Now that Alice is growing up, she is finding out answers to all sorts of interesting things—but the questions keep on coming. For instance: How exactly are babies made? Where has her best friend Sarah’s family disappeared to? And why is her father going to a concert with a woman?!
Alice isn’t too sure about any of these things—but on top of doing her homework, playing with Oatmeal, trying to keep Lester’s girlfriends straight, and setting her dad up with the school nurse, she’s going to have to find out!
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My dad says there are good years and bad years for wine. I think there are good years and bad years for kids, too. My fifth-grade year in particular.
I'll admit I started out as sort of a grump, first because my brother celebrated his eighteenth birthday and asked for lemon cake, which I hate.
"Why don't you really go for it, Lester, and ask for prune cake?" I said. "Crab apple cake with grapefruit frosting?"
"Nobody's making you eat it, Al," he told me. My full name is Alice Kathleen McKinley, but Dad and Lester call me Al.
The second thing that made me grumpy was that I ripped a pocket on my... see more