Alice The Brave
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Purchased from Amazon Marketplace
[#29 in my 75 book challenge]
Since I read a lot of these over spring break, I’m going to spread the reviews out a bit to avoid Alice fatigue.
In the summer between seventh and eighth grade, Alice is spending a lot of time at Mark’s pool with her friends. However, she lives in constant fear of her friends finding out that she has a terrible fear of deep water. Elizabeth steals her parents’ copy of Arabian Nights and reads the racy parts to Pamela and Alice (and then feels guilty), Alice’s dad takes Miss Summers on the family camping trip, Patrick and Alice are dating again, Pamela breaks up with Mark, and Elizabeth starts to come out of her shell.
Overcoming fears, hysterectomies, widowed parent dating again, questions about sex, curiosity about sex, religion, Catholic confession, telling a friend she needs to wear deodorant.
“The fact is, I guess, nobody knows what it’s like to be in a certain situation except the one who’s in it.”
“if I didn’t overcome this fear now, it would be the first of many. I would have given in, so it would be easier to give in the next time I was afraid of something. Then the next.”
FINAL GRADE: B I’m starting to get really tired with how slowly these books move in Alice’s junior high years. Even though the books are short, there are five for each year Alice is in school! However, I do love that these books were written when I was the age that Alice is in the story. And, as always, Alice gets high grades because the overall story of the series is superb and realistic.
Did you ever have an embarrassing fear you had to overcome? Do you still have any embarrassing fears?