A friend gave me my first Alice book on my ninth birthday (I am now sixteen). I fell completely in love with it and continued reading until I finished the tenth book. I then found out that the Alice series would not continue being published in my country. I began buying the books online and I want to say that you pretty much taught me all of the English I know today. And for that I will forever be thankful to you.
But the reason I am writing you this e-mail is that Alice just helped cope with an issue that had been depressing me tremendously. I recently found out that I suffer of bruxism – I grind my teeth in my sleep. Because of that my teeth are slightly worn down and have a few tiny chips.
I’d been devastated for a few days, obsessed with this issue and then, suddenly, I recalled this passage from “The Agony of Alice”. I grabbed my old book and checked that Alice did, indeed, grind her teeth in the sixth grade. I feel so much better now. Now I know that I too can lead a life as great as Alice’s, despite the grinding. And I will remember what the dentist told her.
This might all sound silly and not make much sense, but thank you. It was not the first time Alice was a friend to me, and it will certainly not be the last. I now know that I will be keeping my Alice books forever and will be turning to them when things get tough. I can’t even imagine my life without them.
Did you ever think that your books would make such a difference in young girls’ lives? I would be the happiest girl in the world if you replied to this message.
Just hearing from you made me one of the happiest girls in the world today. It’s letters like yours that keep me going. I hope you will find other ways to read all twenty-eight of the Alice books. I’m so pleased that you have found help in them, and thank you very much for letting me know.