Alice in April (Alice #5)
Alice's attempts to take charge of her household lead to one problem after another, culminating in a disastrous surprise birthday party for her father. And things aren't much better at school, where the seventh-grade boys are evaluating the girls in a way that has Alice and her friends pretty nervous. Alice doesn't think life can get any more complicated -- until a totally unexpected event shows her how wrong she is.
Alice is almost thirteen, and, according to her Aunt Sally, that means she is almost the Woman of the House. This Alice interprets to be a catalyst for change of some kind. First, she insists that their motherless and wifeless family go get physical checkups&only to be surprised when her Dad insists that she gets one as well!
In addition, Alice has taken it upon herself to get her house in order and plan her fathers surprise fiftieth birthday party. Of course, it turns out that all these things are more than one twelve-year-old girl can handle, which is when platonic help comes in. Pamela, Elizabeth, and the ever-caring Patrick are in, but Alice gets a surprise in the form of a sort of friendship with Denise Whitlock, the girl who used to bully her. Turns out Denise has a few shocking surprises of her own, too.
April culminates in her dads party and a shocking event that makes her grow up even more. Its not even being almost the Woman of the House, but the ever-interesting Alice just might be able to figure out how to do it. With a bit of help from everyone, of course.