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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Series: Alice (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689800959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689800955
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,464,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-8?Alice's friends are savoring their last month of vacation before entering eighth grade, spending every afternoon at Mark Stedmeister's pool?all except Alice, who is embarrassed to admit that she's terrified of deep water. Her father continues the romantic relationship he began in Reluctantly Alice (Atheneum, 1991) with her English teacher, Miss Summers. Alice wishes he would propose and supply her with a mother, but interferes and manipulates less than in previous titles about this engaging character; in fact, her longing for a mother is more understated as she begins to show her maturity and look to herself for answers. Her friend Elizabeth emerges from a phase of believing the human body and all its functions to be repulsive, and reads aloud explicit passages from the unexpurgated version of The Arabian Nights. Consumed by guilt about sneaking the book from her parents' bedroom, she seeks help from her priest. Meanwhile, Pamela is fascinated with passion and romance. Alice's problem is resolved when her older brother insists on teaching her how to swim, and she finishes the summer in triumph. The ends are tied up neatly, as usual, with much droll humor, poignant insight, and graceful narrative along the way. Naylor's understanding of adolescents is apparent, as each new situation totally absorbs the girls' attention and energy. The personal growth of the three adolescents keeps this seventh title in the series interesting as well as entertaining.?Joyce Adams Burner, formerly at Spring Hill Middle School, KS
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 5^-7. In the latest affectionate comedy about Alice, she spends the summer before eighth grade trying to overcome her secret fear of deep water. She's scared and too scared to say so. She's not sure if she'd rather die of embarrassment or die of drowning. With the lightest touch, Naylor shows that being in "over your head" is also a metaphor for taking chances. As always, Alice and her friends are intensely curious about sex ("mating" ) and about their developing bodies: in a hilarious chapter, they read the exciting bits from the unexpurgated Arabian Nights, and Alice examines the Playboy centerfold. How do you learn to kiss? Alice wonders, how do you practice? In a story that ranges from the mundane (giving her friend a deodorant for smelly armpits) to the mysterious, Alice's wry, funny, vulnerable voice expresses every girl's fears about what is "normal" in an imperfect world. Hazel Rochman

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I love the Alice series and am hoping to buy them all.
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My daughter loved this, asked me to order for her and really enjoyed, but she loves this author/series as well.
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By megan on November 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Alice the brave was a very realistic book. It tells about a young girl who struggles not only with being afraid of water but with fitting in socially and family wise. She strives for a mother to comfort her and a friend to guide her. It goes through the difficult choioces, changes, and differences of being a teen. I like this book because I could relate to it and it's message, if I try I can. It explained everything with a very descriptive word choice and created a picture in my mind. even though it exagerated most things we go through it emphasized on many things we struggle with. It was confusing at parts but soon explained them and gave you backround information. All in all this book was very interesting and coming from someone who dosn't really read it's a big compliment.
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Alice the Brave, The Agony of Alice and Alice in Blunderland are kinda cute and fun to read. However, The Agony of Alice already became a movie whose name is "Alice Upside Down: The Movie" which came out on DVD in 2007 and had Alyson "Alice McKinley" Stoner (Phineas & Ferb, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody) as the girly girl title character whose brother, Lester, rescues his own sister from a cruel embarrassment while attending middle school. Video Treasures (now owned by Starz Media) obtained the rights to the 2007 film.
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Format: Hardcover
Alice is a seventh grader going on to eighth grade. But, Alice has a dark secret. Alice is deeply afraid of deep water. Alice is to ashamed to tell her friends that. In the summer, Alice and her friend go a friends pool almost everyday. So, Alice's brother takes her to his friend's pool to teach her how to swim in deep water. Alice is very scared. But she tries and she tries and she tries and she got it. Now, over the summer Alice can join her friends in the pool instead of staying home with her brother.
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A Kid's Review on April 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I like Alice the Brave, because it's easy to understand, and the vocabulary is really easy. My favorite part of the story is when she says she can't swim, but after she tries and tries she finally gets it and suprises all of her friends. In some parts of the story it left you hanging there waiting to know what happenes next. I would reccommend this book, because I thought it was an excellent and awesome book!!!
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A Kid's Review on April 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
Alice is back in one of the best books that Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written! Alice gets trapped when some boys and girls were hanging out at Mark's pool. Alice can't swim in deep water. So when Mark and the other boys try and fool around, Alice gets in trouble, and she needs to learn how to swim! This is a great book that I recommend to everyone that likes to read funny stories.
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By Super mommy on June 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I love the Alice series and am hoping to buy them all. Love the book! Alice is a girl waiting for an adventure!
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By juno on June 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
the agony of alice is a very very awesome book to read, it teaches kids to overcome fears and to really ask questions.asking questions is a very adventurios and curious way to start the 6th grade.i remember when i was in 6th grade and when i met my true love,it was a very disturbing,funny,and embarrassing moment for both of us.of corse i cant explain the scene here,because that would be a little too personal,and this is about alice, not me.hahaha.
i think the book really touches the hearts of children who have lost their loved ones,such as a parent,friend,or even a sibling.especially at such a young age. i lost my mother at the age of 11 and it was devistating. it really reached out to me and let me know to be strong no matter what. now i always know what alice felt,even though she didnt really know her mother all that well. i love the alice books and plan to read more!!!
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By A Customer on June 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
I really like Naylors book. All her Alice books are entertaining and good. She writes like Alice is really a person and she talks about subjects that are really something kids her age do. Alice is so like "real" children her age, yet totally herself. I think this is a good book to read if you just want to have a good time and relaxe.
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I guess I've been writing for about as long as I can remember. Telling stories, anyway, if not writing them down. I had my first short story published when I was sixteen, and wrote stories to help put myself through college, planning to become a clinical psychologist. By the time I graduated with a BA degree, however, I decided that writing was really my first love, so I gave up plans for graduate school and began writing full time.

I'm not happy unless I spend some time writing every day. It's as though pressure builds up inside me, and writing even a little helps to release it. On a hard-writing day, I write about six hours. Tending to other writing business, answering mail, and just thinking about a book takes another four hours. I spend from three months to a year on a children's book, depending on how well I know the characters before I begin and how much research I need to do. A novel for adults, because it's longer, takes a year or more. When my work is going well, I wake early in the mornings, hoping it's time to get up. When the writing is hard and the words are flat, I'm not very pleasant to be around.

Getting an idea for a book is the easy part. Keeping other ideas away while I'm working on one story is what's difficult. My books are based on things that have happened to me, things I have heard or read about, all mixed up with imaginings. The best part about writing is the moment a character comes alive on paper, or when a place that existed only in my head becomes real. There are no bands playing at this moment, no audience applauding--a very solitary time, actually--but it's what I like most. I've now had more than 120 books published, and about 2000 short stories, articles and poems.

I live in Bethesda, Maryland, with my husband, Rex, a speech pathologist, who's the first person to read my manuscripts when they're finished. Our sons, Jeff and Michael, are grown now, but along with their wives and children, we often enjoy vacations together in the mountains or at the ocean. When I'm not writing, I like to hike, swim, play the piano and attend the theater.

I'm lucky to have my family, because they have contributed a great deal to my books. But I'm also lucky to have the troop of noisy, chattering characters who travel with me inside my head. As long as they are poking, prodding, demanding a place in a book, I have things to do and stories to tell.

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