Alice is motherless, and going into her new schools sixth grade. She desperately wants to fit in and act more grown up, but without a mother, how does she know how to go about it? She decides that the best way to do this is to be in the sixth grade class of Miss Cole, the beautiful and graceful lady she wants to emulate.
Instead, she gets stuck in Mrs. Plotkins class. Mrs. Plotkin is dumpy and has no physical attributes to her name. Alice cant believe her luck&until it gets worse! When she tries to fit in, it seems as though shes humiliating herself instead. Like how she is rude to Mrs. Plotkin in an effort to get transferred to Miss Coles class. Or when she wears too much perfume to try to emulate Miss Cole. Or when she walks in on a boy in his dressing room, only for him to turn out to be Patrick, the safety patrol in her class.
Will the humiliations ever end? Or will Alice just learn to accept the good with the bad, and thus begin to grow up as a result?
This is the beginning of a marvelously realistic series about a girl going through puberty, social changes, love, family, and friendship. Alice is sweetly vulnerable yet lovingly feisty, a girl caught in the web on the way to being a teenager. Every girl will be able to relate to Alice on some level.