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I'm Alice (I Think)


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Key title The hilarious diary of Alice and her attempts to survive the embarrassments that are her parents, the small-minded nature of her hometown, and her own struggle to fit in. Highly observant, satirical and wise. Meg Cabot (author of Princess Diaries) voted I'M ALICE, I THINK as the book she wished she'd written -- "Someone needs to give that author a tiara!" Nominated for two Canadian awards. Publishing sequel Miss Smithers in June 2005. Has been formally optioned by Slanted Wheel Entertainment and they are already in development with CTV and the Comedy Network. Reached number 10 in the children's bestseller list in Quill & Quire (the industry newspaper for Canada) despite stiff competition due to five places being dominated by Harry Potter.

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Susan Juby was born in Pinocha, Alberta, and has survived several small towns. She grew up in Smithers, BC, and lived briefly in Salmon Arm, BC, which she says taught her "to be grateful for the trials of life in Smithers." After university, Susan landed an internship at Vancouver's Hartley & Marks Publishers, where she is now Managing Editor. Susan has written Alice, I Think for "anyone who grew up in a small town, anyone who was ever embarrassed by their parents, ever committed a fashion crime, ever had trouble fitting in, anyone who likes to laugh."


Gr 7-9-It's inevitable that Susan Juby's Alice (HarperTempest, 2003) will be compared to the incomparable Georgia Nicholson of Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging, but Alice of Smithers, British Columbia is more than able to stand on her own. Since arriving in first grade dressed as a hobbit, complete with furry burlap sack and furry toes on her shoes, Alice has been unable to face public schooling. Ten years have passed, and when she is forced to develop life goals by her new counselor, Death Lord Bob, one of her goals is to return to school. In the intervening decade, Alice has turned from a na?ve hobbit-girl into a cynical, self-aware young person who desperately wants to be "alternative." As we follow her adventures through her journal entries, we come to know and love Alice and appreciate her struggles to find her own way. Angela Goethals' youthful voice is fitting for Alice's droll, self-effacing personality. As listeners warm to the story, Goethals' voice warms as well, creating a very memorable portrayal of an astute and funny young lady who will live long in the annals of young adult literature. Prospective listeners may be put off by the first grade Alice on the cover, but with a little encouragement, this audiobook should find many listeners simply by word-of-mouth.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"!without a doubt one of the freshest, most entertaining novels to be written in many a year." Amazon "Like Louise Rennison's novel, Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, there's at least one laugh on every page of Juby's novel, but Alice, I think is smarter, deeper and darker." Globe

Revised from a 2000 work published in the author's native Canada, this very funny first novel makes use of the same pseudo-diary format as Louise Rennison's books, but where Rennison's heroine is Everygirl, Juby's is a misfit extraordinaire. Alice has been home-schooled by her aging-hippie parents since early childhood (catering to her fantasy that she is a hobbit, Alice's parents send her to first grade in a homemade outfit involving a burlap-sack tunic and felt slippers with fake fur on the toes, and don't understand why the teachers don't support Alice's self-expression). Now 15, Alice has caused the nervous breakdown of her counselor at the "Teens in Transition (Not in Trouble)" crisis center and feels obliged to do better by her counselor's replacement, a trainee whom Alice dubs Death Lord Bob for his sinister attire and for his "masculine" whispery voice (he sounds "like Clint Eastwood talking tough to the warden"). To help Bob with his considerable (and real) "issues," Alice finds herself setting goals, which include enrolling at the local high school and dreaming up a future career (cultural critic). Along the way, she tries out "alternative" clothing and gets the worst haircut ever, attracts boys even less together than herself, gets pummeled by the local bully-and utters acerbic aper?us that will have readers roaring. While Juby's novel stands out more for her narrator's voice than for its plot, her dark wit virtually glitters on every page. Ages 12-up. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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