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The Pink Dress by Anne Alexander

Brenda is an Ottawa native with a small eBay store. As Treasures by Brenda she sells a variety of new, used and vintage merchandise.

The Pink Dress

The Pink Dress

The Pink Dress, A Coming-of-Age Novel

The Pink Dress by Anne Alexander is a coming-of-age children's novel that was written and published in 1959. According to Bookfinder's Annual Report, it was the most sought after out-of-print children's book of 2008 and 2009. I have read that there was a 1970s reprint but I have never seen one.

If you have never heard of The Pink Dress, you are not alone and you may be surprised to learn of its value and of its popularity. On this page, you will find some basic information about the book, plenty of quotations from people who long for a copy of book and some sources for buying it.

I had the opportunity to sell this book from my eBay store, Treasures By Brenda, in 2007. Unfortunately, I never took the opportunity to read it and now I am amongst those who long for the opportunity to do so...


Breaking News

STOP THE PRESSES! Breaking News.

After waiting for decades for this book to be reprinted, it has. For all of you who have waited to re-read this book or to share it with a daughter or a granddaughter, your chance has finally arrived. You no longer have to only think about reading it you can and at a very affordable price.

The Pink Dress

The Pink Dress

What is The Pink Dress About?

This book is considered a coming-of-age story and tells the tale of a junior high schooler who finds herself, by virtue of a boy's ID bracelet, in the 'inner circle'. However, when the community starts to experience vandalism, she discovers that maybe the people in this group are not so nice. She has to make a decision about whether or not to continue befriending this 'in crowd'. The jacket summarizes this book as "an absorbing story which junior high school readers will appreciate for its realistic understanding of them and their problems."

Other Reviews

"I read this book when I was in 6th grade on a whim, because all the other kids had borrowed the more popular books from the library. There was no synopsis on the cover and the the cover itself was very plain, but what was inside was a wonderful story of a young girl coming of age and I fell in love with it. There are still scenes that come to mind from time to time for some reason, but I don't know why. When I read it at that time (1986) it was already almost 30 years old. This is the first I have seen it since that time, and I am overjoyed! What a treasure it is. If you can afford it, then I encourage you to purchase it--it's worth every penny!" - Hennig

"I love The Pink Dress. I read it when I was 13. I'm now 51. I have never forgotten it. It was the book that turned me into a reader. Everyone in family read except me. I thought it was boring. I got very sick and while I was recovering my mother brought home a stack of library books. She handed me The Pink Dress, said just give it a try. I loved the cover. I open the book, read the first sentence and I was lost. I have been an avid read ever since."

"I read The Pink Dress in 8th grade in 1961 and considered it my "coming of age" book. I checked it our of the school library. I started searching for it about 10 years ago after I opened a bookstore, not realizing how many others were moved by it, too."

"I have always wished I had my own copy, too! I read it as a fourth, fifth, or sixth grader back in the late 70s, having checked it out of our school library. I am so "old" now (smile) but have remembered it vividly all these years later. My oldest daughter is now at approx. the right age to start appreciating that book."

"Wow.....its amazing how many of us read that book and would like to own it and read it again. I am 51 years old and I remember reading it sooooo many times when I was in junior high school. It was the most checked out book from our school library in the early 60's. I can't tell you how many times I read it and would love to have a copy. I am 55 and I will acquire the pink dress before I die!"

"I am 52, and yes, I am in the read-it-in-grade-school club. I received a copy as a Christmas gift from a neighbor in 1966 or so, and it still sits on my book shelf, and I do still read it from time to time. I had no idea how much it was worth until a family member looked it up. My copy is hardcover, color illustration on the front, same pose in the older version. Great story that still holds up, no matter how times change. I also wish they would reprint it... I wouldn't want to part with my copy for anything."

"I was in junior high and not much of a reader. I went into the library at school one day and came upon The Pink Dress. I picked it off the shelf after reading the dust jacket. Well that was it. When I opened that book it opened the world of the written world to me. I vaguely remember the story now as that was quite a few years ago. Like all of you I thought it would be nice to read it again. I too wish I could find a copy that isn't priced out of this world.I never realized that this book was cherished by so many. I too hope they will reprint it. If I should be so lucky to find it in a used book store or thrift store that would be amazing."

These reviews are from American Exchange, which is no longer an active website.

Who Is Anne Alexander?

Anne Alexander

Anne Alexander

Anne Alexander was born in Shanghai, China, the child of a missionary nurse and a British riverboat captain. She arrived in the United States when she was 12 years old.

She eventually took inspiration for her writing from the varied friends her children brought home from high school and college and wrote many magazine stories and books including To Live a Lie, Trouble on Treat Street, ABC of Cars and Trucks, Linda, Connie, of course, The Pink Dress.

Vintage Copies of The Pink Dress

The Pink Dress

The Pink Dress

One Final Review

"I am about to turn 50, having the big birthday bash, and all I want for my birthday is The Pink Dress. I remember it having a pale pink cover, but I don't remember much else, except that I LOVED it...it was romantic and sweet and exciting, and it made me feel great about being a girl. I read it over and over. Reading it now would be such a delight, though I have often wondered if I would find it silly or trivial now."

Do you think a children's book you knew and loved is worth $500?

The Pink Dress was a popular book with pre-teens in the 1960s which for reasons unknown has not been reprinted other than possibly once in the 1970s. Many of the women who loved it back then would like to be able to share this book, which is so near to their hearts, with their daughters and their granddaughters but they cannot because this book is simply too rare and, because of that rarity, too expensive. Can you relate to how they are feeling? How much would you be willing to pay for a children's book you treasured as a child?

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

Do you think a children's book you knew and loved is worth $500?

mikchick on March 12, 2015:

Lilstar29: did you ever find out anything

mikchick58 on March 11, 2015:

Lilstar: did you ever find out anything?

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on February 28, 2014:

@Gypzeerose: Great idea for you to write to that author! It's too bad that people cannot so easily locate a copy of The Pink Dress by Anne Alexander!

Rose Jones on January 01, 2014:

I have purchased rare books by Lois Lenski - but not for the prices you are talking about. Once I tried to buy a book on using the Silva Method for Raising Children - it was listed over one thousand dollars. I was able to write the author and she gave me one. :)

anonymous on September 13, 2013:

I'm looking for my mom's copy of this book! It probably says Jeri Lynn or Jeri Austin.. Maybe a combo of them both? If you have it, know where it might be, any info you have I'll take!!Please email me at tayroach@gmail.comThanks!

joseph-sottile-16 on June 05, 2013:

The first book I treasured was CATCHER IN THE RYE, and I still have it! I have written my own true coming age story here. I hope you read and comment on it...http://www.squidoo.com/the-vanishing-superhero

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 20, 2013:

@anonymous: I hope you are able to find a copy that is in good condition, Debra at a price that you can afford.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 20, 2013:

@anonymous: Yes, it is really amazing that they have not reprinted this book.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 20, 2013:

@anonymous: Lucky you to own a copy, Lorrain!

anonymous on May 19, 2013:

I read this book over and over in junior high and high school. It has remained my favorite book. I have been looking for a copy for several years for my grandaughters to read. I told them all about it. I was surprised at the rarity and price of it. I have been watching the price come down from $3500.00 to now $380. To $1200.00. I will be buying this book in the near future. Sure wish they eould reprint.

anonymous on May 18, 2013:

@anonymous: I was think since you are a writer maybe you know someone who knows someone who can get it reprinted with the help of the copy that you have. Wouldn't that be great.

anonymous on May 18, 2013:

I read this book when I was like 10 yrs. It belong to one of my older sisters. And like many others I've looked for it in library's in books store at yard sales and like many others I haven't been able to. I am now 53 and it's also a book that I think about often. I learned many lessons about life. How to use your common sense. It's hard to believe that a great story like this was never printed again. If it was printed in 1970 I believe I would have found one. The Raincoat is another one that was written about the same time. That why I thought It would be easy to fine The Pink Dress. How sad.

inbarshahar on March 17, 2013:

I will try to read this novel.......Great post ...

anonymous on February 09, 2013:

I have an old library copy. I read it over and over one summer as a kid. I'm 45 and have kept it on a shelf within sight and within reach all these years, never put it a box in the attic. I remember I used to just stare at the cover - I love pink. I was shocked last night when I happen to look for a new version of it and now see how rare this book is. But I love this book so much I know I could never part with it no matter what the going price is. It's always been valuable to me. :)

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on February 01, 2013:

@anonymous: You are right, it is amazing and amazing, too, that it hasn't been re-released.

anonymous on January 30, 2013:

I was astonished to see The Pink Dress at the top of the Most Sought After juvenile out-of-print books, and also that it was published in 1959 because it was then or shortly after that I read it. I've often thought of that book and intended to re-read it, but I'm not going to buy it, so I don't know how I can obtain a copy to read. Amazing following that this book has!

anonymous on January 29, 2013:

I glanced at a list of most sought after books today and was surprised to see The Pink Dress topping the list. I was given the book in the '90s with a group of older books ... I believe from some older ladies at church. I did read and enjoy it multiple times. Now I'm worried that my mother may have taken it to the used bookstore ...

Lilstar29 on January 25, 2013:

@Swimmerjan: I have changed my settings on the Squidoo page here so that readers can email me. I am checking on some legal issues regarding lending out the transcript. I have no intention of charging for anything. To me it's like lending someone a book. :)Feel free to email me.

Swimmerjan on January 24, 2013:

@Lilstar29: How do we contact you, Lilstar29?

Swimmerjan on January 24, 2013:

I read (multiple times) and loved this book when I was in junior high. I wonder if someone who owns one of the rare copies can get it scanned and digitized? I'm sure tons of people would love to buy it as an e-book for a modest price, even if it was just the text.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 21, 2013:

@Lilstar29: I'd think we need a legal expert to answer that question!

Lilstar29 on January 21, 2013:

@TreasuresBrenda: I use my copy of the book to practice my typing and transcribing skills. Would it violate any terms of a copyright to share the file of my transcription- free of charge of course! Just so people can read it?

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 21, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks for taking the time to comment. I'm amazed that you (and other commentors) remember the book. That's a testament in itself to how good it was.

anonymous on January 20, 2013:

I read this book in junior high. It must have been right after it was published, because that was way back in 1959 or 60. Probably every girl in school read it, because it was so popular that in order to get it you had to be on the reserve list in the school library. I am so surprised that a book that I read way back then is worth so much today. It was a very good book!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 07, 2013:

@anonymous: Since I wrote this page, someone told me that it had been reprinted once. However, I've never seen a reprint. It really should be reprinted so that everyone who wants to read it can.

anonymous on December 23, 2012:

I love the book but would not pay $500 for it? Does anyone know who owns the copyright and if there is a chance it will ever be reprinted?

BuckHawkcenter on August 27, 2012:

The Squid Angel Fall Bus Tour went looking for something great to read during the cooler weather and we found it!

Lilstar29 on July 21, 2012:

I was an avid reader in junior high, and my favorite color was pink. Hence, the title drew me to it in the school library. I kept checking it out, rereading it over and over. As an adult I searched high and low for that book. I finally found a copy on Ebay some years ago and saved and got it. I'm 41 now. It's still my favorite book, and I still pick it up from time to time and read through. *sigh...

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on July 08, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi, Rhonda -- I've looked high and low for any reprints before & again today because of your note. Unfortunately, I'm still unable to find one...it would be great to find ANY version of this book.

anonymous on July 05, 2012:

There was a reprint in the 70's because that is when I bought my copy at a Walden's book store in the Dallas area. It had the same dust jacket pictured here. It became my favorite book and I must have read it at least 20 times. Sadly, when I moved out on my own I could not locate it and my parents have never found it at home. I miss it so much and would love nothing more than to own a copy again.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on July 05, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for sharing, Nancy!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on July 05, 2012:

@anonymous: You are welcome -- the value is a surprise to many people.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on July 05, 2012:

@anonymous: Many, many women wish they would republish this book.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on July 05, 2012:

@anonymous: I'd love to have the chance to read it, Sherri. You might just want to hang onto yours, LOL.

anonymous on July 03, 2012:

I actually have a copy of this book. I got it when I was a young girl. It is in perfect condition but the dust cover has been torn. I heard this book was worth a lot now but didn't know of anyone that wanted to buy it. It is wonderful!

anonymous on May 15, 2012:

@anonymous: Me to. I want a copy and would pay a "reasonably high" price for one.

anonymous on March 10, 2012:

I read The Pink Dress in 1968 when I was around 12 in Hillsboro, Texas. I loved it then and still think about it often and would give almost anything to read it again or perhaps own it. Sure wish it would be republished.

anonymous on February 10, 2012:

I read "The Pink Dress" when I was in 6th grade, about 1961. It was my first "real" book to read, outside of Trixie Beldon and Nancy Drew. I loved it, but I did only read it once. I wanted a copy, and for some reason, I went to eBay. I was in SHOCK! I had NO CLUE it was a sought after/ well thought of/ beloved book. AND THE PRICE! I should have bought that lottery ticket and hoped for the best! I would love to re-read it again, because I too, have never forgotten it. Thanks for the comment site...

anonymous on January 28, 2012:

About two months ago another member of my book group and I both brought up "The Pink Dress" and how much it meant to us when we were growing up. I am now almost 65 years old and remember that book very clearly. I was probably 12 or 13 when I read it and checked it out from the public library in Milwaukie, Oregon. I read it over and over. It was a very popular book and I think it was almost brand new when I read it the first time. I think it was either 1959 or 1960. I

anonymous on August 26, 2011:

@TreasuresBrenda: Yes, to Leah - the lucky possessor of a "Pink Dress" :)

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on August 26, 2011:

@anonymous: Sorry, IBP are you asking Leah or me? (I'm in Canada.) I expect you are asking Leah.

anonymous on August 25, 2011:

@anonymous: Do you happen to live in either Colorado or S. Calif?

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on August 25, 2011:

@anonymous: That personal attachment makes it a very important book for you, doesn't it?

anonymous on August 25, 2011:

I have a copy of it. My mom and I got it at a book depository when I was a kid, sometime in the mid-'80s. I haven't considered selling it despite the going rate!

lemonsqueezy lm on August 05, 2011:

OK. You peaked my curiosity. Now I am on a mission to find this book and read it. I wonder if my middle-school-aged daughter would read it too. Fabulous lens!!!!!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on June 19, 2011:

@anonymous: I have never read about the actual reason the book has never been reprinted but I would be curious to know more. Thanks for your comment.

anonymous on June 19, 2011:

Sigh, yes, I'm another one of those read it over and over as a child, then wanted it for my children and found out the rarity of it. SHOCK!!! The hardest thing is that I HAD the copy as a kid. I've looked all over my parents's house, but, am by now sure that it was given away. Odd that it just can't be reprinted. -My understanding is that the author herself denied any reprinting - true? Anyone know why?

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 17, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks for your comment, Kathy. I know many women who would really, really like to see this reprinted. I think it could be beautifully done im memory of the original, which means so much to so many.

anonymous on May 15, 2011:

The Pink Dress was my favorite book when I was a teenager. I do not remember why I loved it so much, but after 50 years< it is the one book I would love to read again. Please reprint it!!!

chrissuard lm on November 22, 2010:

Wonderfully informative and enjoyable lens. I couldn't find how much you sold yours for though. :(

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on August 26, 2010:

@anonymous: I've never read it but I would sure love to!

anonymous on August 21, 2010:

Until today I thought that the book I remembered reading was just something I'd found in the school library when I was in 5th grade (1965) that no one else had even heard of. For some reason the title popped into my head and I decided to do an Amazon search. Was stunned to see that The Pink Dress was a well-known book and so popular. I don't care about owning it but I'd love to read it just to see why I liked it so much back then.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on July 21, 2010:

@anonymous: Thanks, Sheilajean, for sharing with us. Yours is exactly the type of story that I read about when I was first introduced to this book.

anonymous on July 20, 2010:

I had almost forgotten about The Pink Dress until I was cleaning out my parents' house after my father's death. My mother never threw ANY of my school stuff away and I came upon a list I'd made for our "appreciating the library" unit in 4th grade. On the top of my "favorite books" list was The Pink Dress. I IMMEDIATELY had a vision of the cover - exactly as pictured above. My memory is fuzzier as to the actual plot, but the feeling of loving that book came back to me in such a visceral way. I can't say if I had the $$ that I wouldn't pay that much! When it did all come down to cleaning things out, the things I found I couldn't part with at all were my books - from the Little Goldens on thru to Forever by Judy Blume!

LoKackl on July 07, 2010:

I'm circling back to SQuid Angel Bless and to wish you a happy (belated) birthday,Brenda! Are you as much the emotional sweet homebody that my Cancer-sign son is? Smiles!

GrowWear on July 03, 2010:

Happy birthday, Miss Brenda! The Pink Dress is another from your catalog of awesome lenses. Hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on July 03, 2010:

I'm fresh out of ponies, Brenda, but I tweeted this lovely lens for your birthday!

semas on July 03, 2010:

An amazing News! I am from India and have not heard about this book but the lens makes me nostalgic of the books I have read during my school days!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on July 03, 2010:

@anonymous: I'm taking it from your comment, Sharon, that you read it. I really do wish I had read it. I am not sure that I will ever be lucky enough to even SEE another copy of The Pink Dress. I had a friend once sold some valuable equestrian artwork that she had inherited in order to make a down payment on a home. Her mother suggested she have it professionally photographed and framed and she did. Now she has copies of the artwork to decorate her new home. If you decide to sell the book, you might like to have a picture to remember it by.

anonymous on July 02, 2010:

It is such a sweet story, my book is still in its zip lock bag on my office shelf as I have found it hard to part with also. I am still watching to see what they are selling for, the more they go away, the better the price. But, still haven't decided if I want to sell it.

anonymous on July 01, 2010:

@anonymous: I haven't read it, but after seeing how it has touched people, I want to. I would also like my daughter to read it before I sell it. But if it's as good as it sounds, I might not be able to part with it. Too bad it hasn't been reissued, espeically when so many would like to read it again.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on July 01, 2010:

@anonymous: You will make someone very happy when you do part with your copy. Have you read the book? I'm very curious to know if what the story is like...

anonymous on July 01, 2010:

I have a copy of this book. It's an old library book and in kinda rough shape...still readable though. I got it at an auction for almost nothing. Bought it because the cover was pretty. Now I realize what a treasure I have. I plan to auction it on Ebay soon. I don't see keeping it when so many would like a chance to own it.

anonymous on January 16, 2010:

@TreasuresBrenda: Then again, what good is it once I have read it? Does it sit on my shelf only to be discarded someday when I am gone? So, I am wrestling with my decision. I do have granddaughters and one is interested in reading, but this book would be boring probably to a teenager in 2010. I will continue to ponder my decision and once I make it I won't look back one way or the other.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 16, 2010:

@anonymous: And once you've sold it, it will be gone forever. I don't think many of us would get the opportunity to see a second copy of this book, especially since finding one is so difficult.

anonymous on January 16, 2010:

@anonymous: I have researched it and I am amazed at the price on some of these. I am thinking about selling it, but have not made up my mind yet. I am a writer and appreciate books and that is one reason I picked up this little abandoned book, never thought it was worth anything. Sharon

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 15, 2010:

@anonymous: Sharon, having a copy of that book is exciting (and I haven't even read it although I sure would love to!) I have read notes from many women who would love to re-read it. For whatever reason, it has never been reissued which makes it inaccessible to all those with fond memories of it and makes it more valuable for people who have a copy to sell.For an idea of what it is worth, click through on the link on this page to Amazon. Check on eBay and check on www.abebooks.com. Make sure you take into consideration condition and the fact that yours is a library book. (Some of those for sale may be as well.) Then you'll just have to decide where you're going to sell it. Good luck!

anonymous on January 13, 2010:

I actually have the book and have been considering selling it as it does not have any sentimental attachment for me. It was a library book and I bought it at a book sale only because it was printed in 1959 when I graduated from high school and the dedication said, "Dedicated to my daughter, Sharon with love." My name is Sharon and I thought that was unique so I bought it. I took it home and read it in one sitting and it brought back school memories. The book is in fair condition as it was originally a library book, it has a few smudges, and the hardback has a couple of rough spots on the edges, it still has the library check out card and was last checked out Jan. 1990. It has a stamp in the back that says, "Ownership Label No Longer Valid." Guess that did that when they decided to put it among the books for sale. Too bad, if they had only known. I may sell it, but not sure what I would ask.

julieannbrady on December 08, 2009:

Anne Alexander surely has had an interesting life -- sounds like a wonderful book! Love pink dresses too. ;)

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 24, 2009:

I'd love to find and read this book. Fabulous write-up. I love the mug!

Cheryl Kohan from England on October 24, 2009:

I've still got most of the books I had when I was a child but, unfortunately, The Pink Dress wasn't one of them...I'd love to read it. Now you've got my curiosity piqued, Brenda. Will be keeping my eyes out for it - you just never know!

FlynntheCat1 on October 24, 2009:

Wonderful lens, and an interesting book I shall keep my eye out for. Blessed.

Dianne Loomos on October 23, 2009:

I had never heard of this book before. I would love to read it but that seems unlikely unless it is reprinted. I just checked eBay and there is a copy on there for $585. Wow!