Alice The Brave (#7)

Posted April 12, 2012 by Tara in Review /// 4 Comments

The old school cover that I ended up with. Not sure how I feel about it.

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.

Issues Tackled

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?


Tara is a PhD student studying education. Her dissertation will be on digital book communities as public pedagogy (ask her about it!), though she often takes a break from all of that to read books about oppressive governments and sassy teenagers. In a former life, she was a middle school teacher and middle school librarian. In her future life, she's a professor of YA lit. In her free time, she drinks a lot of coffee while planning her next grand adventure (there's always something).

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4 responses to “Alice The Brave (#7)

  1. As Alice gets older, the books get fewer–I believe that through her high school years there is only one book per semester, plus one for summer. That might be a bit better of a pace for you 🙂

  2. Just wanted to say thank you for reviewing a children’s book. My little cousins occasionally have me read books to them and I felt like it would be odd of me to post a review on such a books because they don’t really go with the YA books I normally do though after reading this I think I may say what the heck and review some of them just for fun.

  3. Your review here makes me wish these Alice books had been around when my daughter was in middle school! I will remember these and probably start collecting to save for my granddaughter, who is now 4.5 years of age!

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