I have been reading the Alice books since I was in 5th or 6th grade. I am now going into my Junior year of college and I just finished the last Alice book. I’m sad that the series is over but I am so happy and grateful for the way things ended. I grew up along with this girl. Alice went through similar things that my friends and I went through as we grew up. Alice is someone who was relatable and funny and who asked the same questions that I wanted answers too. I love Alice Mckinley, Miss Phyllis, and I cannot tell you how much she means to me. Thank you for giving her to me and all of your other readers. I hope to start buying the entire series, book by book and reading the whole thing over again. And if I have children one day I want to give the series to them too. Thank you for giving me this wonderful, fictional best friend. She was extremely real to me.
It was such a pleasure reading your email. I’ve been so gratified to know that no matter when readers first started reading the Alice books or in what year they were born, Alice still seems current and relates to their own lives. The complete Alice collection is now available in bookstores, and has been published in 3 boxed sets–her elementary school years, middle school years, then high school and beyond. You can look them up on the Internet. I’m glad that Alice seems to real to you, because she seems real to me as well, and I find myself speaking about her sometimes as though she still lives there in Silver Spring, just a short distance from where I am now.