THE BOOK: Alice McKinley is about to become a teenager, but she doesn’t know how. Her mother has been dead for years, and what do her father and her nineteen-year-old brother, Lester, know about being a teenage girl? If only she had a role model, like the beautiful sixth-grade teacher Miss Cole. But instead Alice gets assigned to plain, pear-shaped Mrs. Plotkin’s class. Is Alice doomed to a life of one embarrassment after another?
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana in 1933. She grew up during the Great Depression. Money was so scarce that Naylor used the backs of paper she took from the trash can to write her first stories on. When Naylor turned 16 she published her first story in a church magazine. Naylor paid her way through college at the American University in Washington, D. C. by selling her stories. After receiving a bachelor’s degree, Naylor decided to devote her life to writing. She has written over one hundred books.
THE CHALLENGES (courtesy of Marshall University):
2012 – Banned and/or challenged for nudity, using offensive language, and religious viewpoint.
2007 – Banned for sexual content and using offensive language.
2004 – Banned for sexual content, using offensive language and being unsuited to age group.
2003 – Banned for being sexually explicit, using offensive language and being unsuited to age group.
2002 – Banned for sexual content and being unsuited to age group
2001 – Banned for sexual content and being unsuited to age group