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Dangerously Alice


1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ©2007.
Physical Description:
294 pages ; 20 cm.
Number in series:
During fall semester of her junior year of high school, Alice decides to change her good girl image, while major remodeling begins at home and some important relationships begin to change.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.8 9.0 116245.

Reading Counts RC High School 4.7 16 Quiz: 41969.


Call Number

On Order



Alice has always tried to be a decent person. She gets good grades, comes home on time, and has never really given her dad and her stepmom any reason to worry. But now that junior year of high school has started, Alice is a little sick of people assuming she's a goody-goody, so she decides to start shaking things up. First there are the dates with Tony, a cute senior who's a lot more experienced than Alice. Then the fights with her stepmom about the new cat, the car, and everything else start. But when Alice sneaks off to a party that her parents don't know about and a near-tragedy follows, she starts to realize every choice has a consequence, and danger rarely leads to good ones.

Funny, realistic, and always provocative, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor does it again, proving that she understands what real girls think and feel, with this twenty-second book in the beloved Alice series.

Author Notes

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana on January 4, 1933. She received a bachelor's degree from American University in 1963. Her first children's book, The Galloping Goat and Other Stories, was published in 1965. She has written more than 135 children and young adult books including Witch's Sister, The Witch Returns, The Bodies in the Bessledorf Hotel, A String of Chances, The Keeper, Walker's Crossing, Bernie Magruder and the Bats in the Belfry, Please Do Feed the Bears, and The Agony of Alice, which was the first book in the Alice series. She has received several awards including the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Night Cry and the Newberry Award for Shiloh.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-The latest installment in Naylor's popular series finds Alice, now a junior in high school, disgruntled with her reputation as "Miss Goody Two-Shoes." Determined to shake things up, she fights with her stepmother over use of the family car; dates a senior, Tony, who would like to make her his next conquest; and takes off on a motorcycle during lunch period. Narrowly missing real tragedy and giving her parents a terrible sleepless night when she goes to a beer party without phoning home, Alice predictably concludes that being responsible and decent doesn't make her "dry as dust" after all. Her flirtation with rebellion is prosaic and heavy-handed, laced with dialogue that tells rather than shows. The refreshingly candid relationship she shares with her brother, Lester, and the unrequited obsession she harbors for the editor of the school newspaper ring far truer, as do her visits with a friend who has leukemia. Episodic in presentation, Dangerously Alice will be snatched up by those who are familiar with the events and relationships of the previous books, but it relies more on titillation than solid character development or plot to keep readers involved. Alice and one-dimensional Tony engage in explicitly detailed sexual foreplay. When Tony pulls out a condom, Alice asks herself: "Condoms at the ready-? Was I just one of his `babes' in a long succession of girls?" A sledgehammer would've been as subtle.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

(High School) ""Dry as Dust""? ""Miss Goody Two-shoes""?? Sixteen-year-old Alice McKinley knows she shouldn't care what the popular clique labels her...but is there any truth to what the junior-class Mean Girls say? In this twenty-second book in the ongoing series, Alice tries to shake up her reputation and learns some valuable lessons about who she is -- and isn't. Emotions run high throughout the novel, faithful to the behavior of hormone-driven teens. There's the thrilling and unexpected attention from a smooth-talking senior -- though her friends are a bit surprised: ""Isn't he sort of...you know...fast?"" Surprising herself a bit, too, Alice hopes to find out (and she does -- though she puts on the brakes when he pulls out a condom). The tensions brewing between Alice and her stepmother, Sylvia, come to a head midway through the novel, leading to a rash decision and an inadvertent invasion of her parents' privacy that Alice instantly and shamefully regrets. Alice flirts with a number of risks in this installment, allowing Naylor to make the point that growing up involves taking chances, but that with increased independence comes responsibility for your decisions. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Mistakes and quarrels, big and small, drive the plot in the twenty-second novel in the popular Alice series about coming-of-age now. In high school, Alice, 16, is preparing for the PSATs, but what really worries her is that some members of the mean, popular crowd have labeled her Miss Goody Two-Shoes. Are they right? That may be why she risks going home with hot Tony, who, condom ready, tries to go all the way. Is he just adding her to his long list? And anxious to escape that dull, good-girl image, she is sorry to find herself acting mean toward slow, needy student Amy. At home what makes Alice feel really bad is her shameful invasion of privacy when she inadvertently eavesdrops on Dad and her stepmom having sex. The dialogue is right-on, and whether it is the risk of irresponsible teen driving or the farce of her older brother's mix-up with his girlfriend, teens will love the funny, honest, nonmessagey drama on the edge. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2007 Booklist