Alice McKinley is back in action and ready to begin fourth grade in the second installment of the series. Unfortunately for her, it seems like fourth grade might be even tougher for her than third—she just can’t seem to stop making blunders!
Every other day it seems like Alice is knee-deep in humiliation—getting buried in a collapsed snow cave, believing her big brother Lester’s ridiculous lies, having to sing in front of the whole class even though she can’t carry a tune, and reenacting romantic scenes from the Tarzan movies with her weirdo neighbor Donald.
After an embarrassing mistake that involves her whole family, the girl Lester has a crush on, and her Secret Six club, Alice wonders if she’ll recover from humiliation, particularly since she has to figure all of this growing-up stuff without the help of a mother.
As always, Alice is a highly relatable heroine that middle and older readers will admire and empathize with. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the queen of writing realistic fiction that’s also a great deal of fun to read!
ISBN: 9780689843976 208 pages Ages 7 & up.
Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland, USA.