Daily Archives: February 21, 2010

Mascara in Seventh Grade?

Question:

 love your books and thanks so much for writing them. So I need some advice. I’m 12 and Im in 6th grade, and this year I will start junior high. Well of course I don’t wear makeup to school because I’m in 6th grade. But in 7th grade I want to wear mascara or maybe eyeliner. I know my parents would never let me I ask them all the time. I will go behind their backs if I have to, I just don’t want to. So is there anyway you can help me?

Phyllis replied:

 

You only hurt your own cause by asking your parents what you can or can’t do before you’re ready to do it.  I wouldn’t mention it again until you are in seventh grade, and by then, you may discover that few girls are wearing make-up and that some who do look like raccoons.  This is not to say that you should or should not wear mascara in seventh grade.  But I’ve heard it said that girls change most dramatically in looks between seventh and eighth grade.  Maybe now it’s between 6th and 7th.  But the very fact that you keep bugging your parents about mascara probably worries them.  Show them you are mature in other ways and perhaps the cosmetic question will solve itself.

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Is the Alice Series Good for 5th Graders?

Question:
Hello iam a 5th grader and iam in love with the alice series and so is my friend! I started reading alice and blunderland then went to alice on her wat and finshed there. But now iam starting from the top!so i was just wondering if the alice series is good for 5th graders in your opinion?
Phyllis replied:
 
 
There are many years and tons of experience between “Alice in Blunderland” and “Alice on her Way.”  Stick to the books that are close to your age level and grade in school.  It’s really best to read them in the order they were written if you can.

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Sorry

Question:
What are the three main character traits of Alice in “Alice in Blunderland”? And can you please give me three examples of each trait?

 

Phyllis replied:

 

Sorry.  I don’t do homework for my readers.

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Was the Cover Not Your Choice?

Question:

    Why is the boy on the cover of Alice in Charge black? She and Patrick were still very much together (haha) at the end of Intensely Alice….I’m supposing the dance is at the prom….is Patrick black or something, or was the cover not your choice?

Phyllis replied:

 

The cover for “Alice in Charge” is definitely my choice.  You’ll have to read the book to see why.  My lips are sealed.

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Alice Books in South Africa

Question:

I read and re-read the Alice book when I was a little girl / teenager. I am desperately trying to locate the full series for my 12 year old sister. However, bookshops have so far not yielded anything.I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. Is there another way I can get these books? Amazon no longer delivers to SA.

Phyllis replied:

 

I’m sorry you’re having such trouble locating the books.  If the bookstores in South Africa will not special-order the books for you from the publisher, I  think the best thing for you to do is to write to the publisher yourself and tell them the titles of the books you want to purchase.  Perhaps you can buy them directly that way.  I’ve forwarded your email to my editor and asked her to forward it to the sales department.  I’m hoping someone will work out a way for you to get the books for your sister.

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When to Use First Person in Writing

 

Question:

       Your books are amazing. But you don’t need me to tell you that. I have learned so much from your books, they have inspired me to write. I love to write. The problem is i get bored of writing in the same perspective so i was considering 3rd perspective. But I feel like I am losing the story. I tried it and I kind of like it. However, it doesn’t feel right. So my question is when you started writing did you know right away what perspective to use? Also, do you write everyday?  

Phyllis replied:

 

Yes, I write every day unless there’s something more urgent I just must do.  But I make time most days.  Sometimes writers have to try writing a page in first person, then third person, to see what suits.  Some stories–the Alice books, for example–seem to work best told in the first person, with Alice doing the talking.  Other books follow the same character on every page–everything is seen through his eyes–but the narrator is telling the story, not the character.  And some books follow all the characters, telling what is happening to one of them on one page, then switching to another place or time and showing what is happening to another set of characters.  Sometimes it takes a lot of experience to figure out just what is best for the type of story you want to tell.

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Is Eleven too Young for Depression?

 

Question:

Hi Phyllis! I love the alice series! I was wondering if maybe you could help me with a problem? I have tons of friends but i think maybe they don’t really like me. I write to my best friend and I have a counselor and I try talking to my parents and I’m involved in all that after-school junk people are always talking about, but I kind of feel a littel depressed. Is 11 too young for depression? What should I do?

Phyllis replied:

 

Children can feel sad and depressed as well as adults, but rather than try to put a label on it, it’s also helpful to know that your anxiety about whether or not your friends really like you is quite common.  There’s probably not an eleven year-old ( or 12 year old or 18 year-old) anywhere who hasn’t wondered whether some people like her as much as she likes them.  We go all our lives wondering whether we have said or done the right thing, what other people think of us, and just how much they like us.  It’s good that you have a counselor, however, and that you can talk to your parents and your best friend.  If you feel depressed a lot, ask your counselor the same question you asked me.  I’m sure she/he knows you better than I do.

 

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