I’m happy to announce that Simon and Schuster is going to put all 28 books of the Alice series in a collection, so that you may purchase all the books at once, if you like. It has been difficult to decide on the best way to do this, since 28 books, even in paperback, are a lot to carry. The plan is to make 3 boxed sets–the first containing the 5 books of Alice in grade school; the next 10 books of Alice in middle school; and the third, the 13 books of high school and beyond. We haven’t decided just how they will look yet. But all will go on sale at the same time, and the third set will include an index, listing all your favorite scenes. We anticipate that the collection will be ready by the summer of 2016. Enjoy!
I’m 14 (15 in 2 days!). When I was younger, I read some of Alice’s earlier life books and I read a few of her older life ones as I grew older. Now I’ve been re reading the entire series for a while, and I’m currently on Achingly Alice. I’m having so much fun re living my childhood and re visiting all of Alice’s fun adventures. Your books have had such an enormous impact on my life and I cannot thank you enough for bringing them into the world. Thank you for taking the time to read (and hopefully reply*:) happy) to my email. I will send you another one when I’m [almost] done with the series.
I love hearing that girls are rereading the whole series again. Thanks for taking time to write and tell me about it.
I hope you are doing great! Every once in a while I go to the Alice McKinley blog and read through some of the fan letters that you post. Boy, they make me smile a lot! Why? Because I find myself reading the letters, and it’s all the same things I’d like to tell you myself!
I have written to you twice before and receiving a response from you to my email filled my heart with joy and love! Thank you so much! Thank you that you take your time to carefully answer to all your readers. This is so kind and thoughtful of you, and it means so much for every reader to read a response from you.
I’ve promised to write you again, and I think now is the appropriate time for my next email. This time I wanted to tell you a little bit about one big impact that the story of Alice had on me and my life. I grew up in Switzerland where I started reading the Alice books when I was around 10 years old. Ever since I’ve read the books, every once in a while (lately less often but more dearly) I’d pick up a book and dive into her world which I felt being part of. Growing up with Alice, I dreamed about living in a surrounding where Alice lived. And I managed to make my dream come true! This year, I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to do an exchange program at a university in North Carolina where I could live for 3 months and spend a summer (a summer almost like in Maryland). I thank you for giving me a friend like Alice, and a world I read about and that felt so real to me that I could see myself in it. This gave me the strenght and hope to reach out for my dreams and work hard to make them come true. I wish I had had the chance to meet you in person at a reading or something like that. I carry you in my heart, dear Phyllis, because you’re a wonderful person, author, rolemodel, and Alice-mother!! Your books do mean so much that they impact and change our lives, give us hope, strenght and comfort! And the best thing is that we can hand down the books and Alice to our younger generations.
How wonderful that you could come to this country for three months! I would have loved to be a mouse in the corner and see your reactions, good and bad, to Americans. I hope that most of your experiences were good ones and that we were warm and welcoming.
One of my granddaughters had a chance to be part of a volunteer program in Bolivia for six weeks, and that was such a unique experience for her. I’m so pleased that the Alice books have been meaningful to you, and helpful in some way. Thank you for taking time to write to me. I will treasure your email.
I am so happy to have the opportunity to send you an email, finally. I have been reading the Alice books since I was in grade school, and I am about to turn 27 in a few days. There is nothing more comforting to me than to pick up one of the Alice books (I think that Alice in Rapture, Sort Of is my favorite) and jump into her world. I am from the Northern Virginia area, so I think that makes me relate to Alice even more.
Not only do I love escaping to Alice’s world and feeling like I am a part of her life, but I have learned many lessons. My life has always been pretty tumultuous, especially in the past few years, and reading the books when I get into bed at night is the best way to end my day. It helps me relax and escape from all the drama, stress, or sadness that is going on at the time. I just finished re-reading the entire series in order, and I think I’ll start over again in the next few weeks.
I think I could go on forever talking about the Alice books and how much they mean to me, but I feel like I’ve already written enough. I hope that you get this email and don’t get bored reading it! I’ll leave you with this, something one of my characters said:
Phyllis Naylor, you have a gift for words! Thank you for sharing that gift with me.
PS: SO happy that Alice and Patrick ended up together!
I’m amazed that you were able to find all the books again. Next year my publisher is going to reprint the entire series in paperback and offer them for sale in three boxed sets. But you obviously either had some or all of the books to begin with, or have access to a library, and I feel so honored that you took the time to read them again. I well know how books can offer relaxation and escape as well as insight, sometimes, into our own lives. Thank you so much for your email.
It is so great that I can FINALLY email you!! I’ve been waiting a very long time for this, and I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing such an amazing, relatable series that I believe every girl/woman should read! I just finished the last book of the “Alice” series moments ago—and yes, I am STILL crying!
I started the series when I was in 6th grade back at Neelsville Middle School in Montgomery County! When I figured out that Alice also went to school in the county, and I could pick up on street and highway references, I was even more attached to your books! You created this girl and these friends of hers whom were so unbelievably relatable to everyday life, it shocked me—even at such a young age. I would always tell my friends about them, and got them to start the series. (But of course, I would always be very strict with them about reading them in the correct order!)
I read each book (laughing out loud throughout each one!) up until around my sophomore or junior year of high school, and I remember I was getting impatient waiting for each new one to come out! I remember when you stopped writing the original series for a little while, and wrote the prequel series, and I was so upset because I just wanted to know all about how Alice ended up! I remember thinking, Noooo we aren’t supposed to be going backwards! Thinking back on that now, I feel bad that I was ever mad at you for anything! (Please accept my sincerest apologies!)
So I guess during that time period you were writing the prequels, I began reading other books, and then I left for college and all my free reading in general stopped for five-six years basically. I went to James Madison University to become a teacher, and I now work in a middle school in Montgomery County! All the while, I had never finished the “Alice” series, and it was always something that bothered me in the back of my mind. But I would always tell myself that I would finish it one day when I had time to.
This past April, I awoke so suddenly one morning over our spring break, and I had this huge urge to finish the “Alice” series. I went to my parent’s house and got out all my books from the basement. I had #1 (The Agony of Alice) through #22 (Alice in Charge). Even though I had most of the books, I was still so far behind in reality. Throughout college, I tried to collect the books as they came out, knowing I would finish them one day. So when the time came in April, I only had to order the last three books, and when I saw the title of the last book (Now I’ll Tell You Everything), my heart was so full of satisfaction already, even though I wasn’t certain what it was about, and obviously, I did not read the back cover!
So in April as a twenty-four-year-old woman, I started from the beginning of the original series (The Agony of Alice), and read everything all over again. I never read an inside or back cover; I wanted to be surprised all over again and not be reminded! It felt so good to finally be in the process of finishing the series, and whenever I would have to explain to someone what I was reading, I would always finish with, “I am making my soul happy.”
It’s September now, and I just finished the last book on this late Sunday afternoon. I have experienced so many emotions with your books, and I am so appreciative that you wrote us a final book we all were hoping for. Every series should end in the way you ended your “Alice” series! Alice and I are very similar people, and even when reading about her marriage in the last book, I was able to relate my own marriage in very similar ways! Alice is a true role-model, and I am so grateful you gave young (and old!) girls this wonderful gift.
Thank you so much for an incredible masterpiece I carried with me all throughout adolescence, and now into my adulthood. I hope my story brings a smile to your face—all of yours certainly brought many to mine!
What a wonderful email. I’m so happy that you had saved all your old Alice books, and that the final book was so satisfying. I’m sure that living in the same county made the books all that more personal for you. Actually, during each of the three years I was writing the three Alice prequels, I was also writing a new book for the regular series so that fans wouldn’t miss a thing. But now you are up to date, and I’m just delighted that you took time to write to me.
Why don’t you keep writing more Alice books? They are so good and maybe we you should write more books of Alice to see what her future is like and how its going to end up. I hope you can take this consideration!
I’d like readers to imagine their own end for Alice’s future and that of her children. I’ve given you a bit of a blueprint about what her children are like, and also the new career Alice takes up on the very last page of the last book, so you could probably write the next book yourselves!
Hi, I am a HUGE fan of your Alice books! I have read these books over and over again and I am on the very last one, Now I’ll Tell You Everything, and I love it! I think of Alice as an older sister, helping me through years to come through her experiences. I was really sad when it said on the cover that it was the final Alice book. I do have one question though; I haven’t finished the book yet but I assume her children grow up and I was wondering if you were going to write a sequel series about Alice’s children’s children growing up. Yet again I still haven’t finished the book (I honestly can’t put it down). You are quite an inspiration to me, I hope to become an author one day. If you do decide to write another book, could it be a cross between the Alice series and the TV show Gilmore Girls? If it’s too much to ask for I apologize. Thank you! Much love for Alice!❤️
Well, I’m happy you put it down long enough to write to me! I’m so glad that you are liking the last book so much, and that the series has meant so much to you. I don’t plan to write any more Alice books, and if I did, I wouldn’t try to make them like anything else. Because as soon as you dilute the original idea, tinker with the original characters, a story loses it’s uniqueness. And I want Alice to stay that special friend to you.