it's awkward and at times far from the glamour they thought was all awaiting them. Recommended for girls grades 5-8.
Kit
Jan 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big fan of the teen realistic fiction genre. I figure if I'm going to revisit that time of my life, I at least want magic swords and/or space travel out of it. But the Alice books are some of the best. They have more heart than Judy Blume, and they're usually funny on purpose. Although in this one, copyright 1990, I tended to crack up at the descriptions of leggings and poofy-skirted, tube-top dresses.
♡ Kristina
Aug 27, 2013 marked it as to-read
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
Elissa
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Alice turns thirteen, has a grown-up date with her brother, and visits Chicago with her two best friends.

Book takes place: The end of 7th grade and summer between 7th and 8th grades.
Alice's life lessons: ...
Best Alice moment(s): Saving Crystal from the Octopus; Pamela and the gum disaster; the pencil test; Amtrak; Patrick's hermit crab.
Caroline
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book in the Alice series that I read, and it was definitely one of the best.
Alice and her best friends Pamela and Elizabeth go on a train ride to Chicago to visit Alice's aunt, uncle, and cousin. Pamela tries to get a sophisticated personality to match her new haircut, but it doesn't totally work out.
Joey
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hilarious
Being a teenager is hard, especially if you just turned into one. You feel stuck, or, as Alice likes to call it, "in-between." Trust me, Alice, I know how it feels like, I've been there. While it certainly isn't my favorite Alice book, I loved it. It was hilarious, had a ton of heart, I can't wait to read the next one!
Elissa
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice turns thirteen, has a grown-up date with her brother, and visits Chicago with her two best friends.

Book takes place: The end of 7th grade and summer between 7th and 8th grades.
Alice's life lessons: ...
Best Alice moment(s): Saving Crystal from the Octopus; Pamela and the gum disaster; the pencil test; Amtrak; Patrick's hermit crab.
Megan
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was the first of this series I read from this author. I think it was pretty good, how it didn't have a huge problem in the book, but still an interesting story. I liked how it goes back to her other books in the series.
Holly
Jul 24, 2008 rated it liked it
This is my first alice book and i was happily surprised. I can relate so much to the character and this book answers questions young girls are thinking about but would never actually ask themselves. I will be sure to read more of the Alice books
Brian
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
This Alice book takes place during the end of the school year and the summer. Alice's friends endure the usual humiliation they often face l, in particular, Pamela loses her hair after a gum incident. They also go on a train trip with some very mature occurrences happening. Not my favorite.
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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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