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ALICE-MIRANDA AT SCHOOL
By: Jacqueline Harvey
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Pub. Date: March 2012 in US
Formats: HC, PB & Electronic
Genre: MG Adventure
Age Group: MG +
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Review: Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith Kennington-Jones may be quite a mouthful, but don’t let this pretentious name fool you because she’s anything but! At seven and three-quarters, Alice-Miranda is precocious and spirited and after reading her first adventure, ALICE-MIRANDA AT SCHOOL by Jacqueline Harvey, I want to carry her in my pocket for good cheer!
The little tyke is so excited about attending Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, which has been a family tradition, that she enrolls a year early. Much to her beloved parents surprise, of course. But knowing Alice-Miranda and her desire to learn and make friends, they send her on her merry way with a skip in her step through the doors of the school. They tell her that if she needs anything or if she ends up having a terrible time, she can come home.
Alice-Miranda is not to be deterred in her mission to attend the school and quickly investigates the school campus and grounds. She meets Miss Higgins, the school secretary, Charlie, the gardener and Cook, who makes the most delicious brownies. But Alice-Miranda notices something right off the bat…they all seem sad. She’s extremely curious and wants to make everyone happy, including the headmistress, Miss Grimm, who just like her name wants nothing to do with any of the girls at school, especially, spunky Alice-Miranda. Yet underneath her rude and sharp behavior, Miss Grimm is a lonely woman who hides away her study from the world because of her past. But Alice-Miranda doesn’t let that stop her from discovering the truth about Miss Grimm. She also makes friends with her fellow classmates, including Millie who has just as long of last name. She also makes an enemy of the school mean girl, Alethea who’s bossy, spoiled and downright dreadful! Through it all, Alice-Miranda finds a way to make things right and do the right thing.
She loves school, learning about new things, and meeting new people, including bringing joy and smiles to everyone at school as well as the reader. Author Jacqueline Harvey drew on her experiences working at an all-girls school which gave her the inspiration for her book series. If you are lucky enough to live in Australia where Harvey and Alice-Miranda lives, there are several Alice-Miranda books available. In the US and UK only ALICE-MIRANDA is on bookshelves. Drats! However, on April 13th, ALICE-MIRANDA ON VACATION (or on Holiday, if you are in the UK or Australia) will be released.
ALICE-MIRANDA AT SCHOOL is just as charming, delightful and funny as its protagonist. The novel is filled with a few side plots that kept me turning the pages into the wee hours of the night and brought a tear to my eye at book’s end. As Millie says, three cheers for Alice-Miranda: Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray!
I’m giving ALICE-MIRANDA AT SCHOOL 5 “Middle Grade Book Fans” for being infectiously darling!
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