The Grooming of Alice

The Grooming of Alice

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


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The Most Exciting Summer of Their Lives
That's what Pamela says about the summer before ninth grade, and she, Alice, and Elizabeth are determined to make the most of it. All three girls are getting into shape for the new school year by jogging three miles a day and cutting down on junk food, and Alice is enjoying her volunteer job at the local hospital.
But things keep happening that Alice hadn't counted on. Her satisfaction with her job is marred by an unexpected sorrow. Her attempt to be a loyal friend to Pamela gets her in trouble with her father and brother, big time. And both she and Pamela are afraid that Elizabeth may be taking her efforts to lose weight too seriously. Could the most exciting summer of their lives be a little too exciting?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442434967
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Series: Alice Series , #12
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh and its sequels, the Alice series, Roxie and the Hooligans, and Roxie and the Hooligans at Buzzard’s Roost. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about Alice, visit

Table of Contents


One: The Program

Two: The Long Good-bye

Three: Volunteer

Four: Quiz

Five: Saving Lester

Six: Hiding Pamela

Seven: Blowup

Eight: A Heated Discussion

Nine: Grounded

Ten: Blue Monday

Eleven: For Girls Only

Twelve: The Next Good-bye

Thirteen: Marilyn

Fourteen: The Traveler Returns

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Grooming of Alice 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
59Square on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the Alice books, and this one is no exception. She does such a terrific job with the feelings of teenage girls. In this book, set in the summer before the girls go to high school, Alice is volunteering at a hospital, and she and her friends are trying to get in shape. Alice¿s friend Elizabeth takes this a little too far, and teeters on the edge of anorexia ¿ something that Elizabeth¿s mom talks about with Alice. Alice also talks to her older brother about sex, and he is frank and honest with her, something that I really appreciate in a book for teenage girls. I think it is not that often that you read something that educates without preaching. The girls also go to a seminar where the range of female bodies is discussed ¿ again, without too much ulterior motive. But what I think Naylor gets best is Alice¿s life ¿ how she is always changing and questioning life and what to do. It really hits a spot with me, and I hope it does with girls as well. I will definitely keep reading in this series ¿ I love Alice and her experiences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definitely the best alice book so far, i have read them all except achingly alice This book had a lot of important events iin alices life It was funny and and overall a great book and series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big reader soooo i've read a lot of books.......and this is like the best series ever!! I totally love it....
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
It's the summer between eighth and ninth grades and Alice, Elizabeth, and Pamela plan to hang out with their friends, work a few hours a week, and get in shape. Their early-morning runs and vows to eat healthier foods takes a dramatic turn when Elizabeth begins to look like skin and bones. Alice experiences the loss of her favorite teacher and Pamela has problems living with her dad. The three girls attend a workshop for girls only in which body issues are discussed, including weight and sexuality. Anatomically correct terms are used to describe both male and female body parts which might make preteen readers squirm, but they are right on target for 13-year-olds. Recommended for grades 7+. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for the review copy.
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This was probably one of my favorite alice books. It was very iteresting and hard to put down. I thought that it was extremely well written. It went through a lot of ups and downs in Alices life but It was very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the best Alice books. Why? Well, one of young girls' problems, from preteens to teens to grown women, is body image. Some people have different ideas of what beauty is - of what a fit or perfect body looks like. And it just so happens that Alice and her friends, the summer before ninth grade, are facing this problem. The vow Alice takes along with her friends to not eat junk food and exercise are short-lived for her. Pamela is a bit more dedicated. Elizabeth is frighteningly dedicated due to a remark made by Justin Collier, a boy she likes. Instead of taking it as a joke, she allows it to quickly crush her esteem, and, I think, her sanity as well. Body image isn't the only issue here. Pamela and her family are suffering because of her mother running away with a Nordic Track instructor. Elizabeth is appearing ghastly thin. The three girls go to a seminar and come to realize that what makes us all so beautiful is our differences and that we are all 'normal!' Great book - I'd recommend it for ages 12 and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best books. Every time I hear one is coming out I check the internet every day to see when!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is possibly the best Alice book yet. Perfect for a girl any age, this fabulously fantasuper-de-duper book takes you through hilarious times with Alice and her friends. Check out the other great Alice books too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to LOVE the books in the Alice series, but after reading Alice on the Outside, I didn't really like them any more. I thought it was gross and totally uncalled for. I didn't really think I would read one again, but the other day at the library, I picked it up and started reading it to see if it was any good. I finished it in about three hours I liked it so much...but I think I like the old ones more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was one of the best alice books i have read.i remember the day i got my first alice book i was looking in the bookstore and picked up outrageously alice it was really good but this one was the best.I think phyllis should write more and more alice books cause they are the best books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is sooo good! i love how funny and realistic it is! you should definatly read this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, this is the coolest book indeed. How else to illustrate life's down side than this great book by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. If you're looking for a good book, than this is the place to start!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I think Phyllis should write more books like this one, because this book was the longest one, and the others are too short!! I hate the way there's a new one every YEAR! and paperbacks dont come out until half a year AFTER the book was out in hardback! it sucks! But all the Alice books are THE BEST!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was such an awsome book!!! this awthor is sooooo good!!! she should wirte more alice books
Guest More than 1 year ago
Will it ever come out in paperback so i can buy it!?!?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of naylor best books for teenagers. i personally loved it