Genre: Realistic Fiction
# of Pages: 170
RAC Book: No
2010 Iowa High School Award Winner
“Alice” recounts the story of how she was abducted by a pedophile named Ray and forced to live with him for several years and follow his rules. For example, Ray starves her so that she will stay little and seem like a little girl. She considers herself dead inside and wishes he would just kill her and get it over with. The only reason she never tries to run or tell someone is that he threatens to kill her family if she does. When Ray suggests they look for a new little girl to live with them Alice agrees because she desperately wants to leave this situation, even if it means he will kill her. As she starts helping him on his quest she wonders if it is really in her to subject a new child to the horrors she has been through.
This book is very detailed and graphic. Alice’s life is beyond unimaginable and her spirit has long been crushed. Despite the fact that there have been stories like this that end happy with a family reunion, there is a sense of hopelessness in Alice’s case like she has given up. The content of this book is very serious and will bother many students.