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Jacqueline Harvey has combined a successful career in education with her love of a good story. She is the author of 14 novels for younger readers and a picture book, THE SOUND OF THE SEA, which was awarded Honour Book in the 2006 Children’s Book Council Awards. Her bestselling Alice-Miranda series centres on the life of Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones, a perpetually positive and determined seven year old who takes herself off to boarding school because it appeals to her sense of adventure. The first book in the series, Alice-Miranda At School was released in Australia in February 2010 with Alice-Miranda On Holiday, Alice-Miranda Takes the Lead, Alice-Miranda At Sea, Alice-Miranda In New York, Alice-Miranda Shows the Way and Alice-Miranda In Paris following at six month intervals. Jacqueline is currently contracted to write 12 Alice-Miranda books. She has a new series for younger readers (5-9 year olds) which launched in Australia in September 2012. Jacqueline is contracted to write eight Clementine-Rose books with Random House Australia. For more information go to www.jacquelineharvey.com.au

Friday, April 11, 2014

BIG W Katoomba Book Signing Easter Saturday 1.00-2.30pm

Hello Friends,

Clementine Rose and I are really excited to be doing our first in store event with Big W on Easter Saturday.  A brand new store just opened yesterday in Katoomba and we're going to be there on Easter Saturday from 1.00-2.30pm along with our best grown up friend, Jacqueline Harvey. We love the Blue Mountains and fingers crossed that there will be lots of visitors over the Easter weekend as well as loads of locals out and about.  It's a great chance to stock up on some books for the school holidays and I think Big W might have a good supply of chocolate to go with them too!

Jacqueline Harvey will be signing books and giving a short talk at the beginning of the event.  I'm sure that she would be very happy to answer any questions you might have too.  Clemmie and I will be there for photos.

We can't wait to meet everyone!

Lots of love,
Alice-Miranda xx



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

World Book Day and Other Book News

Hello Friends,

I thought I'd tell you about World Book Day which was held on the 6th March this year.  It's not really celebrated in Australia but is a BIG DEAL in the United Kingdom.  I was so thrilled to receive photographs of girls and teachers who dressed up as me and Clementine Rose and Lavender too!  My first friend is Aoibheann. She's 7 years old and lives in Dublin. Her father told my best grown up friend, Jacqueline Harvey that she had planned on dressing as Alice Miranda on World Book Day for months.



Doesn't she look amazing.  Now you might wonder how you pronounce her name.  It's Irish and it's actually pronounced Ay-veen.  There are lots of other beautiful names in Irish which I find hard to work out how to pronounce until I get some help - like Siohban which is Sha-vorn or Aisling which is Ashling.  They're all beautiful names aren't they.

My other friends are from one of my favourite schools in England - The Royal Masonic School for Girls, Cadogan House.  Lavender is Mrs Drummond and her assistant Elaine is Clementine Rose and one of the beautiful girls is Alice-Miranda.  Don't they look amazing too.



The other exciting thing that happened on World Book Day is that my best grown up friend Jacqueline Harvey had recorded an interview with Hannah from the Book Show on Radio Europe back in November and it aired on World Book Day.  When she can figure out how to make the clip small enough she'll link it here!


 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Publication Day to Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape

Hello Friends,

Hope you're all having a fantastic time at school this term.  I can't believe it's almost Easter.  I'm so excited that my best grown up friend, Jacqueline Harvey has a new book out tomorrow.  It's called Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape and it's a gorgeous adventure and guess what?  I was at the seaside too with Millie and Jacinta and we met Clementine Rose and her little piggy Lavender and her new friends Freddy and his big sister Della.  She's a bit of a handful.  I think she might give Alethea a run for her money but you'll have to read the story to find out what happens.

I hope you love it as much as I do.

Lots of love,
Alice-Miranda xx

Monday, March 10, 2014

Events in Melbourne and Brisbane this week and next

Hello Friends,

My best grown up friend Jacqueline Harvey and I will be doing lots of travelling over the next two weeks in Melbourne and Brisbane.  If you'd like to find out about the places we're going (and Clemmie too) please click on the link below.

It's been a really busy time with fun events at The Children's Bookshop in Beecroft and at Dymocks in Sydney and we are going to write about them soon and put up lots of lovely pictures too.

But first of all if you live in Melbourne and Brisbane and you're keen to meet us click on the link below for all the details.

Jacqueline Harvey Events Melbourne and Brisbane March 2014

Hope to see you very soon.

Lots of love,
Alice-Miranda xxx

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Exciting event in Sydney - Dymocks George St Saturday 8 March

I am so thrilled to be visiting Dymocks in George Street on Saturday 8 March to celebrate the release of Alice-Miranda in Japan.  Come along and dress up - there will be prizes too!  This event is free but bookings are essential.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Upcoming events in February and March

Hello Friends,

I am so excited that my new adventure Alice-Miranda In Japan has just hit the shops.  To celebrate the release, my best grown up friend Jacqueline Harvey and I will be visiting bookshops around Sydney for several different events.  I will post more details and the beautiful flyers that go with them soon but for your diary now:

Friday 14 February from 3.30pm Novella Wahroonga
Saturday 15 February from 10.30am - midday Book Review St Ives at St Ives Village
Saturday 1 March 1-2pm a huge celebration of Alice-Miranda In Japan at The Children's Bookshop at Beecroft
Saturday 8 March 11-12 noon big dress up event at Dymocks George St Sydney

There will be lots more happening in March as Jacqueline is touring in Melbourne and Queensland as well as visiting the fabulous Somerset Festival on the Gold Coast. More details soon.

Somerset Celebration of Literature

Hope you're having a fantastic week at school.

Lots of love,
Alice-Miranda xxx

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Alice-Miranda in Japan: High Tea at The Tea Salon by Georgia Cameron

Hello Friends,

I am so thrilled that my new book, Alice-Miranda In Japan is out in the shops in Australia.  During the school holidays we had three wonderful events to celebrate the release (some lucky children got to buy the books two weeks early) at a beautiful place called The Tea Salon in Sydney.  One of my good friends, Georgia Cameron, who is ten years old, wrote a fantastic recount of one of the high teas.  You can read it below.  A big thanks to Georgia for sending this to my best grown up friend Jacqueline Harvey (who also happens to be a friend of Georgia's too).

On 22 January 2014, there was a very special event to celebrate the launch of Alice Miranda in Japan at the Tea Salon at Westfield in the City. It was great fun and very busy.


We arrived early at the tea salon because my mum, my little sister Julia and me travelled into the city with Jacqueline (except that we call her Jacquie). There were lots and lots of people coming to get their photo taken with her and also buying the wonderful Alice-Miranda and Clementine-Rose books. Everyone really wanted Alice- Miranda in Japan! We were all queuing to get into the Tea Salon because there was such a big crowd but luckily we were the first one’s seated. We met some people called Melissa, Eugenie and Araminta and enjoyed chatting and eating scones with jam and cream, pink cupcakes, sushi and ribbon sandwiches. Julia ate 2 or 3 cupcakes!  It was so busy that Jacquie couldn’t even sit down or eat anything.


Jacquie gave a speech about Alice- Miranda in Japan as an introduction. She knows a lot about Japan because she went there with a school group and she’s been back with her husband Ian too. She also read the first chapter of Alice- Miranda in Japan but not anymore because authors don’t like giving away their stories. Jacquie asked if anybody had a question and a row of hands popped up very fast. These were some of the things people wanted to know.  Why did you become an author? When did you publish your first book? And do you have any kids? When people asked Jacquie that question she said she had a step daughter but she and Ian don’t have any children together but I think of Alice-Miranda and Clementine-Rose as her children.
 
At the end of the speech Jacquie signed some more books and then we all headed home. It was a fun time and I loved it and I hope that everyone else that was there enjoyed it to.


Georgia Cameron

Thanks for the great report Georgia,

Lots of love,
Alice-Miranda xxxx

There are some more lovely photos of the event below.