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Bad Alice (Signature) Paperback – 17 Apr 2003

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (17 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340817607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340817605
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean Ure has been writing for almost as long as she can remember. She had her first book published while she was still at school and has been writing ever since.

Over the years she has tried her hand at many different genres, sometimes through necessity, sometimes to fulfil a commission, sometimes for the sheer fun of experimenting; but the genre in which she is most at home is the genre in which she started out,which would no doubt be pigeon-holed in that dull and stodgy-sounding category, Social Realism. Her books, however, are far from either dull or stodgy. They are essentially books about young people, her protagonists typically being somewhere between the ages of ten and fourteen. Many have serious themes, even, in the case of BECKY BANANAS, tragic; others are more light-hearted. But all are written with warmth and humour and a lightness of touch which can entice even the most reluctant of readers whilst still providing food for thought.

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Told with Jean Ure's trademark deftness of characterisation and dialogue ... it does have Alice making the right moves to end her desperate situation. It's polished, accomplished and at the same time deeply involving (Armadillo)

This is a very clever twist on the Alice in Wonderland sotry, which tackles som very big issues but can be read on many levels depending on your age (Newcastle upon tyne evening chronicles)

Impossible to read Bad Alice and forget it. Abuse is a difficult subject for fiction, but here it is treated with sensitivity and understanding ... will undoubtedly earn a place in school libraries for many years to come. (School Library Journal)

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A hard-hitting and challenging novel about 13 year old Duffy's friendship with girl next door, Alice. What at first appears to be a lively imagination and a fixation with Alice in Wonderland, is revealed as a poignant cry for help as Duffy discovers the truth about the abuse Alice is suffering at home.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book at the libary and started reading it because I was bored. I am so glad I was bored just then! This book is wonderful. It is about a 13yr old boy named Duffy. He is staying at his Nan's house while his mother and sister are away in america. He has Tourettes. He can hardly talk for stuttering. He twitchs.
His Nan trys very hard to make him be friends with another boy, but he is content with his new neighbour and friend, Alice.
Everyone hates Alice. They think she is nothing but a naughty, horrible. ungrateful girl.
That is the basic beginning, I won't tell you anymore than that!
I think the title really suits it, as bad can have two meanings(hint, hint!). This book is quite disturbing, though. At the end I thought, wow, how could that happen to some little girl?
I think this book wouldn't have been as brillient as it is if Duffy didn't have tourettes. That is a good touch.
Before I got to the end I found it confusing, remember, read between the lines!
Overall, I would recomend this to any boy or girl over 11. This is a touching and disturbing story about and unusal boy and girl and their stuggles with a very odd life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Star_Sea on 21 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
Jean Ure has written lots of good books dealing with various issues for older children, but I think this is one of her best, mainly because of the interaction between the two central characters, Duffy and Alice.
Duffy is an "oddball": a sufferer of Tourette's Syndrome, he is socially isolated and used to people avoiding him because of his illness. At the beginning of the book, he is even more isolated than usual, as his mother and baby sister are over in America so his sister can have a life-saving operation. Duffy is stuck with his Nan, who means well but does not understand him at all. The only person who does seem to understand and accept Duffy is Alice, the younger daughter of the local vicar, universally seen as a "bad girl" and even a "nutcase".
At first, Duffy doesn't know what to think of her: Alice is fun to be around, but extremely imaginative and often violently passionate. It's difficult to know when she's being serious and when she's joking, and there is some doubt as to whether she can distinguish between fantasy and reality. When Duffy meets Alice's family, he begins to think her actions are understandable, but it's not until he reads Alice's dark version of the classic "Alice in Wonderland" that he truly realises just what is going on in Alice's home.
Duffy is an engaging narrator: he feels no self-pity about his condition, and he is completely factual (and very truthful). But he is not perfect: he often has no idea what to say or do, thanks to his social isolation, which leaves him floundering when he is confronted with Alice's situation.
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This was a much more hard-hitting book than I expected. I found both and Duffy and Alice to be very interesting characters. I've never come across a character who has tourettes, but I found it to be handled very well and not oversensitively - it made no social difference, but it did give Duffy a slight sense of vunerability. Alice is a misfit. She is extremely intriguing, very unique and impressively developed. Alice's own 'Malice in Blunderland' story - a very dark take on the classic Alice in Wonderland - makes the book a very creepy and yet very effective read. Ure's writing is simple and easy yet it works well. Quite a harrowing but also impressive read.
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