Shortlists are up for the Newsletter Writing Competition and a new Dress Up Competition for Book Month!

August 22, 2021

Shortlists are up for the Newsletter Writing Competition and a new Dress Up Competition for Book Month!

The entries are in and the shortlists have been decided!

First of all I want to congratulate everyone who wrote a story for the competition. As you know we had three categories K-2, Year 3-6 and Year 7 and up. There was an impressive number of entries in each section but the Year 3-6 group really outdid themselves with over 80! There were 10 entries from K-2 and twenty in the Year 7 and up group. To have received over 100 entries altogether was fantastic and terribly difficult to assess!

I was impressed with the diversity and creativity of your ideas. There was also a lot of good structure, grammar and spelling – so it shows that you took your time with editing as well as writing the drafts. It was pleasing to see that most of you stuck to the guidelines as well including the required sentence or concept and adhering to the word limit.

There are three shortlisted stories in the K-2 section, 10 in the Year 3-6 and 5 in the Year 7 and up.
Names are listed in alphabetical order. There will be one winner in each category to be announced in the September-October newsletter.

If you didn’t make the shortlists, please don’t be discouraged. The fact that you took the time to work on a story is fantastic and believe me, I’ve had plenty of disappointments in my time as a writer too. The most important thing is to never give up. You become good at something by practicing often – so keep on writing and creating. You never know what might happen in the future.

Congratulations to the following shortlisted writers. I will be taking my time over the next week or so to select the winners!
K-2 Section
Lottie Exeter
Zoe Mitchell Crow
Amelia Moumdjian

Year 3-6 Section

Ella Chalhoub
Madison Horlock
Theekshitha Karthik
Caitlyn Lee
Emily Li
Bianca Pascuzzi
Caitlin Rees
Isabella Regalado
Amelia Roe
Alisa Zeng
Year 7 and Up Section
Yiran Fan
Emma Hawe
Jasmine Rey
Thomas Risson
Allisar Salma

Book Month Dress Up Competition!
If you’re planning to dress up as a character from any of my books for Book Week this year, make sure that you take a photo and enter yourself in this year’s dress up competition. There will be great prizes – a signed book of your choice from my collection and other bits and pieces you can’t buy in the shops. All you need to do to enter is send your photo to me on or tag yourself on my Facebook Fan page  or my Instagram page Here’s a selection of awesome costumes we’ve had previously. Hope they give you some inspiration!

And because he can’t help himself!
Hello from Bally Puss 

Hello Friends,

Did you know that we are now in Level 4 lockdown here in New Zealand because there’s been some of that pesky Covid 19 in Auckland and Wellington? That means nothing is open apart from supermarkets, chemists and service stations. It doesn’t change my life one bit. Mum can still get my food and I’m enjoying my days sleeping, eating and playing – yes you heard it here first. I’ve become playful in my old age. Mum tied a little ratty to a string – he has a bell on his tail and I like to chase him and chew him. It’s very quiet where we live – although I’ve noticed that all the dogs around here are getting some pretty busy workouts – sometimes three or four times a day. I love watching them from my windows – poor things out there in the cold while I’m toasty and warm in front of the fire. Stay well friends and talk to you again soon in the newsletter.

Lots of love, Bally Puss xx
Best wishes, Jacqueline xx





Congratulations to every single person who made it on the shortlist!!! Good luck! ♥️
Also, Bally Puss looks very comfy and I’m glad :3

August 23, 2021 at 1:43 am



Congrats to everyone on the shortlist!

August 23, 2021 at 8:20 am



Great job to everyone who got in! I’m sure your stories were awesome 🙂

August 23, 2021 at 9:42 am



Great job to everyone!!!

August 24, 2021 at 8:58 am



Great job to everyone!!! I hope you had fun

August 24, 2021 at 8:58 am



hey Jacqueline I wonder where Alice-Miranda is set in what country I can’t stop thinking where it is set can you email the answer to me and I love your books.

August 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Zoe-lailia,

    I have never said which country Alice-Miranda is set, I like to leave that to the reader’s imagination!

    Jacqueline 🙂

    September 4, 2021 at 6:31 pm



      I think personally it is set in either England or Australia because there are lots of little hints e.g. in book 17 it mentions that the students from new zealand travelled the furthest so it leans to england but in book 20 it mentions that Hugh and Lawrence drive the children to the outback and it doesnt mention a plane trip.
      By the way i love your books and have all of them! XX

      January 22, 2022 at 8:58 pm

        Jacqueline Harvey


        Hi Charlotte,

        I have never said where Alice-Miranda is set, I have left that up to my readers – but it is most commonly thought she lives in either Australia or England.

        Thank you for your kind words, I’m thrilled to hear you love reading my books! 🙂

        Happy reading,


        February 3, 2022 at 9:21 pm

          Olivia W


          You’re books are so incredibly awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your books so much that I have all the Kensy and Max books and have read all the clementine rose and Alice- Miranda books.

          March 18, 2022 at 8:23 am

          Jacqueline Harvey


          Thanks for being a SUPERFAN!

          October 20, 2022 at 4:06 pm

Ella Chalhoub


Did any of you guys go to the Virtual NSW State Library Book Week Incursion? I just finished, I loved it! Though, fantasy isn’t really my style, I more like murder mystery and spy novels. (A.K.A K&M)

August 24, 2021 at 2:58 pm



WELL DONE! Everyone.

September 2, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi David,

    It is great to hear your words of encouragement for those that were shortlisted and who submitted amazing pieces of writing!

    Jacqueline 🙂

    September 4, 2021 at 5:30 pm

Cassia Romeril


Do you remember meeting Ava my sister?

Cassia Romeril.

September 15, 2021 at 9:58 am



Hi Jacqueline,

I was just wondering when the dress up competition is going to be drawn?
I am loving my Alice Miranda books and have nearly finished number 5.


October 11, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Sophie,

    The dress up competition winners were announced in my most recent newsletter. 🙂

    I’m thrilled to hear that you are loving the Alice-Miranda series so far – I hope you enjoy the remainder of the series!

    Happy reading,


    December 21, 2021 at 9:26 pm

Sophie Langford


Hi Jacqueline,
When will the dress up competition be chosen?
From Sophie

October 26, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Sophie,

    The winners of the dress up competition have been announced on my most recent newsletter. 🙂

    Best wishes,


    November 24, 2021 at 2:59 pm



Hi, Ms Harvey!

I really love your Alice-Miranda books. I love watching the plot unravel before my eyes. The writing is excellent too!

I have one question for you. Is Ms Grimm (headmistress of Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale) related to the Brothers Grimm? If she was, that’d be delightful, don’t you think?


October 27, 2021 at 4:37 pm



Alice Miranda is the best
I love the books so much I read one in a day

October 31, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Brittney,

    That’s amazing you can read them so quickly! You must be a super Alice-Miranda fan. 🙂

    Happy reading,


    November 24, 2021 at 2:54 pm

Poppy Banks


Hi Ms Harvey,

Hope you’re doing well! I loved your book Alice Miranda in Egypt and I was wondering, is there going to be an Alice Miranda Book 21 releasing next year? Hope there is, because I’m a BIG fan, and would love to continue reading this series along with the Kensy and Max series too. Thank you for writing such entertaining books.

Awaiting your response,
Poppy Banks

December 29, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Poppy,

    I am well thank you for asking, how are you? I hope you have enjoyed the start to the New Year.

    I’m thrilled to hear that you loved Alice Miranda in Egypt I had lots of fun writing it! I am currently taking a break from the world of Alice-Miranda but you never know what the future holds… I had an update about Alice-Miranda in my most recent newsletter if you are interested in reading about what she was doing over Christmas.

    Kensy and Max 9: Chasing Danger will be released on the 3rd of May 2022!

    Best wishes,

    Jacqueline 🙂

    January 5, 2022 at 1:23 pm



Alice miranda is the best I just ginesd AM in the outback and I couldn’t put it down

January 2, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Thank you Brynn! I hope that next year I can do some school visits over in Wanaka seeing that I live over the hill in Queenstown :).

    January 3, 2022 at 7:11 am



Oops that’s supposed to say I just finished instead of ginesd

January 2, 2022 at 9:13 pm



I love Alice miranda so much

January 2, 2022 at 9:14 pm



That would be awy if you could do school visits in Wanaka currently I ride a pony that looks just like Bonaparte and is even VERY fat LOL except she is a girlthank you for writing such amazing books,Brynn

January 12, 2022 at 7:55 am



I have read all of Clementine Rose, Kensy and Mac, and I just need to read number 20 of Alice Miranda!

January 28, 2022 at 11:25 am



Bonaparte is such a good name for a pony!
Can not wait for number 9 of Kensy and Mac!

January 28, 2022 at 11:31 am



I can totally relate to Alice Miranda.
~brown scruffy hair
~loves school

January 28, 2022 at 11:47 am



Hello Jacqueline
Who illustrates your books?
Because they are very good

January 28, 2022 at 12:06 pm



Hello Ms Harvey,
This is amazing, these books got me reading!
I was wondering if there are going to be more Alice Miranda books?

January 28, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Lara,

    Thank you for your messages, I’m thrilled to hear you enjoy reading my books. 🙂

    I hope that you enjoy Alice-Miranda in Egypt and Kensy and Max: Chasing Danger. I also love Kensy’s dress in Kensy and Max: Undercover!

    Good luck with your NAPLAN and you never know what Alice-Miranda may be doing in the future, I am sure she would be super encouraging for her friends if they were nervous or worried about it.

    Anne Yi is the illustrator for the Kensy and Max, Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series. For my new picture book, ‘That Cat’, Kate Isobel Scott (who I taught when I was a teacher!) is the illustrator. They are both so talented and I feel so lucky to have them to bring my characters to life that I have written.

    Happy reading,


    February 3, 2022 at 9:16 pm



Alice Miranda should do NAPLAN, there could be a missing test, and her and her friends could find it.

June 28, 2022 at 9:38 am

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