Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Alice-Miranda On Holiday by Jacqueline Harvey (Children's, 7 years +, 9/10)

August 2012, Red Fox
298 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: life for a well loved rich girl, fun aunts & grannies, mysterious goings on, a sullen boy, being ill on holiday can be fun, strength of friendship, secrets in a laboratory, kidnap, occasional moderate peril, lots of laughs

Summary from Random House Children's Publishers

Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones has survived her first term at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale. And now Jacinta Headlington-Bear, the school's second best tantrum thrower, is joining Alice-Miranda's family for term break. Who would have thought it!

The two girls are looking forward to a relaxing holiday at Highton Hall. But a cranky boy is causing mischief on the estate, a movie star has come to visit, and a stranger is snooping about. Add a naughty pony, a hint of romance and a dastardly scheme, and Jacinta and Alice-Miranda might have a more exciting holiday than they were expecting.

Nayuleska's thoughts

Although it took me a very long time before I got all the characters straight this was a thrilling read. I enjoyed Alice-Miranda's family because they lover her so much - often in books families don't love the main character. She is delightful, very inquisitive which is a good thing by the end. It was fun to learn more about her friends, who each help Alice-Miranda when Things Happen. I'm quite sure there will be more books in the series like this 9/10 read.

To find out more about Jacqueline and her books check out Alice-Miranda's blog.

Suggested read

For holiday adventure with a family who doesn't like the heroine (the mother is truly ghastly) check out Polly Price's Totally Secret Diary: Mum in Love by Dee Shannon

1 comment:

Beth Overmyer said...

Sounds like a fun read. Can't wait 'til my niece is old enough to read things like this to!