Alice in Blunderland

Alice in Blunderland

(Part of Alice)
For Ages: 7 - 12
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Fourth grade is far from flawless for Alice in this beloved novel with a new look.

Fourth grade stinks. Fourth grade is when everything you do embarrasses you. Fourth grade is when everyone knows you’re a blunderbuss whether it’s part of your name or not.

Alice’s older brother Lester is always tricking her into believing his made-up stories are true. It’s not her fault she’s so gullible! Plus, he’s a really good liar. But that doesn’t help when she finds herself in a mess because of something he’s invented.

She can’t seem to do anything else right, either. She sneezes beans at the lunch table, gets trapped in her own snow cave, and is forced to sing—even though she can’t carry a tune—in front of her whole grade. And that’s nothing compared to the trouble she’s about to get herself into next. Alice is just about ready to chalk fourth grade up as the worst year ever!
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442446434 | 
  • September 2012 | 
  • Grades 2 - 7
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Chapter 1:

Being Perfect

Lester lies to me sometimes, only he says it's just teasing. Then I go and believe him.

We were talking about names once, and he said he'd let me in on a secret if I didn't tell Dad. He said that we weren't Scotch-Irish at all, that our grandparents had escaped from Russia, but we didn't want anyone to know it.

My real name, he said, wasn't Alice Kathleen McKinley; it was Alicia Katerina de Balencia Blunderbuss Makinoli.

"Honest?" I said.

"Cross my heart," said Lester.

"Write it down," I told him. So Lester wrote it down for me.

I whispered my real name over and over so I... see more

About the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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




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