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The Amazing Mind of Alice Makin Paperback – 3 Mar 2008


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904442323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904442325
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Stamm on 10 Mar 2008
Format: Paperback
The Amazing Mind of Alice Makin is a wonderful story of a little girl that escapes her dark reality into a world of excitement and fireworks, infused by her vivid imagination. The book is written with a vibrancy that almost places the reader at the centre of the story. The strong bond between Alice and her friend Reggie is something readers of any age will recognize from their own childhood. The author has created a beautiful story of ups and downs and its intensity keeps you glued to every line to find out how Alice copes with reality, her imagination and the fine line between the two.

I really enjoyed reading this book as you really feel part of the story and even part of Alice's life. You experience her joys but also her fears, which shapes her into more than just a character. You actually relate to her in a way that makes you believe you know her or have even met her. Due to the effortless yet gripping writing style of the author the characters and the story come alive.

The Amazing Mind of Alice Makin is a product of an amazing mind of the author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen W on 6 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a very enjoyable novel. Alan Shea is highly inventive and keeps the reader on edge throughout. The story has us gripped from the start, we want to know more about the "different" boy and the narrator delights us with clipped poetic descriptions of everyday life from her "amazing mind". We can feel her fear, the real fear of her stepfather and the fear springing from her own imagination. The scene where the stairs are transformed is brilliant, being brought to a conclusion by the entrance of the upstairs neighbour in a gentle but humorous way. Tension is repeatedly built and reduced, keeping us turning the pages for the next episode. The whole book is a mix of gritty and at times brutal realism and flights of fantasy which become so confused in Alice's mind that she begins to question the whole meaning of reality. Even her cry for help to her adult friend Mrs Gilbey doesn't answer her question as although the sensible lady starts on the side of logic and science she falters and begins questioning her own answers. What is essentially a heavy philosophical debate is handled from a child's perspective without becoming patronising.
This is a definite "cross over" read, being suitable for a wide age range who can appreciate it on a mixture of levels, and an engrossing story from another "amazing mind". Give us more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Victoria Ramage on 18 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
The Amazing Mind of Alice Makin is about 12 year old Alice who is growing up in post war London. One day she runs after a new kid in school, Reggie, who is being bullied by the local thugs, the Spicers. They soon become close friends and that's when magical things that they can't explain happen...

I loved this book. It's quite a quick read but completely enjoyable. Alice is a funny, quick-witted character with an over-active imagination. She likes to write a lot which gets her into a lot of trouble with her Step-Dad. Personally I would have encouraged it. Alice is the narrator of this book and she talks in short, sharp sentences which is rather cute and helps capture what it's like to be 12 years old.
There is one scene in it where Alice and her friends are at the bonfire and all of a sudden fireworks are going off. I thought that scene must have been amazing to a lot of people as it was just after the war and that much noise and colour wouldn't have been allowed at night in the war.
The story slowly builds towards it's magical ending and never really tells you whether there's true magic or not, it lets you decide for yourself, which is the way it should be.
Personally, I'm with the Indians.
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By myland_colchester on 7 Jan 2014
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. Alan Shea's style is easy to read and the story goes at a pace. Its a very sweet tale. I have enjoyed reading it on my daily commute. My neice also really enjoyed being read the story. Well worth a read.
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By Mrs C on 4 Dec 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The blurp sounded good but the book was rather dull. I did not ike the style it was written in and the ending was rather predictable. A disappointment.
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