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By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Refreshing Clique series spinoff features smart girls.

Book Lisi Harrison School 2009
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age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

Engaging and well-written Clique series spinoff is a winner.

In the popular new Clique series spinoff Alphas, wonderful writer Lisi Harrison pours out a new tale, starring talented girls in a futuristic academy. The girls are smart and resourceful, and kids will enjoy it. The book is full of good, positive messages. A+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 11+

Perfect for tweens and teens alike :)

I read this book along with the whole Clique series but this has a big diffrence: THE GIRLS ARE SMART!!! They all are competing to win a competition at an academy created by a smart, beautiful, acomplished woman. I would recomend this book to any tween or teen girl who loves Lisi Harrison and the Clique books.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (31):

Lisi Harrison's ALPHAS will beat many readers' expectations. Most will likely look for a continuance of the Clique series and though there is one character carryover, this novel is fresh, fun, and nowhere near as catty or brand obsessed. Instead, the focus is on the development and learning of 100 exceptionally bright and talented girls.

Harrison does a very good job of getting readers to care about these high-achieving girls (not just the boy-crazy and clothes-obsessed kind) while sucking them into the mystery of Alpha Academy's founder, Shira. She gives a general uneasy feeling about the island and its creator even though everything outwardly is very cool and benevolent. Teens will really like this quick read and look forward to he next in the series.

Book Details

  • Author: Lisi Harrison
  • Genre: School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Poppy
  • Publication date: August 25, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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