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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

Saturday, August 20, 2011

National Book Shop Day

Hello Friends,

I hope you're having a good weekend. My best grown up friend Jacqueline Harvey has had a really busy day visiting four fabulous bookshops for the first ever National Bookshop Day. At 9am she headed to Lindfield Bookshop where she met quite a few gorgeous little girls who are great friends of mine. Then at 11am she was at The Children's Bookshop in Beecroft which was really buzzing with loads of children and fantastic authors, John Larkin, Belinda Murrell, RA Spratt, Christopher Cheng and the amazing illustrator Sarah Davis. From there she managed to stop for a lovely lunch hosted by the Random House publicist Dorothy, who is a superstar! Then Dorothy and Jacqueline drove over to Shearer's Bookshop at Leichardt where Barbara and Tony were having a day full of visiting authors. Jacqueline got to answer some questions about my stories and also unveiled her name on the wall of authors. She had hoped to meet Ray Martin but he couldn't come (she suggested I should try and solve that mystery, which Barbara thought was a good idea). Lastly Jacqueline headed over to Better Read Than Dead in Newtown where she met some very enthusiastic little girls who love my stories. I think she needs to have a big rest tonight! I hope you had a great National Bookshop Day and I'm sure that it's an event that will just get bigger and bigger. Reading is one of my most favourite things to do - and writing too. I hope you're reading something fun.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Lots of love,
Alice-Miranda xxx

This is Ffion - one of my friends and I know she made my best grown up friend Jacqueline Harvey smile!

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