Alice Next Door by Judi Curtin
  

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Megan's best friend Alice has moved away -- but the two friends hatch a risky plot to get back together.

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Synopsis

Alice Next Door by Judi Curtin

Best friends NEED to be together. Don't they? Poor Megan! Not alone is she stuck with totally uncool parents, and a little sister who is too cute for words, but now her very best friend, Alice, has moved away. Now Megan has to go to school and face the dreaded Melissa all on her own. The two friends hatch a risky plot to get back together. But can their secret plan work?

Reviews

comic excitement ... Underpinned by a delicious, unmerciful presentation of adults as seen by the two girls. First class stuff.' Tony Hickey - Village Magazine Village Magazine

engrossing story with a real insight into the world of pre-teen girls Publishing News

'Where this book succeeds so well is in showing the repercussions that decisions made by adults have on children and the ways in which, accordingly, they must live through these. A happy-ever-after scenario is not presented at the end of the novel, but then this would not be feasible either for Megan or for Alice. At once perceptive and humorous, this novel will doubtless strike a chord with many young readers.' Jake Hope - www.Achuka.co.uk

About the Author

Judi Curtin

Judi Curtin is Ireland’s favourite children’s writer. She is the best-selling author of the ‘Alice and Megan’ series which has sold rights to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Poland, Lithuania and Serbia. In Ireland, the series has sold over 100,000 copies. She is also the author of the smash-hit 'Eva' series: Eva's Journey, Eva's Holiday, Leave it to Eva, and Eva and the Hidden Diary, which has sold 36,000 copies to date. She has been nominated for Irish Book Awards on numerous occasions.

Judi Curtin by her editor Helen Carr:
Judi Curtin writes for one of my favourite age levels, 8-12; this is the age when readers take steps toward enjoying more sophisticated plots, themes and issues. They need books that grab their interest, with action, depth and engaging characters, and Judi’s books certainly have these. I always look forward to a new book coming in from her – I love working with her and finding out where she’s taking her characters next. I was Judi’s editor on her hugely-successful ‘Alice & Megan’ series; in the course of seven books, best friends Alice & Megan move from primary to secondary school, sensible Megan always valiantly trying to curb the excesses of her more reckless friend. Along the way, Judi deals with separation, bullying, new schools and all the speed bumps of friendship. I also work with Judi on her ‘Eva’ series. In the three books so far, I’ve come to love Eva for her ebullience, her wit and her constant butting in – whether people they want her help or not. In Leave it to Eva, Judi displays her characteristically light touch as Eva deals with bigger problems than ever – family issues, characters taking steps towards independence and deepening their understanding of friendship – but it’s never overwhelming for the reader and the strong, convincing characters keep the children’s perspectives to the fore. It’s also very funny; Eva’s first person narrative is distinctive and witty, and though we always feel she’ll do the right thing, she’s no saint, so she may not always do it with good grace! I hope there’ll be many more books from Judi, about Eva and friends and about more characters we haven’t met yet …

Interview with Judi Curtin

1. Where did you get the idea for this new book?
It started when I thought about the regret a young girl would feel at never having the chance to know her mum. Then I had to find a way for them to be together, even though the mum had died many years earlier.
2. Time travel is such a cool concept, what was your inspiration for this? Time travel has always fascinated me. Who wouldn’t want the chance to revisit the past? Who wouldn’t want to experience historical events? Who wouldn’t want to see their parents as teenagers?
3. If you could travel through a porthole to any decade/period in history, when would it be? I think I’d go back to the 1920’s, when my grandparents were young. It’s an interesting era, and I’d love to see the lives my grandparents had, many years before I came along.
4. What one item would you like to banish into history and is there anything you’d like to bring back from the past?
5. Is Molly based on someone in particular? No. Except for Domino the cat, all of my characters are completely fictional. (But that doesn’t stop people saying they recognize themselves in my books!)
6. Did you have fun writing about the 80s? I loved it. I know it’s ancient history to my readers, but for me I’m writing about my youth.
7. What is your favourite thing about the 80s? The fashions might seem gross now, but they were wonderful too. Everything was big and loud and colourful.
8. When you were writing Time After Time did you miss your other characters from the Alice series or the Eva series? I always miss my old characters, and more than once I’ve sneaked a few from one series into another.
9. What was your favourite part of writing Time after Time? I loved writing the part where Beth meets her mother – the first time I’ve made myself cry. Sad, but very rewarding.
10. Do you read children’s books yourself? Only rarely, (which might be controversial.) I read voraciously when I was a child, and as a teacher and parent, I continued that for many years. Now though, I mostly read book written for people like me.
11. When you write, how much do you think about the reader? In the first draft I’m very much writing what I want to write. In later drafts, with the help of my wonderful editor, Helen, I do try to consider how the reader is going to engage with my characters and story.
12. How does your interaction with real children affect the way you write and what you write about? I do very many events with young people, who can be quite transparent. They seem to like my stories about families and friendship, and as I like writing these, it’s easy to continue.
13. What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Read everything you can get your hands on. Keep a diary. Enter competitions – not necessarily to win, but so you get practice at polishing your work.
14. Time for the mean question: What is your favourite book in the entire world? Today I’m going to say ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,’ by C.S. Lewis. It’s the only Narnia book I read as a child, and I’ve always loved it. (But if you ask me again next week, it could be Heidi, First term at Malory Towers, The Great Gatsby, or even whatever book I read tonight!)

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Format

Paperback
208 pages
Interest Age: From 10

Author

Judi Curtin
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Author's Website

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Publisher

O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

10th March 2014

ISBN

9781847176691

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