Alice-Miranda in the Alps

Alice-Miranda in the Alps is written Jacqueline Harvey and illustrated by J.Yi.

It is book number 12 from the ALICE-MIRANDA Series.

The book focuses on Alice-Miranda and her friends having new experiences, learning, having fun, and facing challenges to be sorted out along the way.

Alice-Miranda, her friends and family members are staying in the Swiss Alps at the Fanger’s Palace to ski, snowboard, sightsee and experience the unique mountain pony racing event which her parents are sponsoring. The owners of the Fanger’s Palace Hotel of St Moritz are Delphine Doerflinger and Otto Fanger, an interesting pair with some intriguing dealings.

Alice-Miranda catches a glimpse of Baron von Zwicky, a close family friend and the owner of the Grand Hotel von Zwicky from the lovely Zermatt village. Her parents had been trying to contact him for a few months so they could stay at his picturesque hotel. But they find out that things are not going well at his hotel and they are willing to help him to put things right.

As expected, there are some accidents along the way, some mysterious and unexplained happenings, some shady characters upsetting the smooth run of life and even some people being kidnapped. Alice-Miranda deals with everything in a bright and optimistic manner with the help of her friends.

As usually with the books from Alice-Miranda series, I learned some new things and got to read more about some topics I didn’t know much about. For example, while reading Alice-Miranda in the Alps, I went and read more about the ice tobogganing on Cresta Run here and here.

I also found out more about the Glacier Express and saw some interesting pictures here.

Alice-Miranda’s adventures also reminded me of my own ski and snowboarding adventures in the Snowy Mountains in the Australian Alps earlier this year.

Jaqueline Harvey’s writing in captivating, interesting, witty, bright and fun. It keeps you with the book open until you’ve finished it and found out the solution to the crisis. Then you will come back for more: you can either read the book again or you can choose another one from the series. I can tell you I’m looking forward to Alice-Miranda to the Rescue being published soon.

I thoroughly recommend Alice-Miranda in the Alps because it is a great adventure and an interesting chapter in the ALICE-MIRANDA Series.

The Big Book Day Out – September 2015

Sunday, 13th of September I went to The Big Book Day Out event held at Garry Owen House (The NSW Writers’ Centre) in Rozelle.

There I saw some of my favourite authors, illustrators and participated in fun activities: book binding workshop, colouring in. I also enjoyed seeing some great books being launched, speaking to some of these awesome artists and nibbling on a tasty egg-and-bacon roll whilst listening to the tunes of Rozelle Public School Band.

The morning started with Jacqueline Harvey launching Alice-Miranda in the Alps book number 12 in the Alice Miranda series. She also read a fragment from Alice Miranda in the Alps and Clementine Rose and The Birthday Emergency.

Then I discovered the beautiful work of the talented illustrator Aura Parker. I also took a peek at her current project.

The lovely Margret from Ralph Lewis Bindery showed us three different ways to bind books. It was hard at the start, but we got the hang of it and enjoyed the experience.

I also got to talk to the lovely Belinda Murrell whose LULU BELL series I reviewed recently. It was great to meet her lovely sister, Kate Forsyth, also a very popular writer whose books I’m planning to start reading soon.

And I couldn’t leave without having a peek at Jess Black’s gorgeous crystals. She has just launched Eve and the Mermaid’s Tears, the third book in the KEEPER OF THE CRYSTALS series. And along with the book I received this surprise bag with beads inside to put together my own crystal necklace.

It was a lovely experience that I will remember for a long time.

The ALICE-MIRANDA series

The Alice-Miranda series is written by Australian writer Jacqueline Harvey and illustrated by J.Yi.

The books in this series present the exciting adventures of the sweet Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones after she goes to the boarding school at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies. Alice-Miranda, her family and friends have great experiences, make new friends, learn and have fun.

Alice-Miranda’s adventures have the following titles:

  • Alice-Miranda at School
  • Alice-Miranda on Holiday
  • Alice-Miranda Takes the Lead
  • Alice-Miranda at Sea
  • Alice-Miranda in New York
  • Alice-Miranda Shows the Way
  • Alice-Miranda in Paris
  • Alice-Miranda Shines Bright
  • Alice-Miranda in Japan
  • Alice-Miranda at Camp
  • Alice-Miranda at the Alps
  • Alice-Miranda to the Rescue
  • Alice-Miranda in China
  • Alice-Miranda Holds the Key
  • Alice-Miranda in Hollywood
  • Alice-Miranda in Scotland

 

Each of these books present one of Alice-Miranda’s exciting adventures and we get to know more about her friends, her school life and her family.

It all starts with a 7 year-old Alice-Miranda starting at the big school and the challenges she needs to conquer along the way, the amazing places she visits, the people she meets and the friends she makes.

We as readers are introduced to Alice-Miranda’s new world, with various characters, different troubles and exciting adventures. Alice-Miranda is a very bright and resourceful girl, with lots of ideas and a taste for fixing broken situations. She manages to save the day no matter where in the world she goes!

The characters are complex, interesting and inspiring. We get to feel with them, live their troubles and joys, and will look forward to their adventures and how they change along the way.

Jacqueline Harvey’s writing is crisp, captivating, interesting, witty, and fun. It is refreshing and inviting you to pick up the next book in the series and see what happens next.

I thoroughly recommend this series because it is a great big adventure and follows the life of Alice-Miranda in various situations and places. You can start reading her adventures from book 1. Or you can pick any book in the series and you will still understand its action, the characters and the story. Jacqueline Harvey is careful to make it possible no matter where you join Alice-Miranda’s adventures.

If you like the ALICE-MIRANDA series, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the CLEMENTINE ROSE series – you can read the review here.

Other amazing adventures to check out are the ones in the LULU BELL series, by Australian writer Belinda Murrell – you can read the review here. Also have a look at the UNICORN RIDERS by Aleesha Darlison, another talented Australian writer.

I also enjoyed reading the SECRET SEVEN by the late English writer Enid Blyton. If you like magical stories, you’ll love Blyton’s THE ENCHANTED WOOD, THE MAGICAL FARAWAY TREE, THE FOLK OF THE FARAWAY TREE, THE ADVENTURES OF THE WISHING CHAIR and her collection of BEDTIME STORIES FOR CHILDREN.

The LULU BELL series

The Lulu Bell series is written by Australian writer Belinda Murrell and illustrated by Serena Geddes.

The books in the series focus on the clever Lulu Bell, her family and friends having great new experiences, making new friends, learning, and having fun.

The books in this series have the following titles:

  • Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn
  • Lulu Bell and the Fairy Penguin
  • Lulu Bell and the Cubby Fort
  • Lulu Bell and the Moon Dragon
  • Lulu Bell and the Circus Pup
  • Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle
  • Lulu Bell and the Tiger Cub
  • Lulu Bell and the Pyjama Party
  • Lulu Bell and the Christmas Elf
  • Lulu Bell and the Koala Joey
  • Lulu Bell and the Arabian Nights
  • Lulu Bell and the Pirate Fun
  • Lulu Bell and the Magic Garden

Each one of these books presents one of Lulu’s exciting adventures and across the series we get to know more about her family and friends.

Lulu is a happy 9 year-old whose father is vet. She has two younger siblings: Rosie, a 5 year-old and Gus, a 3 year-old, and a very close friend, Molly. They love animals and they have lots of exciting adventures and fun. Most of the times, they are involved in helping or rescuing a pet, a stray animal or wild life and saving the day.

We as readers are introduced to Lulu Bell’s world, various characters, different challenges and exciting adventures. We get to live these adventures with them, to laugh with them, get sad with them and smile with them when all turns out OK.

Belinda Murrell’s writing is clear, beautiful, and supported by real-life knowledge. She actually grew up in a vet hospital, surrounded by a loving family, friends and books, and travelled in Europe and around Australia.

I thoroughly recommend this series because it brings us lots of different adventures from the life of Lulu Bell, her family and friends. You can start reading her adventures from book 1. Or you can pick any book in the series because the stories are not connected.

If you like the LULU BELL series, have a look at the wonderful CLEMENTINE ROSE series – you can read the review here and the ALICE-MIRANDA series – you can read the review here.

Other amazing adventures to check out are the ones in the UNICORN RIDERS by Aleesha Darlison, another talented Australian writer.

I also enjoyed reading the SECRET SEVEN by the late English writer Enid Blyton. If you like magical stories, you’ll enjoy Blyton’s THE ENCHANTED WOOD, THE MAGICAL FARAWAY TREE, THE FOLK OF THE FARAWAY TREE, THE ADVENTURES OF THE WISHING CHAIR and her collection of BEDTIME STORIES FOR CHILDREN.

The CLEMENTINE ROSE series

The Clementine Rose series is written by Australian writer Jacqueline Harvey and illustrated by J.Yi.

The books in the series focus on the lovely little Clementine Rose, her family and friends saving the day, having new experiences, making new friends, learning and having fun.

The adventures have the following titles:

  • Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor
  • Clementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster
  • Clementine Rose and the Perfect Present
  • Clementine Rose and the Farm Fiasco
  • Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape
  • Clementine Rose and the Treasure Box
  • Clementine Rose and the Famous Friend
  • Clementine Rose and the Ballet Break-In
  • Clementine Rose and the Movie Magic
  • Clementine Rose and the Birthday Emergency
  • Clementine Rose and the Special Promise
  • Clementine Rose and the Paris Puzzle
  • Clementine Rose and the Wedding Wobbles

Each book presents one of Clementine’s exciting adventures and we get to know more about this lovely little girl, her family and friends.

It all starts with Clementine Rose coming to Penberthy Floss as a baby in a basket of dinner rolls in the back of the village baker’s mini-van. She is welcomed by Lady Clarissa Appleby and the butler Digby Pertwhistle. She grows up in Penberthy House together with her teacup Pig, Lavander. Clementine Rose is helping her mum run the house as a hotel in order to be able to keep it and fix it, as it is a very old, heritage building. Aunt Violet, the mysterious sister of Lady Clarissa’s father, with her sphinx cat, Paraoh, arrive to Penberthy House. Everybody’s life changes because they need to learn to live together and help each other in times of need.

We as readers are introduced to Clementine’s world, the local village with various characters, different troubles and exciting adventures.

The characters are well-rounded, interesting and some of them stylish and inspiring. We fall in love with some of them, get angry with others but we get to look forward to their adventures, behaviour and outcomes.

I just loved Clementine, Lady Clarissa, Uncle Digby and Aunt Violet through the series. I loved to see how they interacted with each other, how their behaviour towards each other changed and how they learned to be more inclusive and understanding.

Jaqueline Harvey’s writing in captivating, interesting, witty, bright and fun. It keeps you coming back for more.

I thoroughly recommend this series because it is a great big adventure in a lovely village and presents interesting chapters in the life of Clementine Rose and her friends. You can start reading her adventures from book 1. Or you can pick any book in the series and you will still understand its action, the characters and the story. Jacqueline Harvey is careful to make it possible no matter where you join Clemmie’s adventures.

If you like the CLEMENTINE ROSE series, the next natural choice is the ALICE-MIRANDA series – you can read the review here.

Other amazing adventures to check out are the ones in the LULU BELL series, by Australian writer Belinda Murrell – you can read the review here. Also have a look at the UNICORN RIDERS by Aleesha Darlison, another talented Australian writer.

I also enjoyed reading the SECRET SEVEN by the late English writer Enid Blyton. If you like magical stories, you’ll enjoy Blyton’s THE ENCHANTED WOOD, THE MAGICAL FARAWAY TREE, THE FOLK OF THE FARAWAY TREE, THE ADVENTURES OF THE WISHING CHAIR and her collection of BEDTIME STORIES FOR CHILDREN.