November 21, 2016

Coming soon…Alice-Miranda Holds the Key and exciting events around the country

It’s one of the most exciting and challenging times –  the book is written, my wonderful editor, Catriona has woven her magic and it’s my turn to get the final touches to the structural edit of Alice-Miranda’s 15th adventure, Alice-Miranda Holds the Key.

In this adventure, Alice-Miranda has returned home in term time after a frightening accident. Thankfully, she is on hand to help her parents get to the bottom of a crisis which threatens the family business and reputation. Poisons, intrigue, some new friends, a fabulous garden party and a surprising conclusion make the holidays very ‘Alice-Miranda’. 

I am thrilled to announce that there will be launches around Australia for Alice-Miranda holds the Key in January 2017 – yes that means if you attend one of the launch events you will get your book at least a week or maybe even two, earlier than they will be available in the shops. Keep an eye on the Events tab of the website, where we will post all the amazing details, as soon as they are confirmed.

In the meantime here’s a reveal of the beautiful cover.






I can’t wait to read the next Alice Miranda book!!!

November 22, 2016 at 3:52 am

Alice-Miranda Lover


So beautiful! I can’t wait till February to get in Whitcoulls (my local book/toy shop).

November 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Thank you! I am so thrilled that you love the cover as much as I do – it’s seriously pretty.

    Hope I get to meet you in NZ one of these days 🙂

    Best wishes,

    November 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm



I can wait to read this book!

November 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm



I am so excited to read it!
I love the front cover!
I know the book will be amazing!!

November 22, 2016 at 8:56 pm



I am so excited to read it!
I love the front cover!
I know the book will be amazing!!
Will you be holding a launch for it? And where? Do you know yet??

November 22, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Matilda,

    Yes there will be a big launch – in fact lots of launches around Australia. We are hosting garden parties – details will be announced soon but they will be in the days before you go back to school.

    Hope to see you somewhere!

    Best wishes,

    November 24, 2016 at 2:10 pm



Oh my goodness! I can’t wait until this book comes out. Thank-you for writing books that are so fun!!!
Love from,
Chelsea xxx

November 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm



The new book sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to read it! The cover is so pretty!

November 23, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Thanks Emma – I agree the cover is beautiful! We are just in the last stages of editing now.

    Best wishes,

    November 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm



oh my goodness I just realized I have read 12 out of the 14 books available in 3 months! I just finished alice miranda in the alps the other night

November 23, 2016 at 6:31 pm



Is this the last book in the series or does that mean that the new series will continue on from its previous series or will it be completely different

November 23, 2016 at 8:35 pm



So glad not your last book are you coming to Albury again and for your launch. Love your Books.

November 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm



Hi Jacqueline,

I can’t wait to read Alice Miranda Holds the Key!
Just wondering if any of AM’s school friends will be in it since she’s at home.
Also will Lawrence and Charlotte be in it and if so will Lawrence still be fat.
By the way is there any previews for it. I’d really like to read the start of it!

Thanks, Matilda

November 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm

Zara Hamilton


Hi Jaquline,

I have recently finished the Alice-Miranda seris and i am now reading the clemintine rose books. They are very good but i still am in love with Alice-Miranda! I cant wait for the knew book to come out and im super excited to read it. These books are full of excitment and fun and i absolutely love them.

November 29, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Zara,

    So glad that you have enjoyed reading about Alice-Miranda’s adventures-I hope you enjoy Clemmie, too!

    Did you know that we are doing a series of launches for Alice-Miranda Holds the Key in January 2017? Keep an eye on the website for all the details.

    Best wishes,


    December 1, 2016 at 10:19 am



I can not wait!
The cover is so cute!!!

November 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm



I loooooooooooooooooooooooooove that cover

December 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm



I’m so happy this isn’t your last book because I enjoy them. I’m excited about the new series. Please Reply

December 4, 2016 at 8:55 am



Hi Jacqueline,
I can’t wait to read the new book. I am sure it will be amazing. For the book will Millicent and Alice Miranda’s friends come over to her house. By the way the front cover is so pretty. Your illustrator is surely talented!

December 5, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Anshika,

    I agree – my illustrator is amazing! Yes Alice-Miranda will have some friends around during the holidays but not all are expected :).

    Best wishes,

    December 10, 2016 at 9:45 pm



I’ve been reading the Alice-Miranda series ever since they first came out when I was in year 5. Now I’m in year 11 and I’m not ashamed to say that I still love the series. They just transport me back to my childhood 🙂

December 5, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Jessica,

    Thank you! Your comment made my week :). I love that Alice-Miranda has continued to be read into your teens. Hope you enjoy the new book when it comes out.

    Best wishes,

    December 10, 2016 at 9:44 pm



      I agree,
      My mum thinks I want like the series soon.
      But I’m 10 now so if I still like then I think I’ll continue liking them.

      January 16, 2017 at 10:59 am

        Jacqueline Harvey


        Hi Halle,

        Yesterday at the Sydney garden party I had fans there who were 27, 17 and 14 so you’re not the oldest by a long way. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with reading something you love right into your teens!

        Hope you continue to enjoy the stories.

        Best wishes,

        January 22, 2017 at 7:55 pm



    Well I started in year 5 and I’m going into year seven so you have been reading them for longer then me they are amazing aren’t they

    December 30, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Sarah Johnston


I have some suggestions for some other books.
-Alice-Miranda in Australia where she visits the land down under,
-Alice-Miranda in Egypt where she discovers things about ancient Egypt
-Alice-Miranda in Italy and it could be involved with food.

Be the way I love the cover of the new book and I am really excited to read it.
Thanks Sarah

December 8, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Sarah,

    They are all fabulous ideas! I think there will be many Alice-Miranda adventures to come. Glad you like the new cover – there are lots of twists and turns in the new book.

    Best wishes,

    December 10, 2016 at 9:40 pm



Can’t wait to read this book – looks lovely!

December 10, 2016 at 11:21 am



I’m really looking forward to reading your new book!!!
Sometimes I just can’t put your books down!!!!

December 19, 2016 at 2:56 am



Does anyone know where Winchester-Downsvale Academy for Proper Girls is based on?
It is just on my mind and it bugs me

December 30, 2016 at 12:23 pm



    Also You should make a book about Australian called Alice-Miranda goes down under. Where she learns a lot about Australian food, land marks & History.

    December 30, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Jacqueline Harvey


      Yes I’ve been thinking about that for a long time – trouble is I’ve never really said where Alice-Miranda lives…

      January 8, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Holly,

    It’s a mesh of lots of schools really but I started my career working in a school in the Southern Highlands and so I suppose the idea was first based on that but then became a composite of many schools.

    Best wishes,

    January 8, 2017 at 7:08 am



Even though I have only just finished number 7(alice-miranda in Paris) I am soooooooo excited:- 🙂

January 2, 2017 at 11:01 am

Margaret Garcia Vieyra


Myself and my daughter were so excited to hear about the book launch and garden party in Leichhardt as she is a huge fan of your Alice Miranda books. Unfortunately we just found out about it today and when I tried to book a place we discovered it is already sold out! Are there any other book launch events in Sydney that we could attend please?

January 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Dear Margaret,

    Please register Camila on the waitlist and I will be speaking to my publicist this week to see how big that list is and if we can open up any more spaces. At this stage it’s my only Sydney launch event for the book so I will do my best to see if we can increase the numbers.

    Best wishes,

    January 8, 2017 at 6:59 am



I really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really Like to go the Alice Miranda holds the key garden party but unfortunately I can’t go because the tickets are sold out please reply to this comment if you are experiencing the same thing as me

January 4, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Dear Camila,

    Please get your mum to register you on the waitlist as I hope there could be some more spots opening up.

    Best wishes,

    January 8, 2017 at 6:58 am



Hi Jacqueline,
I love the cover of Alice Miranda holds the key.

January 11, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    It’s so pretty and the back cover with the garden is absolutely gorgeous. I’ll have to get some lovely dresses to wear for the garden parties so I match!

    Best wishes,

    January 13, 2017 at 8:26 am



Hi Jacqueline,
You are my idol!! I’ve read all the Alice Miranda books except for Alice Miranda Holds the Key. It looks so exciting and I can’t wait to read it!
Thanks, Tilly

February 28, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Piya Rathi


Dear Jaqueline,
I can’t wait for Alice-Miranda Holds The Key to come out! I have so many questions and comments, some of them being…
When will you announce the winner of the character competion? How is your writing that good!? Why did you start Alice Miranda? What gave you the inspiration to start writing? Can you give me advice on writing? Just answering those 5 questions will make me the happiest girl in the world.

May 21, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Piya,

    Alice-Miranda Holds the Key was released on 1 April- but, I’m wondering whether you mean, Alice-Miranda in Hollywood, as that is where the name of the CHILD magazine competition winner will appear. Alice-Miranda in Hollywood is due for release in September 2017. The competition winner was announced in the magazine and also in a blog post on my website in April.

    Thank you for your fantastic questions- could I suggest that, if you have not already done so, you quickly subscribe to my Newsletter and enter the Competition this month. The competition is about you asking questions about the stories, about writing, about me. You could be in the running to win an Alice-Miranda or Clementine Rose book of your choice! Obviously, I will answer the winning and many other questions, too :).

    There is also a link to a vlog (a video blog) that I put together answering some readers questions.

    Feel free to check out my website (previous blog posts and information on writing tips) and, if you don’t win the competition, why not post your questions again?

    Best wishes and good luck in the competition,


    May 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm



Hi Jacqueline,
I just finished reading Alice-Miranda Holds The Key and have enjoyed it so much. I think it has some very important morels such as, don’t hold back to tell people who care about you how you really feel. I love the way you really bring your readers into the story and I think you should write more inspiring books. Also, I would like to know some of your tips for young writers and ideas for things to put in our stories.

Hope you’ve had a excellent day, Thank you, and please continue to write these wonderful books.

August 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Nancy,

    I’m glad that you enjoyed Alice-Miranda Holds the Key and appreciate your thoughtful comments. I am humbled that readers are so invested and involved in the stories.

    There are lots of writing tips on my website at but, my top tips are:

    1) Read, read and read some more.
    2) Write the kind of stories that you, yourself would enjoy reading.
    3) Be observant and make sure that you have a notebook and you take it with you wherever you go. I now use the notes pages on my phone or iPad quite a bit because when you see something interesting/funny/eye catching, you need to write it down or you will forget
    4) Practice short exercises – write a description or develop a character and drop them into an unusual situation and see how they handle it.
    5) Fall in love with your characters – I feel like mine are real a lot of the time.
    6) Plan your stories – plan the big ideas and know pretty much how it will end before you start. I don’t know all the details but I have a guide so I know where I’m heading.
    7) Try to set yourself goals – enter a competition or write a 500 word story – look for reputable competitions via websites like Dee White’s Dee Scribe, via the NSW Writers’ Centre or the Children’s Book Council. Depending where you live often the councils have competitions in conjunction with the local libraries.
    8) Most of all have fun with it!

    Best wishes,


    August 10, 2017 at 12:38 pm

annie li


It’s sooooooooooooo good

February 27, 2018 at 3:57 pm

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