Reluctantly Alice

Reluctantly Alice

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Atheneum Books, Paperback, 9781442423619, 210pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2011


Alice McKinley comes home on the first day of junior high with a list of seven things about seventh grade that stink. Just about the only good thing she can think of is that she’s friends with everyone. Maybe that’s how to survive seventh grade—make it through the entire year with everyone liking her.

That turns out to be easier said than done, when Alice gets on the wrong side of the school bully, Denise “Mack Truck” Whitlock. But Alice’s problems with Denise pale in comparison with the romantic entanglements of both her father and her older brother, Lester. And when Alice decides to help them out…life gets even more complicated.

About the Author
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award-winning "Shiloh "and the Alice series. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about Alice, visit