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Susan Juby. Alice, I Think
HarperTrophyCanada   $15.99  ISBN 0-00-639287-3  241 pg.
Reviewed by Emma, Age 14

July 18

Iíve been giving it a lot of thought, and Iíve decided that maybe the helping professionals are right. Maybe I havenít seen enough of life. Maybe Iím not growing enough, or in the right areas. Iím not one to take on a challenge, but it could be that my life could use some direction. But I donít need goals for therapy. What I need is goals for my life. So thatís what Iím going to getÖ

Alice is not doing so hot, and she knows it. Never having been to a regular school or participated in a normal-kid-type activities, she is a social misfit. Her counselor at the Teens In Transition (Not In Trouble) Centre has just had a nervous breakdown, and her personal style leaves something to be desired. Matters are complicated when the new counselor decides Alice wants to go back to school. A serious makeover is in order, and preferably one that does not include helmet hair, tie-dyed muumuus, or contact with humans outside Aliceís immediate circle. This is gonna be good folks!

Susan Juby is the Canadian author of the Alice MacLeod trilogy, of which Alice, I Think is number one. The second and third books in the series are titled Miss Smithers and Alice MacLeod, Realist At Last. I recommend these books to kids (mostly girls) age 12-16.

Welcome to the life of Alice MacLeod, an unusual place for those not so pathetically maladjusted or cynically inclined. Here, a day-in-the-life is a cause for alarm, the first day of school is a life-changing experience, and a walk through the town a life-threatening one. From the Wonderbread-free zone that is the MacLeod household to the Wonderwagon that is their vehicle, from Irmaís Salon (Smithers) to MacGeeís Frolic (Prince George), from Corinne the Boss in her non-offgassing purple plastic jumpsuit, to Death Lord Bob in head-to-toe undertaker black, Aliceís world is a breeding ground for misunderstandings, bad taste and cannibalistic angelfish.

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