Fab new books for you to read!

June 08, 2018

Fab new books for you to read!

I love being able to recommend books and this month I’ve compiled a list of great reads – all written by fantastic Aussie authors (and okay – I’ll admit they’re all friends of mine too!).

Olive Black Series by Alex Miles

Olive Black is a ten-year old Aussie superstar. She’s balancing backyard cricket with backstage gossip, maths tests with screen tests. 

I have to admit that as a child I had a few stars in my eyes. I was always wondering how kids got to be in television ads and thinking how much fun it would be. Unlike Olive Black, I didn’t pursue a career on screen but you can read all about her adventures in the five fabulous stories in the series. The author, Alex Miles has quite a bit of experience around television as she used to write scripts for Neighbours. Alex also has two of the most adorable little boys you’re ever likely to meet. I think George might be able to outdrive me on the golf fairway soon (and that’s really sad as he’s three!)

The first book in this fabulous series is Puppy Planet followed by Halloween Queen, The Robbery Riddle, Mammoth Mistake and The Pyramid Puzzle.

Here’s a blurb for The Pyramid Puzzle (I want to take Alice-Miranda to Egypt one day too!)

Olive jet-sets all the way to Egypt for her latest blockbuster. She’s starring as a junior archaeologist who uncovers ancient secrets – but it’s the mystery she’s digging up at school that’s truly puzzling… With the help of the naughtiest boy she knows, can Olive solve the riddle of two feuding teachers? Or will she discover that things are not always as they seem?

Champion Charlies Series by Adrian Beck

Do you love football? As in soccer? As in the World Game? Well, the Football World Cup is about to kick off in Russia in the next couple of weeks and to celebrate all things round ball Penguin Random House have released a fantastic new series called Champion Charlies, written by Adrian Beck in partnership with Football Federation Australia. There are currently two books out with another two coming in September.

With prankster teammates, a karaoke coach, dancing dads and an arch rival with an axe to grind, the Champion Charlies soon learn that achieving success is not going to be easy . . . but it sure will be fun!

You can read an excerpt here too!

Pippa’s Island Series by Belinda Murrell

If you love adventure and friendship and a tropical island setting then Belinda Murrell’s fantastic series’ Pippa’s Island is for you. She has recently released the fourth book, Camp Castaway and it sounds fantastic!

Pippa and friends are off to a tiny tropical island for school camp – but what happens when their group are split up?

The students in class 5M are heading off to school camp. Pippa has never been away on camp before, at least not to a deserted tropical island! The Sassy Sisters look forward to five blissful days together exploring Shipwreck Island’s beaches and lagoon. But when the teams get regrouped, Pippa has to learn to cooperate with Olivia and the other girls.

Mrs Marshall promised challenges and adventure, but she forgot to mention the pranks. After one too many of the boys’ tricks, the girls decide to take their revenge.

Will class 5M survive Camp Castaway?

You can read an excerpt here.

 Fearless Frederic by Felice Arena

You can read an excerpt here.





Tamara K


Thanks for the books!
Fearless Frederic sounds really interesting. I will try and find that book in the library!

June 8, 2018 at 4:44 pm



Thanks for recommending the books Jacqueline. I like the look of the Olive Black one by Alex Miles, and will look for it in the library and my local bookstore, but I have read and done the reviews for the Pippa’s Island ones. Lisa

June 8, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Lisa,

    I’d love to know what you think of the Olive Black series. Pippa’s Island is fun isn’t it.

    Hope you get to read some books this wet weekend.

    Best wishes,

    June 9, 2018 at 10:28 am




I just have a few questions…

What’s you’re email again? I tried emailing you, but it said it wasn’t correct…

I looooooooved A-M in Scotland!!!!

Also, is the tv show going to be cartoon? And what channels do you think it’ll play on?

Ok, just wanted to ask that byeeeeee

June 10, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Taylah,

    My email is jacqueline@jacquelineharvey.com.au

    I am really pleased that you enjoyed AM in Scotland. Yes the television series will be animated and it is going to be on 9GO (we’re just waiting for the last part of the funding before they can give it the green light – television is complicated!). Think positive thoughts about it.

    Best wishes,

    June 21, 2018 at 10:48 am



Hi Jacqueline
i absolutely loved Alice Miranda in Scotland, but i was confused at one point. On page 360 it said, “Jacinta told him that she didn’t want to get into trouble back at school, so maybe that one would have to last for quite a while to come.”
What does this mean?
Lots of Love Lexie

June 10, 2018 at 7:58 pm



Wow, these books sound amazing! And I really love the sound of Olive Black! I really love the Pippa’s Island series, it’s one of my favourites. Yes! I really can’t wait for a Alice-Miranda in Egypt book, I really hope you do make one! Thank you for the recommendations!

June 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm



How old is Jacinta and Lucas and Sep

June 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm



Thank you Ms Harvey! I really needed some new book suggestions 🙂

June 13, 2018 at 8:37 pm



Hey Jacqueline!
My name is Krish and I am 12 years old. I started reading the Alice Miranda books when they first came out and I still read them now! I absolutely loved Alice Miranda in Scotland!!!! Is this the last book in the Alice Miranda series? I really hope not!! But if it is, could you maybe do one more when they are adults and what has happened since? I really hope the Alice Miranda story continues. She reminds me of myself sometimes!
Are you doing any book signings in Melbourne anytime soon? I would love to get some of my books signed!

Lots of Love,

June 13, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Krish,

    I’m coming to Melbourne for a festival this weekend! I will be at the Williamstown Literary Festival (known as Willy Lit Fest) on Saturday and Sunday. I am doing a session on Saturday at 10.30am and another on Sunday at midday. You can get all the details at http://www.willylitfest.org.au/home/program/program-quick-view/

    I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed Alice-Miranda in Scotland. It was such a fun story to write and it’s not the last book – there will be at least 20!

    Hope to meet you on the weekend.

    Best wishes,

    June 14, 2018 at 1:07 pm



I really need to know if it is you that wrote the text above or not because I would be sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited if it was!

June 15, 2018 at 8:51 pm



Dear Ms. Harvey,

How are you? I am really excited about reading Alice Miranda in Scotland!! (I hope I get it for my birthday.) Some more books I recommend are the clockwork sparrow, The jewelled moth, The painted dragon, And the midnight peacock.(10+) When is the next Clementine Rose book coming out?
Lots of love from Jaida.oxx

P.S I have read the whole Clementine Rose series.

June 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Jaida,

    I’m really well thank you. I hope you get to read AM in Scotland too (and happy upcoming birthday!). The books you recommended sound great – I will have to check them out. I am currently working on the next Clementine Rose book. It was going to be out earlier in the year but we’ve had to revise the release to December as I’ve been so busy with Kensy and Max and Alice-Miranda. Sorry about that.

    Please give my best to your family.

    Jacqueline x

    June 21, 2018 at 10:29 am



Can you please make a book where Alice Miranda goes to Australia.
I would be first in line to buy the book if you made one.

June 17, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Mim,

    I am thinking very seriously about that – you never know and I’m glad you’d be first in line to get it!

    Best wishes,

    June 21, 2018 at 10:27 am

Ashlyn Wright


Hi Jacqueline,
I fractured my toe yesterday. Now I can barely walk. BTW my copy of A-M in Scotland arrived a few days ago. How are you/

June 18, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    That’s awful! Sorry to hear it. I’m fine and I hope you recover quickly. It sounds like you might have some quiet time to read your new book.

    Best wishes,

    June 21, 2018 at 10:26 am



How old is Jacinta, and Lucas and step

June 20, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    In Alice-Miranda in Scotland Alice-Miranda is now over 10 which Means Millie is 13 and Jacinta, Lucas and Sep are all around 14. AM’s friends have always been a lot older than her.

    Best wishes,

    June 21, 2018 at 10:26 am



What channels do you think the Alice-Miranda TV show will be on?

June 21, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Trixie,

    Hopefully it will start off on Nine Go and then there will be other methods of distribution.

    We are still waiting for the project to get the green light and need lots of positive thoughts to get it over the line.

    Best wishes,

    June 21, 2018 at 10:25 am



Hi Jacqueline Harvey,
when does the Alice Miranda TV series come out in Queensland??
My little sister and I are looking forward to see how its turned out!!
All these new books by all these authors look real good.

June 22, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Hattie,

    It will be the same time as the rest of Australia – I will let you know when I know. I hope you get to read some of the books I’ve recommended.

    Best wishes,

    June 29, 2018 at 9:37 am



I really like Pippa’s Island.

August 24, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Nandu unicorn sparkle


Hello! Jaqueline Harvey I just wanted to say in my School library which is is NEw Zealand!! (Go Kiwis) we have Alice Miranda books and I think at least one of them is sighted by you!!
And I’m really interested in those books you suggested I probably will read one of those books from Olivia black! Anyway that’s all
By Unicorn sparkle
P.s I L-O-V-E your books! Keep on writing!!!!!!!! 🙂

September 13, 2018 at 7:11 pm



Hi Jaqueline Harvey,
I love your books!!! thanks for the book suggestions I really needed them. I have all ready read the Olive Black series and really liked it.
Are you going to come to Hobart to do any signings any time soon? If so I will be first in line!!!

From Sarah

September 22, 2018 at 9:27 am



Hi Jacqueline! I am a massive fan and I nearly have all of the Alice Miranda books. I love all of them! Thanks for the book suggestions, I think that I will DEFINITELY be reading Olive Black. Is there going to be a cartoon version of Alice Miranda? I’m not sure but I read about it a while ago and I think it would be amazing! I’ve always thought that a series would be cool and if there is one I am excited to see if the characters are like they are when I play them out in my head. I’m very excited to read Alice Miranda in Scotland, I might be getting it!
From Shari

September 25, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Shari,

    There is going to be an animated television movie for Alice-Miranda. I’m very excited about it.

    Best wishes,

    November 18, 2018 at 3:26 pm

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