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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

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Alice-Miranda On Holiday

Hi Everyone,

It's Jacqueline Harvey here. Alice-Miranda asked if I would like to take be her guest blogger this week. And what a week it's been. The Abbotsleigh Literary Festival was a huge success with the most incredible array of authors, illustrators, cartoonists, journalists and other literary experts descending on the school. I had the pleasure of speaking at both opening assemblies - although coming after James Roy at the Senior School assembly - and his hilarious take on the success of the sparkly vampires in Twilight was something of a hard act to follow! I had a great time writing a story for the Junior School assembly which saw everyone from Mr Chicken to Bear and Chook making their way to Woonona Avenue, terrifying our lovely Librarian Sue Krust on the way. On Friday the Junior School Book Parade was amazing. There were many Alice-Miranda's including Miss Havadjia - who looked simply stunning. Paul Macdonald from The Children's Bookshop at Beecroft had special permission to sell Alice-Miranda on Holiday just at the Book Fair on Friday. It was a real thrill signing lots of books - and I've had some lovely feedback from girls who have been reading over the weekend. This week is very exciting too as we are shooting a segment for Saturday Disney with the lovely Shae and Sally and the Year 7 boarders on Tuesday.

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