Alice-by-accident by Lynne Reid Banks


Alice-by-accident by Lynne Reid Banks

Nine-year-old Alice must write about herself for a school assignment, and in doing so, she sorts out her feelings about her somewhat prickly single mother, the father she has never met, her flamboyant paternal grandmother and the rest of her sometimes confusing life. Alice doesn't see how she can write her life story as a class assignment. How can she fit nine years into a couple of pages? Her pets have died and the only family she has is her mother. Until recently she had a beloved interfering grandmother - Gene - but she's gone from Alice's life. Besides, Alice discovered ages ago she was born by accident, and that's the sort of private thing you don't write about for school. Alice does the assignment but she thinks it's boring, until she discovers a need to write about her true life - the exciting, complicated and private of her life. She writes how Gene came along, how she changed Alice's life, making it richer in experience but also more complicated. She records ongoing quarrels between Gene and her mother which ended with the Big Row and now she can't see Gene any more. Lynne Reid Banks has written a truly compelling story of a creative child caught in the middle of a difficult but very real and increasingly common situation.


Praise for The Indian in the Cupboard 'An assured piece of story-telling, well able to stand comparison with older classics. Times Educational Supplement Enthralling and hair-raising reading. TLS The Key to the Indian is a swiftly-moving, tightly-plotted, exciting, funny tale, which will keep the reader firmly hooked and frantically turning the pages. Carousel Praise for The Secret of the Indian There have been many famous stories in which children's toys come alive: this book is in the same great tradition. School Library Association

About the Author

Lynne Reid Banks

Lynne Reid Banks is a best-selling author for children and adults. Her classic children's novel, The Indian in the Cupboard, has sold over ten million copies worldwide and was made into a highly successful feature film.

She was born in London in 1929 and was an actress in the early 1950's; later she became one of the first women TV news reporters in Britain. Lynne has now written forty books; her first, The L-Shaped Room, was published in 1960. She lives with her husband in Dorset, England.

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192 pages
Interest Age: From 9 To 12


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Publication date

6th May 2003



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