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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.

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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 $