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.

Phyllis replied:
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.

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