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Alice, I Think

Susan Juby's young adult novel, the first in a trilogy, follows the life and thoughts of a quirky, homeschooled girl.

Susan Juby

Ever since Alice Macleod showed up dressed like a hobbit on the first day of Grade 1, she's had a lot of trouble fitting in. Now 15 and home-schooled by her hippie parents, Alice records her life goals (as encouraged by her government-funded therapist) in her journal. They include, but are not limited to: increasing human contact with humans outside her immediate family, learning to drive a car, and reading the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. Funny, wry and heartwarming, Alice, I Think is the first in a trilogy of comic novels about the self-described "maladjusted" Alice Macleod.

Alice, I Think is for readers ages 12 and up.

From the book

Maybe careers aren't something you can really plan for. They just sort of happen, like brown eyes or flat feet. I took one of those career aptitude tests last year, and it showed that I should be a flight attendant or a seamstress. Not a fashion designer or anything, mind you, but a sweatshop worker. Apparently stewardesses and sweatshop workers and I enjoy a lot of the same interests and activities.


From Alice, I Think by Susan Juby ©2004. Published by HarperCollins Canada.

Author interviews

The two YA writers on their new novels (The Truth Commission, by Susan Juby, and We Are All Made of Molecules, by Susin Nielsen). 15:58