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After four years of hoping, wishing, scheming, and waiting, the moment Alice has been yearning for has at long last arrived....Alice’s dad is finally marrying Sylvia Summers! Alice always knew they were perfect for each other when she set them up back in seventh grade, but she’s relieved that The Big Day is here. She’s never felt so excited, so vindicated, so grown-up, and so...well, so left out. Now that the wedding is really happening, no one has time for Alice anymore, and the situation just gets worse when Sylvia moves into their house. Nothing is the way Alice thought it would be. Her dad and Sylvia have their new life together; Lester has his new apartment; and Alice feels like she’s on her own for the first time in her life.

She’s also starting to notice that even though Dad and Sylvia are perfectly happy together, not everyone gets along so well. Elizabeth and Ross never see each other; Leslie and Lori are breaking up; Pamela and her mother can’t seem to find a way to even talk to each other; and Alice herself has started to hear some surprising rumors about Patrick....

As Alice watches her friends sort out their problems and sees her dad and Sylvia navigate their new marriage, she starts to understand all the hard work that goes into relationships, and how even when people seem to be meant for each other, it’s not always easy to be together.

About The Author

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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

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 19, 2012)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781439132289
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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dragnfly Alice and her friends seem sooooo real!!! They go through all the problems life throws you!! I'm not saying that I like seeing people go through problems, it's just that it's great to see you can get over these problems and have a great life too.

Leslie I feel like Alice is my next door neighbor and Elizabeth lives across the street from me. Pamela is in most of my classes at school and Patrick is my childhood best friend. Sometimes I wish soooooo badly Alice and everyone in these book were real.

a loyal reader I love your alice books, simply because they portray life so much. Alice is your average girl who gets embarrassed on a weekly basis, good and bad things happen, is self conscious and just lives day to day.

Lauren My friends...and I LOVE your Alice books! They are so awesome! We've read almost all of them and are trying to get our hands on the rest. We love the Alice books sooooo much we call ourselves Pam, Liz, and Al.

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