Alice in Lace

 
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Alice in Lace

As part of the Critical Choices unit, Mr. Everett assigns his 8th graders situations to learn that planning has its place in life. He expects the students to discuss not only how it affects them but their family, their friends, the society they live in. Alice is assigned to be married to her friend Peter, and in five weeks, must plan a wedding following high school graduation, a honeymoon, rent a place to live, furnish it, stock it with food, find a job, and all within a $5000 budget. Reality sets in, including disagreements, when there isn't enough to pay for all their wants. Others in the class experience such things as having to plan a funeral for a grandmother, being pregnant, buying a used car, getting a girl pregnant, caught shoplifting, or arrested for driving under the influence. Additional conflicts for Alice are her brother Lester's romantic interests, and Alice's desire for a replacement mother when her father begins dating Alice's former English teacher, Miss Summers. 139 pages

Recommended by Aldean Kilbourn, Librarian

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