From Alice to Zen and Everyone in Between

By Elizabeth Atkinson

A funny, readable story of how a girl and a boy find their true selves in the social maze of seventh grade.

Alice likes playing soccer and working on her go-kart with her dad. Her bedroom is decorated with a baseball theme. But when she moves to the suburbs, she learns from the boy down the street that she has no hope of fitting in at her new middle school unless she starts acting more "like a girl." Zen seems kind of weird himself —how many boys read fashion magazines and dream of someday owning a spa? Alice learns that fitting in and being herself are two very different things — until she tries to fit in with people who like her for who she really is.

  • Alice is the everykid: she's highly individual yet longing to fit in with her peers. This affirming story of how she finds a way to be and do both takes on gender stereotypes in a light-handed way, through humor and thoughtful consideration.
  • Kid-safe and age appropriate with strong appeal for the ever-growing tween audience; does not address issues of sexuality.
  • Positive portrayal of unconventional family structure - Alice's dad stays at home and runs an online business while her mom works a high-powered job.

About the author

Elizabeth Atkinson has been an editor, a children's librarian, an English teacher, and a newspaper columnist. From Alice to Zen and Everything in Between is her first novel. She lives in West Newbury, Massachusetts. Readers can learn more about Ms. Atkinson's writing at www.

ISBN: 9781467708616
Imprint: Carolrhoda Books – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Dimensions: 130 x 186mm, 248pp
Stock Status: Out of Print
Australian RRP: $15.99
New Zealand RRP: $17.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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