* AngstWhatAngst: Alice has many many close calls with death and/or AFateWorseThanDeath, but she never shows any trauma from this.
* FridgeHorror: ''Secret Of the Black Stone'', the fate of other children: [[spoiler: hundreds if not thousands of them were killed in the war already, but Alice doesn't dwell on it...]]
** Also the children in ''The Star Dog''.
*** What happened to them?
** In ''The Star Dog'', the BigBad kidnaps juvenile delinquents and puts them into a school where he intends to raise them into professional criminals. The subjects in that "school" include not only pickpocketing and fighting, but also, for example, [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals torture of animals]]. Moreover, at some point all children are brainwashed into blindly worshipping their "teachers".
* {{Moe}}: Alice.
* UnfortunateImplications: It might be that or even GettingCrapPastTheRadar. In ''The War with Liliputs'', there is rather a bit of FoeYay between Rat and Alice, justified as they have a case of EnemyMine. It wouldn't be a problem but for the fact that he's (in his true form) a scorpion-like creature and she's ''twelve'' (or thirteen, according to the fans' research not that it makes it less squicky). Also, he used to shapeshift into her on at least one occasion.
-->'''Rat''': See you in the palace, kitten!
-->(Laughs out loud as if Alice were his best friend).
** Alice is attracted to his new form of a golden-haired young man, and muses a bit too often that the pirates aren't really that bad and that she's quite used to them. She ends up offering to bandage Rat when he's hit by a blaster shot, but he refuses. Whether all this is intentional buildup on Bulychev's part is doubtful, but in the first half of the book Alice's maturing into a teenager was explicitly mentioned and discussed by her family, and awkwardness ensued in her relations with her best friends Pavel and Arkasha.