13-year-old Duffy is staying with his nan for the summer while his mum and seriously ill little sister are in America for a life-saving operation. Duffy suffers mildy from Tourette's Syndrome - he only knows his gran and one of her neighbour's kids, a loud, insensitive kid called Stephen - what's he going to do for six whole weeks! Then Duffy meets Alice, a girl his age who lives next door, a girl who Nan disapproves of and everyone in the town thinks is mad; a girl who makes Duffy feel accepted and liked. Alice is volatile, and direct and Duffy tells her all about his little sister, his Tourette's and his absent father who left his mum because of him. Alice is more cryptic about her own home life. Everyone knows her adoptive father, Big Norm; he's the most popular man around; a devout Evangelist who runs a care home - Duffy's nan adores him. Yet Alice and her adopted sister are half in awe, half frightened of their dad; desperate for his approval, yet somehow resentful of him, too. It isn't until Alice shows Duffy the story she's been writing, written in the style of Alice in Wonderland, that the scales finally fall from his eyes. Big Norm has been abusing Alice, to what extent it isn't clear, but she's terrified, and he has to help her. Duffy convinces Alice to face her situation in the real world, not just in a story, and to tell his nan what's been going on. When the truth is out, Alice is taken into care, and Duffy faces the fact he may never see her again, but 'bad Alice' touched his life - he will never forget her.
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Told with Jean Ure's trademark deftness of characterisation and dialogue ... it does have Alice making the right moves to end her desperate situation. It's polished, accomplished and at the same time deeply involving ( Armadillo)
This is a very clever twist on the Alice in Wonderland sotry, which tackles som very big issues but can be read on many levels depending on your age ( Newcastle upon tyne evening chronicles)
Impossible to read Bad Alice and forget it. Abuse is a difficult subject for fiction, but here it is treated with sensitivity and understanding ... will undoubtedly earn a place in school libraries for many years to come. ( School Library Journal)
A hard-hitting and challenging novel about 13 year old Duffy's friendship with girl next door, Alice. What at first appears to be a lively imagination and a fixation with Alice in Wonderland, is revealed as a poignant cry for help as Duffy discovers the truth about the abuse Alice is suffering at home.
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Descrizione libro Hodder & Stoughton, 2003. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0340817607
Descrizione libro Hodder & Stoughton, 2003. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. New item. Codice libro della libreria QX-016-70-4660304