Alice Blog

Alice’s love life



Why’d you start Alice’s love life at such a young age? Yes she is quite mature for her age as a sixth grade. As for myself I enjoy reading your books about Alice through her middle school stage. As a middle schooler like me it helps me through the ups and downs of being a seventh grade girl. Go Alice you slay!


Phyllis replied:


If by “love life” you mean sitting on a porch swing eating chocolates with a boy, well….I know a lot of girls these days who have boyfriends a lot younger than that.  In kindergarten, I remember, I printed “Phyllis loves Tommy” on our front sidewalk with chalk, and a newspaper reporter picked it up as a “sign of spring.”   From the mail I get, I know there are girls who are sexually active with boys in middle school; I also hear from plenty of girls who did not date or get their first kiss until they were in college.  So there is no “normal.”  But I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Alice books.  Hope you can find all 28.

Posted on: May 8, 2017

from middle school to college!!


Hi Phyllis! It’s so crazy to think how I read the series almost 10 years ago when I was back in middle school! Now I’m in college and I see you’ve finished the series! I am so excited for finals to be over so I can start reading the few books I never got a chance to read since I had stopped.

I still think about the Alice series quite a lot and how I relate in the same ways that she has grown up too! Alice really shaped who I am as a person and I feel like I grew with her! I remember when I submitted a question to you back then and you had answered and twelve year old me was so giddy inside. I’m so happy to see that you’re still here, communicating with us readers. It really puts a smile on my face. I’m almost a junior in college and am still reading the series. Thank you for creating such an amazing series!!


Phyllis replied:

I just love hearing from girls (and guys, actually) who started reading the books back in grade school or middle school, and have followed Alice all the way through her high school, her love life, her friendships, her disappointments and tragedies, and especially, her relationship with her brother.  I hope you are able to find all the books you missed.  And remember, the entire 28-book collection is out in paperback in three boxed sets.  Thank you so much for taking time from your own busy life to write to me.  It means a lot.


Posted on: April 27, 2017

From Malaysia: “I love Alice!”


I just want to say that I love the Alice series so much. I first started reading it when I was 12, which was around 6 years ago and it certainly helped me a lot. I feel like every girl should read Alice’s adventures hahaha! It’s enjoyable and fun, the jokes (especially Lester’s remarks) are hilarious and it is moving. I always feel like I am a part of Alice’s life because I know so much about her — and it is rare to find books like this nowadays. I love that I learned a lot from just reading about her. It’s amazing. I’m happy to stumble upon this series, seriously. I’m pretty sure others have said this but thank you so much for bringing Alice into life, not only me, but other fans of Alice as well. You deserve all the love and support for it! 🙂

Love from Malaysia.


Phyllis replied:

I’m so happy to find out that my books are being read in Malaysia!  And I’m glad to know that they were helpful to you.  They would have been helpful to me when I was growing up.  I hope you are able to find all 28 books in the series.


Posted on: April 22, 2017

I Grew Up With Alice


I wanted to thank you for your writing. I often talk to my friends about the most influential books we read growing up, and the other day, the Hatfords and the Malloys series came up. I remembered that you had written those books, and I of course was reminded of the Alice series. I first found Alice the Brave when I was around 10 or 11 years old. Many people tell you this, but I essentially grew up with Alice, beginning her story when I was in elementary school and reading the last book when I was in college. I looked to her for guidance.

Thank you so much for the stories you have given to your readers! They were so essential to much of my life.


Phyllis replied:

I so appreciate your writing to me.  I think in some ways, I grew up with her too–I relived some of the embarrassing things that happened to me, as well as other mistakes, and sometimes facing them again on paper, where they aren’t so threatening, takes some of the sting and embarrassment out of them.  Both of these series have a lot of humor.  The Alice books, of course, go far deeper, but sometimes we just need a laugh!


Posted on: April 18, 2017

Wonderful books


I`m from germany. My two daughters Melissa 11 and Katharina 9 years old, love your books. I´m reading every evening!!! Thank you so much. Sorry for my horrible English.

Phyllis replied:

I think your English is fine, and I so appreciate your writing to tell me about your reading my books to your daughters.  The happiest part of my own childhood is of my parents reading aloud to us every night, long past the age when we learned to read ourselves.   They read with great expression and drama, and it was almost like being at the theater, to hear them read.

Posted on: April 13, 2017

I love your Alice books so much!!


I love your books so much. I love Lester because he is always making me laugh and I love Alice, Pamela, and Elizebeth too. I can almost imagine them as my own friends. Thank you so much for writing the Alice series!!! I love them so much!!


Phyllis replied:

Those discussions between Alice and Lester were probably the  most fun of all to write.  I love Lester too, and when I go back and read some of those scenes, it makes me laugh out loud.

Posted on: April 12, 2017

The Entire Alice Collection


How many books are in the collection?where can I buy them?

Phyllis replied:

There are 28 books in all, available in 3 boxed paperback sets–Alice in Elementary School,  in Middle School, and High School and Beyond.  (Check out Alice Series on my website.)   Any bookstore should be glad to order one set or all three of them for you.  I know that Barnes & Noble handles them as well as Amazon.

Posted on: April 11, 2017

The Agony of Alice


I just finished re-reading The Agony of Alice a few minutes ago. I’m 25 years old and currently live in Silver Spring, so it really was a joy to revisit one of my favorite books from middle school while living in its setting!

I can’t really describe how much a character like Alice means to me. Like so many others, I see so much of my eleven-year-old self in her – she makes a brilliant “everygirl.” Also like Alice, I had an elementary school teacher who saw a gift of words in me and encouraged my writing. I still very much enjoy it to this day!

I guess I wanted to say thank you for creating such a wonderful voice in Alice McKinley. May every girl dying of embarrassment on the daily during their pre-teen years do so with as much humor and grace as Alice. Cheers!


Phyllis replied:

Yes, I can imagine that living in the same city as Alice makes everything that happens to her that much more intimate.  I guess that writing the book helped me get over some of the embarrassing things that happened to me growing up.  (The Tarzan episode, for example).  I’m sure you know that there are 28 books in the Alice series, taking her from 8 years old in Starting with Alice to Now I’ll Tell You Everything.)   Thanks so much for taking time to email me.

Posted on: April 11, 2017

Wish We Could Meet!



Hey! This is going to sound so weird, but I grew up reading the Alice series, and I used to write to you very frequently as a young teen. You played the roll of a mother to me.  It would be such a dream come true to get to meet you in person and give you a hug for all you have given me over the years.


Phyllis replied:

And I wish I could give a hug to the many girls and women who have written to me about the Alice books.  It is such an honor to feel that I have helped you in any way.  Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me so.



Posted on: April 3, 2017

School presentations/Visits


We have a Young Author’s Conference here in May. We like to have an Author’s presentation for our students. It is preferred to have an author that connects with our 100% free lunch population.
Do you come to schools?

Phyllis replied:

I have no idea where your school is located.  Yes, I connect well to students who are on a  free-lunch basis, but I have to save most my time now for my writing.  There are just so many books in my head, waiting to be written.  I do still speak at conferences and once in a great while, I’ll make a school visit.

Posted on: March 3, 2017


Twitter Phyllis on Twitter Blog Alice's Blog Facebook Phyllis on Facebook