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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 17, 2013

Tres Chic; Alice-Miranda In Paris Launch!

Bonjour Friends,

Yesterday was so exciting.  I was joined by lots of girls to launch Alice-Miranda In Paris in the space above Shearer's Bookshop at Leichhardt.  It was fantastic to see so many of you there and looking gorgeous too.  We started off with a quiz to see who knew the most about the books.  In the end it was a three way tie and my best grown up friend, Jacqueline Harvey said that she thought everyone was going to win for a while.  We had yummy food; pain au chocolat; macaroons, baguettes with ham and cheese, croissants, cream puffs, tarts and chocolate eclairs.  There was a runway parade with girls stepping out in three categories; Alice-Miranda lookalikes, French Chic and other characters from the stories.  It was very sweet that there was only one girl dressed as another character and that was Millie.  She looked just like her too.  Jacqueline's publisher, Chris Kunz then launched the book and we met Anne Yi, the amazing illustrator who draws all the pictures for the stories and for Clementine Rose too.  She is so clever and the sweetest person.

The team at Random House did a fantastic job pulling the event together and Mr and Mrs Horgan from Shearer's were wonderful too.

I had a great day and now I'm getting very excited about going to meet lots of friends in Melbourne next week.  You can check on Jacqueline Harvey's calendar to see if I'm coming to a library or bookshop near you.

Here are some more photos from the launch.  Hope you enjoy them.

Lots of love and au revoir,

Alice-Miranda xxx

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