April 28, 2015

Amazing authors from St Hilda’s Bushey, Hertfordshire, England

Hello Everyone,

I love encouraging children to write their own stories and today I’m thrilled to post some fantastic work from two talented young students at St Hilda’s School which is in a gorgeous little village just north of London. I visited St Hilda’s in January (for my Aussie and New Zealand readers, the English students only have a couple of weeks holiday over Christmas as it’s the middle of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere) hence while you’re all soaking up the sun and hitting the beach, they’re shivering in the cold! Anyway, I think cold weather is perfect for writing and after my visit to St Hilda’s, the school conducted a competition where the students wrote their own Clementine Rose or Alice-Miranda themed stories. I promised that I would post the winning entries on the blog (and I do apologise that it has taken me such a long time – I have been snowed under working on two books). But finally, here they are. Congratulations to Arianna Winward in Year 3 and Saba Hashemian in F6. Well done girls – it’s wonderful that you have written your own adventures with such elaborate descriptions.  Poor Clemmie with that nasty bully and Alice-Miranda and the ghost – I can’t imagine what’s about to happen next!

I’m looking forward to visiting England again later in the year and it will be lovely to see Arianna and Saba and congratulate them in person.

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 Clementine – Rose Takes The Stage

By Arianna Winward Year 3

One sunny morning, Clementine awoke with a start and said to herself “Monday is the very last day and I might get the lead part in the play.”  Clementine opened the long thin golden curtains so she did not have to switch on the lights to see her friend Poppy.  Poppy had ginger hair tied into two plaits and had eyes as blue as the sea.  Her voice was nice and clear and with her uniform as well, she looked stunning!  Clementine was in Junior School and she looked down on the younger ones as if they were babies.  Clemmie quickly put on her uniform so she was wearing exactly the same clothes as Poppy and hand in hand both of the children went to their classroom.

When Clementine was in kindergarten there was a bad boy called Angus sitting next to her and joked that she had a pet pig to everyone (she actually did have a pig called Lavender but eventually learned to go to school without her).  This time her bully was called Katie and she had a gang with her as well.  They went to the classroom and straight away their teacher said, “Go to the drama room right now please!”  Clemmie was puzzled and so was Poppy but they went anyway.  When they got there, the drama teacher, Mrs Simpson, said that our play is going to be called Cinderella and everyone gasped in amazement.  Katie let out a squeal of delight and said, “Please oh please can I have the beautiful Cinderella’s part?!” in her loudest voice ever.  However, actually she chose Clementine for the part and she was as joyful as a jester from then on!  Everyone got on with Cinderella’s dress and the other clothes.  When all of that was going on Katie complained and complained to Mrs Simpson.  Mrs Simpson was starting to get a little bit annoyed with her.  In the end Katie got so jealous with Clementine she stomped in front of her and said in a very very loud voice, “YOU HORRIBLE LITTLE BEAST,” and tripped Clemmie up so her knee bled so much that it did not stop even when they put a plaster on.  So she had to go in an ambulance to the hospital!  Katie laughed like a horrid witch but to her great disappointment Clemmie came back in time for the show and everybody was astonished, because they thought she would never come back.  “Clemieeeeee, you came back just in time for the show!” shouted Poppy.  “I missed you as well”, added Poppy.  The show went well, Clementine’s and Poppy’s parents came to watch and they were amazed!


Alice-Miranda and the Ghost

By Saba Hashemian F6

Gazing out of her classroom window, Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones had just started her second term at Winchester-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies.  Alice-Miranda watched the rain pelt down as the frost-glittered leaves were whipped up by the biting wind that howled as if in agony.  Even her freckles seemed to shrivel at the sight and her rosy cheeks were now as pale as a ghost.  Black silhouettes of skeleton trees stood out sharply against the winter sky, like intricate black lace as Alice-Miranda watched the dying light of the sun become extinguished by the black threat of an oncoming storm.  Impenetrable darkness rolled down the street like a never-ending blanket but Alice-Miranda was one of those girls who always looked on the bright side and instead of being scared admired the headlights of cars winking at her, the buses that slowly dwindled away into the distance and the lamp-posts that flickered like candles.

Her teacher, Mrs Cassy Belvedor was a cascade of enthusiastic hands and gestures, as she always was when she found interest in something.  Sweeping past in a torrent of passion, Alice-Miranda smelt her cheap perfume every time.  “Legend has it that in this very school in the attic, a ghost haunts the very passages, known as Lady Ashcroft,” explained Mrs Belvedor, spitting with enthusiasm and immersed with interest.  Alice-Miranda’s eyes lit up with intrigue and curiosity.  Thoughts whirred in her head. That’s it…she would do it that night.  She had made up her mind, she would search for the ghost in the attic!  Surely it wasn’t true, or was it?  How could anything go wrong? These were the thoughts that overwhelmed her mind.  This was the inquisitive Alice-Miranda after all… What harm could it cause?

The school attic had always been abandoned and was out of bounds as strange happenings and sightings had gone on there over the years.  Alice-Miranda was the loveliest, most polite girl, but she felt like she couldn’t resist the temptation of searching for the ghost, like a mysterious force was urging her to do it.  She gulped and swallowed hard.  Without thinking, she crept up the winding banister towards the attic.  Cobwebs lingered and had lived in corners for years, as Alice-Miranda gazed at the attic eaves, like watching black eyes which made her feel like she was about to step wide awake into one of her novels.  Suddenly, an eerie silence haunted and walked the corridors, gripping her with fear.  It was cold.  It was dark.  She was alone.  The floorboards creaked like an old lady’s bones at midnight as she stood in the corridor trembling, feeling like she was being swallowed up by the impenetrable darkness.  An icy hand clutched her heart as an unwelcoming shiver rolled down her spine.

Hardly daring to breathe, Alice-Miranda quivered down the hallway, each footstep sounding explosive as there was a sudden change in the air.  She watched her life flash before her eyes and thoughts that she had come to the end seized her body…this was the thought which haunted her the most.  Suddenly, a door swung open and a blast of air rushed through the doorway. Standing like a paralysed statue in the moonlit doorway, a blood-curdling scream pierced the air… had she really come to the end of her journey?






Can you please make another Alice-Miranda book after Alice-Miranda visits the palace? I don’t want the fun to stop! I LOVE Alice-Miranda books!

May 1, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Dear Victoria,

    I’ve just finished the draft for Alice-Miranda In the Alps – it will be out on the 1st September and I’m starting a new Alice-Miranda book next week 🙂

    Best wishes,

    May 2, 2015 at 9:46 am



      Seriously? wow. You work too hard.

      May 3, 2015 at 3:02 pm

        Jacqueline Harvey


        Thankyou! I suppose I have the philosophy that ‘life is what you make it’ – and I don’t want to waste any opportunities that I’m given.

        Best wishes,

        May 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm



          Who is the illustrater of the books?
          Love from Ivy

          May 9, 2015 at 2:57 pm

          Jacqueline Harvey


          Hi Ivy,

          My illustrator is a very clever woman called Anne Yi – she’s amazing!

          Best wishes,

          May 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Ivy Trieu


      Hi I would like to be an author when I grow up. I was just wondering if you could give me some advice for how to become an author .
      Your books are the best from Ivy

      May 9, 2015 at 2:48 pm

        Jacqueline Harvey


        Hi Ivy,

        It’s really important to practice your writing a lot. I also practiced telling stories a lot when I was a child (and I still do as an adult). I think being a good story teller has helped me to be a better writer. I would also recommend that you read loads and write down things that you like about books – even just a random sentence or description. I run lots of courses for students who are keen to be writers in various school holidays so if you happen to live in NSW near the North Shore of Sydney I will be running a course at Abbotsleigh in the next school holidays. If you can’t get there then look for other writing courses – they are a great way to hone your skills.

        All the best with your endeavours.


        May 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Alice-Miranda in the Alps is written and being edited at the moment. It will be out 1 September in Australia. I’m about to start working on the next book.

    Best wishes,

    PS I don’t want the fun to stop either! I love the characters and stories.

    May 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm



I wish you could come to our school! It’s also in Hertfordshire! My friend goes to St Hilda’s.

May 2, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Janet,

    I would love to visit your school – where do you go? I am currently planning another trip to England and can see if I can speak with your Head of School.

    Best wishes,

    May 2, 2015 at 9:45 am



      Do you ever visit Central Coast, Nsw, Australia schools?

      May 3, 2015 at 3:03 pm

        Jacqueline Harvey


        I do! I’m not sure if I have any events coming up soon but I will make sure that they go on the events page if I do. Hope to meet you somewhere soon.

        Best wishes,

        May 7, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Alisha Harwood


Hi there! It would be awesome if you could do an event in Melbourne!! I don’t know if you remember me but I met you last year 🙂 You signed me a book and I was thrilled, I also sent an e-mail through the (contacts tab), it would make my day if you could read it..

x Alisha

May 2, 2015 at 11:57 am



I love your books! Those girls are very talented and I love the description they use. Where is Alice Miranda set? Like Australia, America, Melbourne. Etc.
Thx! From your #1 fan Jemma

May 2, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Dear Jemma,

    I’ve never revealed if Alice-Miranda is set in England or Australia as I like the idea of readers making up their own minds. I take a lot of inspiration from places that I visit – so that’s why Alice-Miranda travels so much. Thanks for writing – I hope you get to enjoy the new book, Alice-Miranda in the Alps when it comes out in September.

    Best wishes,

    May 7, 2015 at 12:08 pm



Yer do you ever come to Central Coast, NSW, Australia schools????^^^

I have read Clementine Rose books up to 5 and Alice-Miranda books up to 11. And I love both of them.

Thankyou Emily.<3

May 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm



Hi, for our school open day we have to ask someone what book inspired them to do their job and be successful. Do you have any book that inspired you?

May 5, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Tia,

    I was very inspired by a writer called Colin Thiele when I was a girl. I loved his descriptions and stories of places in Australia that although I had never visited, felt like I had through his books. I also loved Enid Blyton and the idea of children having lots of freedom and adventures. My favourite book when I was young was Heidi by Johanna Spyri – I adored the idea of the Swiss Alps and remember when I first visited Switzerland I felt as if I was right back in that book. I’ve just written my own Swiss adventure with Alice-Miranda in the Alps (which is set in St Moritz and Zermatt in Switzerland).

    All the best with your project.

    Jacqueline Harvey

    May 7, 2015 at 12:12 pm



Hi Ms Harvey,

What is your 13th Alice-Miranda book going to be called? I can’t wait to the twelfth and tenth Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose books come out!

Happy writing!


May 5, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Jasmine,

    I’ve just been thinking about the title for Book 13. I’m still not sure though – I know what it’s going to be about and the general storyline but the title is still not right. I will post it as soon as I know. I’m glad you’re looking forward to the next books.

    Best wishes,

    May 7, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Lily Morrison


Dear Jacqueline Harvey,
I can’t believe how many books you have written! You are a very talented writer
I was really really happy when i got Alice Miranda for my birthday I amreally happy that you finished number 11 and i saw all of your videos on YouTube and I love clementine rose and Alice Miranda
From lily

May 8, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Lily,

    Thankyou – you’re very sweet. I’m glad you are enjoying the books. I’m enjoying writing them and will be starting Alice-Miranda 12 very soon and Clementine 11.

    Have a great weekend.

    Best wishes,

    May 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm



hi jacqueline
do you do trips to tasmanian schools i go to a small country down south and love your books

happy writing,
erin =)

May 10, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Dear Erin,

    I am really hoping that we’re coming to Tasmania later in the year – it’s certainly on my wish list of places. I will load any information on a Tassie tour on my website and blog. Fingers crossed.

    Best wishes,

    May 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm



hi, i was wondering if you could name a character in your story ariane, my middle name coz it is a good name and i like it

May 10, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Louise,

    That is a very pretty name – and you never know. I’m always on the hunt for good names!

    Best wishes,

    May 11, 2015 at 8:34 am



Did any book inspire you to be a good writer?

May 10, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Ariana,

    I have been inspired by lots of books. I loved reading when I was a girl (and still do). My favourite book was Heidi by Johanna Spyri but I also loved Enid Blyton and Black Beauty and anything by Colin Thiele, an Australian author. As a young teacher I adored reading Roald Dahl to my classes too.

    My advice is to read widely and make note of books or paragraphs or even sentences that you like – soak in the language.

    All the best with your writing.

    Jacqueline Harvey

    May 11, 2015 at 8:34 am



Hi Ms Harvey!
I absolutely positively love your books. Alice Miranda is such an optimistic girl and Clementine Rose is lovely!
I aspire to be like them one day.
Please keep writing Alice Miranda and Clementine Rose books, they are awesome!!
Thankyou so much

May 30, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Anjali,

    Thanks for your kind words. I’m sure that you can be just like Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose right now – why wait! You sound like a very sweet girl yourself 🙂

    Best wishes,

    June 5, 2015 at 10:11 am



Hi Jaquline,
I love Alice Miranda books and do you know a website that they sell Alice Miranda outfits

From Emily

August 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Emily,

    I get asked that quite a bit – I’m afraid there are no websites that sell AM clothes but perhaps I should think about starting something. You can put together quite a few of the outfits pretty easily with your own clothes or maybe take a trip to the op shop to see if you can find anything that works.

    Good luck.

    Best wishes,

    August 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm



hey jaqueline,
can we be friends. if yes my email is chelsea.prassinas1@education.nsw.gov.au. I am the biggest fan ive read all you books. hope you make heaps more. from Chelsea. email me pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaase. thanks bye now.

September 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Chelsea,

    Thanks for writing. You can write to me at jacqueline@jacquelineharvey.com.au The contact details are on my website. I’m so pleased that you’re enjoying the books. I’m writing lots more and will have Alice-Miranda to the Rescue out in February next year.

    Best wishes,

    September 17, 2015 at 9:10 am



I hope I get to be a great author like you when I grow up! I love Alice-Miranda and I thought that Alice-Miranda in the Alps was so great I’m reading it again!

Hope you reply!


November 21, 2015 at 11:21 am

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