Deciding that she needs a gorgeous role model who does everything right, motherless Alice is disappointed when placed in homely Mrs. Plotkin's class, until she discovers that it is what people are like inside that counts. Reprint.
Alice McKinley is about to become a teenager, but she doesn't know how. Her mother has been dead for years, and what do her father and her nineteen-year-old brother, Lester, know about being a teenage girl? If only she had a role model, like the beautiful sixth-grade teacher Miss Cole. But instead Alice gets assigned to plain, pear-shaped Mrs. Plotkin's class. Is Alice doomed to a life of one embarrassment after another?