Jacqueline Harvey: Alice-Miranda series (Penguin Books Australia)
We all know the protagonists who get into trouble with their every move throughout their history. Alice-Miranda is not like that. She is a phenomenal seven-year-old girl who enrolls herself in a boarding school called the Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies to conquer everyone there with her kindness. Very cute book. For younger ones (and bigger ones also) it promises perfect relaxation. The 20th volume will be published this year.
Australian author Jacqueline Harvey used to teach at a boarding school for many years but has had a passion for storytelling since she was a child. She is the author of several successful middle grade series: in addition to Alice-Miranda, she also wrote the popular Clementine Rose series. More than a million copies of these have been sold in Australia alone. Her books have appeared on many bestseller lists and received several awards, while her picture book The Sound of the Sea was a CBCA Honor Book.
Jacqueline has spoken to thousands of young people at schools and festivals around the world and says that the characters in her books are often based on children she has met over the years. Like her main characters Kensy and Max, she has excellent observational skills and has always thought she would make a great spy. The writer lives in Sydney and she is currently working on several Kensy and Max and Alice-Miranda adventures, as well as some exciting new projects.