I just wanted to tell you that the Alice series is so wonderful! I was given my first Alice book, The Agony of Alice, as a gift when I was in 4th grade. As a very skinny and awkward tomboy, I found much comfort in The Agony of Alice because she was such a relatable character. I read it over and over again. It was my absolute favorite childhood book.
What I didn’t realize was that it was an entire series! About a year ago ( I am 31 now) I was at the library with my 3 sons and saw the rack of Alice books. My heart skipped a beat! I began to read the entire series. As an adult, I now look at Alice as the daughter that I will never have. While I read, I imagine Alice being my little girl, growing up and dealing with all the things that girls have to face. Since I will never experience these things with my own daughter, I experience them through Alice. In her own way, she fills the small void that I have in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sons more than anything and I am sure they will have their own coming of age things for me to deal with, but it is different than a daughter.
Thank you for being there for me as a child and now as an adult as well.
I hope you never stop writing because there are many of us, girls and women, who will never stop reading about Alice!
It’s so wonderful to hear from adults who still love the Alice books. I have two sons whom I love dearly too, but no daughters, so writing the Alice books was sort of like raising my own daughter. It’s a whole lot easier to raise a daughter on paper than it is in real life–sons too. But I’ve very much enjoyed my time as her parent. Thank you for writing to me.