By Laura Harrington
A Boston Globe bestseller
"Nothing under an absolutely learned imaginative and prescient of a tender advanced girl." —Entertainment Weekly
Tomboy Alice Bliss is heartbroken whilst she learns that her father, Matt, is being deployed to Iraq. Matt will pass over seeing Alice blossom right into a full-blown youngster: she'll learn how to force, sign up for the music group, visit her first dance, and fall in love—all whereas attempting to be powerful for her mom, Angie, and her precocious little sister. however the cellphone calls from her father are by no means lengthy sufficient. instantly common and extremely own, Alice Bliss is a profoundly relocating tale approximately people who find themselves left at domestic in the course of wartime and a small-town teenage lady bravely dealing with the future.
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We’re getting frozen custard. ” “Okay. Okay. ” Ellie says. Alice wishes she could laugh. “Is anybody listening to me? I’m probably catching a terrible cold right this minute. Mom! Earth to Mom! ” Angie manages a smile. ” Angie rolls up her window and turns the heat up high. ” Ellie wants to know. “You can have whatever you want,” Angie answers. ” Alice makes a face. “No. Onion rings and a vanilla shake. Then hot chocolate. ” “I don’t care. ” They pull into Don and Bob’s, and Angie nearly clips the SUV at the entrance as their car slides a bit on the snow.
She never wears her glasses when she gets dressed up, which Alice thinks is just plain stupid, because then she can’t see anything much past the middle distance. But once Angie gets started with the silk and the perfume and the high heels, the glasses get left behind. Alice is watching her mom and her dad and holding on to her dad’s other hand until Ellie worms her way in and pushes her out of the way. Then she hangs back feeling forgotten. She wishes she knew what to say, but every phrase that pops into her head sounds stupid or childish.
She could set up a lunch fund. ” Alice asks, handing Ellie her lunch box. “You can’t go to school in that,” Ellie says. ” “Dad’s shirt? Again? ” “Aside from the fact you’re not cool, I think you’re starting to smell, Alice. ” “Maybe Gram would take you shopping. New jeans, new . ” “I’m all set. ” “Okay, but I’m not walking next to you and I’m definitely not holding hands with you. ” “I’m reaching my limit with you, Alice. ” God, she sounds just like Angie, Alice thinks. Matt’s been gone almost six weeks.