About Me

My photo
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

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New website and home for the blog!

Hello Friends,

Clementine Rose and I are really excited about our new website.  It's where you can find out lots of things about us and our best grownup friend Jacqueline Harvey and there's wallpaper and a name generator (so you can have your very own Alice-Miranda style name) and even party invitations and recipes.  Most exciting of all, you can sign up for the monthly newsletter which will have all sorts of fun things, including sneak peeks of new books, exclusive content you won't find anywhere else and this month there's a great competition to win a signed Alice-Miranda tote bag which is very handy for carrying all sorts of things like library books and sports gear! and you can't buy anywhere).

We love writing our blog too and it's now going to be part of the website - so you can decide whether you want to read blogs from me or Clementine Rose or Jacqueline Harvey or all three.  If you look on the picture below it shows you how to filter the blogs.

So, to keep up with everything please make sure that you head over to www.jacquelineharvey.com.au

This Sunday our best grownup friend Jacqueline Harvey will be at the Sydney Writers' Festival Family Day from 10am.  She'd love to see you and you can even have morning tea with her!

Next week we're all heading to Adelaide and Mt Gambier and a little town called Millicent so please check on the website for our events and hopefully we will see you there!

Lots of love,
Alice-Miranda (and Clementine Rose) xxxx

Friday, May 2, 2014

New Books, a book signing and upcoming events

Hello Friends,

I hope you've had a great week.  It's been a very exciting one for me and my best grownup friend Jacqueline Harvey.  Alice-Miranda in Paris has been shortlisted for two awards!  The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) and the REAL awards which act as the shortlist for the YABBAs, KOALA, COOL and KROC awards.  The ABIAs are voted on by people who work in the book industry like booksellers and publishers and the the REAL awards are voted by children just like you from Victoria, NSW, the ACT and the Northern Territory.  It's a huge honour to know that there are lots of people reading and enjoying my adventures.  You can ask your teachers and librarians how to cast your vote!

Jacqueline has been super busy finishing a new Clementine Rose story which is called Clementine Rose and the Famous Friend. It's the seventh of Clemmie's adventures and will be out in October this year. In the meantime we can show you the cover of the next book, Clementine Rose and the Treasure Box which will be out on the 1st of July.  I think it's so pretty.

Next Saturday, the 10th May Jacqueline Harvey is going to be signing books at Book Review at St Ives Village Shopping Centre from 11am.  You can come along and have your Clementine Rose and Alice-Miranda books signed - remember the latest Clementine adventure is Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape and my latest adventure is Alice-Miranda in Japan.  Jacqueline will be there with bookmarks and posters, so come along and say hello.

There are lots more events coming soon.  On Sunday 25 May Jacqueline is appearing at the Family Day at the Sydney Writers' Festival.  You can come along and hear her speak and then have morning tea with her too.

Jacqueline is touring in South Australia from Monday 26 - Saturday 31 May and will post all the event details in the next week or so and after that she's appearing at the Abbotsleigh Literary Festival in Sydney which is open to all schools and individuals and you can book tickets here.

Anyway, have a lovely weekend.  If you're playing sport, have a great game!

Lots of love,
Alice-Miranda xxx

PS  I wanted to share with you one of my special friends, Piper who is showing off her huge collection of Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose books.  And finally, I need to let you know that very soon (hopefully in the next couple of weeks), there is going to be a fantastic new Jacqueline Harvey website which will have special sections for me and for Clementine Rose as well with lots of games and fun activities for you to do.

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.