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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, March 4, 2012

Another busy week!

Hello Friends,
My best grown up friend Jacqueline Harvey has had another very busy week.  On Monday she talked to the gorgeous girls at MLC Burwood and Santa Sabina Del Monte in Strathfield.  Then on Wednesday she spent the day with the lovely Claire and Alex from Gosford Public Library who took her to visit Gosford Public School and OLR at Wyoming.  Jacqueline and her publicist Dorothy also dropped in to see the sales team at Scholastic Lisarow, and she was very excited to meet Roxanne (a big fan of my stories) in person as well as all the other staff of course.  In the afternoon she met some lovely little girls at Dymocks Erina Fair.  She said that's a beautiful bookshop and their display was gorgeous.  On Thursday afternoon there was a cupcake afternoon tea at The Children's Bookshop at Beecroft (tres magnifique) and today she visited Shearer's Bookshop at Leichardt and met loads of my friends.  Jacqueline has also been busy talking to schools in the United States and England about her upcoming tour.

I was thrilled to hear that on Thursday (which was World Book Day) my first adventure was released in the United Kingdom.  It's got a really cute cover.  Jacqueline received her box of books on Friday and she was thrilled to find Alice-Miranda On Holiday as well - with another lovely cover.

Jacqueline is busy writing a new book at the moment, about a gorgeous little girl called Clementine Rose.  Clemmie is only five years old and she lives in a village called Penberthy Floss, which is quite nearby to my home at Highton Hall.  Clementine lives with her mother Lady Clarissa and their butler Mr Digby Pertwhistle.  I haven't met her in person yet but I hope to very soon.  Clementine has the most divine pet tea cup pig called Lavender.  I wish I had a pet pig too - although I don't think Bonaparte would be very pleased about that - he likes to have me all to himself.

Anyway, Jacqueline has posted the UK book covers here and also the Clementine Rose cover for the first book, Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor.  It will be out in September this year.

Have a wonderful week and I will have lots more news next weekend.

Loads of love,
Alice-Miranda xxx

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