Summer Holiday Fun and what’s in Store for 2016

January 19, 2016

Summer Holiday Fun and what’s in Store for 2016

Hi Everyone,

Happy 2016! Hope the year has started well for you. I see that my friends in the UK are suffering through some very chilly weather at the moment, while here in Australia, it’s hot! At least there’s been snow in England which I always think of as reward for the cold. Christmas seemed to come and go in a flash, as did our week away in Queenstown, New Zealand. Ian and I played some golf and he had a very impressive eagle on the 18th hole at Millbrook. No such luck for me this trip. It was something of a working holiday as I was busy writing the 12th in the Clementine Rose series which I think we’re calling Clementine Rose and the Paris Puzzle. I’ve finished the draft – but now the editing begins. I’ve also just started Alice-Miranda in China, so it’s set to be a very busy couple of months.

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Golf at Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

We spent part of our time away in Arrowtown and the rest of the time in Queenstown. It’s definitely one of my favourite places on earth – the pictures speak for themselves really. The scenery is spectacular, the people are friendly, the restaurants are fabulous and the golf is great too.

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Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown Gardens

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We came home to some very grim rainy weather – perfect for heading back into the recording studio where I have now finished recording the first five Alice-Miranda audio books. They will be available sometime in February through Audible. It was a great experience and not something I ever imagined I’d get to do. I hope there will be more.

In the Studio

Last week I worked frantically to get the draft of Clemmie Paris Puzzle done so I could spend a few days up the coast with my Mum and Dad. My sister Nat and her husband were there too with my nieces and nephews so we had a lot of fun at the beach and I even got on the boogie board. Another lovely bonus is that my grandparents recently moved to live just around the corner from Mum and Dad. I was stunned when they made the decision to leave their long time home on the NSW South Coast and head north but I’m so pleased they’ve done it (not a bad effort at 90 and 88!).

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Beach days

So, what will 2016 bring? I’m thrilled that we’ve already released Clementine Rose and the Special Promise – which came out on 1 January and I’m counting down the days to Alice-Miranda to the Rescue. It will be released 1 February but we are having a launch party at The Children’s Bookshop at Beecroft on Saturday 30 January at 2pm. There will be a special four legged guest too. See the flyer below for details. I’m also excited about the new Alice-Miranda bunting – which you can win by entering this month’s competition on the newsletter and the gorgeous Alice-Miranda tote bags. If you purchase any two Alice-Miranda titles you get a bag for free!

I was thrilled to make the top 75 in the Booktopia poll for Australia’s Favourite Author. There’s still time to vote for the top 50, which will be counted down starting Monday.

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AM Bunting

AM Tote Bag

At the end of each year, I like to take some time to reflect on the past 12 months and I have to say that all up 2015 was great. I feel blessed that since I made the decision to become a full-time writer, three years ago I haven’t regretted it for a second.

So much has changed since the 31st October 2012 when I moved away from what seemed a lifetime working in schools. I still miss the people; my colleagues and students, but I love the flexibility that being a writer gives me.  Although I’m pretty disciplined when it comes to schedules and deadlines – there’s no way I could write as much as I do without sticking as closely as possible to the plan. It blows me away to think that in those three short years I’ve written another 7 Alice-Miranda books and we’ve added 10 titles to the Clementine Rose series. Looking back, I sometimes wonder how that’s even been possible – although a huge part of it has been the phenomenal support and encouragement I’ve had from my husband, aka ‘The Manager,’ Ian and my amazing team at Penguin Random House. When I look at how much we’ve travelled too, just fitting everything in seems a little bit incredible. But there’s no complaints here. And I’ve visited hundreds of schools and met thousands of fabulous children – so I haven’t strayed too far away from the other job I loved.

This year I’m looking forward to writing and touring, to several festivals and another trip overseas. I’m really excited about developing a new series too. I can’t say too much about that yet but it’s ticking away slowly. I’ll be writing more of Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose’s adventures as well.

I’ve just spent a couple of days catching up on emails and letters. It’s such a joy to hear from the readers – thank you for your support and all the best for a fabulous 2016!

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Comments

Denae

 

Hi Mrs Harvey!
I am wondering if you know Susanne Gervay? I love her books. Do you have any books you recommend for a tween? I’ve read heaps and don’t know which one to read next. Did you read what Maya and Alicia put together? Very Impressive. I am also a Lucinta fan…
Love from your # 1 fan,
Denae. xx
PS the next CR and AM book sounds very exciting. Does Clemmie go to Paris because of Sophie’s Move???

January 19, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Denae,

    Yes I do know Susanne – she’s lovely. I’m not sure what I can recommend to you but I’ve heard that Land of Stories by Chris Colfer is popular for tweens. Yes Maya and Alicia have lots of wonderful ideas and I adore Lucinta – I think I might even use that in the China book – perhaps Millie or Sloane can say it and it sticks. I was planning some hiccups with their fledgling romance. Clemmie is going to Paris because of Sophie.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 20, 2016 at 9:38 am

Ayesha

 

Hi Mrs Harvey. I ♥ all your alice miranda books. I really would love to attend your party on 30 January but unfortunately I am in Pakistan. ♥ your books and I hope you keep writing books. I really want to meet you in person. Good luck for 2016!!!

January 20, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Ayesha,

    Do you live in Karachi or are you on holidays? I’m sorry you won’t be able to come to the launch but I’m thrilled that you enjoy the books so much. Have a great year too.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 20, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Deanna

       

      Hi, my name is Deanna. I love your Clementine Rose books, I have just read number one, but i have the whole set and cant wait to read them. My favourite part was when Aunt violet tried to steal the tiara.

      April 25, 2016 at 3:26 pm

        Jacqueline Harvey

         

        Thanks Deanna. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the first book. Aunt Violet is a bit of a baddie to begin with but thankfully over time you will see some positive changes in her behaviour. She’s a great character to write.

        Hope you enjoy the rest of the books too.

        Best wishes,
        Jacqueline

        April 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm

Ayesha

 

I ♥♥♥♥ your books so much. I hope you can visit karachi in pakistan any time. I would love to meet you in person

January 20, 2016 at 12:38 am

Denae

 

Hi Mrs Harvey
Thankyou for answering.
I can’t wait to see the cover of AM in China and CR in paris.
I can’t wait for school to start…what year is AM in the China book??? When will AM in china be out?
Thx Soooo much
#1 fan Denae xxx

January 20, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    The book will be out in September (as long as I get it written in the next couple of months). I think Alice-Miranda is due a birthday!

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 20, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Phoebe Barris

 

Hello Mrs Harvey
I love your book’s sooooooooo much. I read this Alice Miranda in Japan
In 4 hours straight. I think Alice Miranda in China is a great idea. What is the plot of the book? Does Millie and Caprice keep on fighting? I was the first one in Hamilton to order 12 & 13! Have you got any suggestions on what i can read. (I am 11 by the way). Here is a suggestion of plot and book-
1. Alice Miranda on the road
Alice Miranda could go with her school group on the. Parents invited to. 1 of many carvans stop due to somebody’s bad behaviours. Plans change when they have to survive on less food. The group goes on a wilderness walk and to make things harder a caravans gets robbed clean. Now Alice miranda and her friends have to help constable derby save the day

Somehow nigel and jezza and Addison G could be the robbers

From Phoebe ❤️

January 20, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Phoebe,

    I’m actually still working on the plot right now. I think it will have something to do with an acrobatic troupe and Jacinta might have a bit of a starring role. I’m still thinking about what to do with Millie and Caprice. I’m afraid I’d better get back to it – thanks for your ideas too. And as for something to read – have you tried Belinda Murrell’s timeslip series or Friday Barnes by RA Spratt?

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 20, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Maya Kalodikis

 

Hi Ms Harvey,
I am so very excited for the new Alice-Miranda book! i managed to find the first 40 pages of the book online and i read it! it is so good! Myrtle Parker is so nosy and has no manners! i went to find the 40 pages again but i think they’ve taken it off the internet. I’m so lucky i found it when i did. Am so thrilled to see how the lucinta relationship goes! I loved the part in the last book when Lucas calls Cinta his Angel. Could you maybe include the abbreviation for Jacinta’s name (Cinta) into the books a little more? Don’t have to, it’s just another suggestion. Also i think it would be cute if Lucas’s Permanent nickname for Jacinta could be something to do with an angel or something like that. It would be ultra adorable. Can’t wait to see what you’ve done in the newest book!

A very very very very excited fan

Maya

January 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Jasmine

     

    Hi Ms Harvey,
    when I was 6 my Grandma bought me the first AM book and I adored it so much I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it. Also when is the next AM book coming out because I’ve read all the CR books so far and the AM books so far? Since I’m only 8 I can only borrow 3 library books from the school library which is a shame because at the rate I read books I finish in 2 days!
    Your biggest AM and CR fan,
    from Jasmine

    March 23, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Jacqueline Harvey

       

      Hi Jasmine,

      You are indeed a huge fan! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am currently working on Alice-Miranda in China which will be out in September. I’m afraid that I can’t write any faster. There is a new Clemmie – Clementine Rose and the Paris Puzzle coming in July. Have a wonderful Easter and keep up your reading.

      Best wishes,
      Jacqueline

      March 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

Jacqueline Harvey

 

Hi Maya,

You can see the first 39 pages of the new book on the Random House website – it’s still there, I just looked. I’m glad you enjoyed the start. Myrtle is terrible but she’s funny and I love Reg. Wait until you read on with her and Roberta Dankworth – sparks are set to fly.

I’m just plotting some of the China book now and working out how it’s all going to happen. Best get back to it.

Jacqueline

January 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Rosie

 

Hi Jaqueline.
I was wondering if you are planning to visit Gippsland at any stage in the future, I know you have lots of fans in this area that would love to see you.
I was also wondering if you could tell me the publishing process for you and also answer my few questions. Did you get an agent before you applied for your book to get published? Or did you get your book published and then look for an agent? How long did it take you from first getting the idea of Alice Miranda book 1, to writing and then publishing it and seeing it available in stores?
Thankyou and best wishes for 2016,
Rosie

January 20, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Dear Rosie,

    Thanks for your message. I’m coming to Melbourne soon but I know that’s not Gippsland. I would love to do more touring in the regional areas and this year I am doing a trip to Dubbo in the Central West of NSW. I have to plan my touring about a year in advance so I’ll definitely keep it in mind for 2017. I don’t have an agent at all – although Random House is hold my world wide rights and they have done a brilliant job of getting the books into different countries. I first had the idea for Alice-Miranda in about 2005 – but initially just as a picture book. Over the years the idea grew and I suppose it took about 2 years to write the first book to a standard I was happy with. I found a publisher (Random House Australia) in about September 2008 but then the first book didn’t come out until February 2010. We worked on it for a while to make sure that it was just right. I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with my publisher and we’re a great team. My husband is also a big part of the picture as he looks after all the royalty statements and paperwork – so in effect he’s like my agent.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 27, 2016 at 8:59 pm

Denae Vanderplas

 

Dear Maya
I love you and Alicia’s ideas. I totally agree with the nickname thing. I love it how we can have conversations online, with authors and fans.
Love from a fan of Jacqueline Harvey’s
Denae

January 20, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Maya Kalodikis

     

    hello Denae,
    🙂 Thank you! Alicia came up with most of them and my friend made up the lucinta plane moment., I just adjusted it and wrote it all in. Do you have any ideas that you wouldn’t mind me using? I’ve come up with a few cute moments and i need to write the space in between first because i can’t just skip through the whole book and just write the lucinta moments.

    Do you mean Cinta as a nickname? Or do you mean Lucas making a nickname for jacinta that’s like when he called her angel? I like both of them. It is really awesome that we can talk to people from all over the world through internet. It makes it a whole lot easier to get in contact with friends and find fellow fans! When i first found out that i could blog to my favorite author (Jacqueline Harvey) i ran around the house screaming it to everyone and squealing! i called up all my friends and told them.

    I can’t wait for february first. I’ve already saved up to buy the new book and i’m ready to bookmark all the lucinta moments. I always do. IT’S SO EXCITING! I am already waiting for September to come around as well because apparently that’s when AM in China will be coming out. I can’t wait for that too! I am trying to read all the AM books before feb first so i can read it all in order but i am very busy so i don’t now if i will be able to do it. I started two days ago and spent the whole day reading. I finished percy jackson 5 (cause i was also doing a series re-read of that) and I read AM 1, AM 2, AM 3, and i started AM 4! But then my dad tole me i should be helping my mum with the house cleaning so he limited my time of reading to two hours a day.

    From a fellow Jacqueline Harvey and Lucinta fan

    Maya

    January 21, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Alicia

       

      Hi denae….

      Thank you! Well maya and her friend did come up with most of the ideas….i just added in a few ideas!

      Well we can all agree jacqueline is a fantastic author! Right?

      I am looking forward to am to the rescue….but i am particularly looking forward to am in china, seeing that i come from there!

      If you wanted to read a sample of the book, denae, go to am to the rescue random house!

      From alicia….

      A am fan

      January 21, 2016 at 10:37 am

Alicia

 

Hi jacqueline!

I cant wait until February! Im probably getting the book on chinese new year…whcih is February the eight…as my new year present!

I cant believe that your actually writing am in china book! That would be awesome…..so its coming out in september?

Just a question….but who is going with alice miranda to china? I know jacinta is going….anyone else?

While we are on the topic of am in china, could you please tell me where in china are they going? Beijing……maybe cause its the capital…..sichuan…..because it is the home of pandas…..or shanghai….because that is the largest city in china!

I was thinking that after you finish the am in china and the gymnastics competition one, you could do a book based on sloane, since we havent had one of those for quite a while.

Thanks for reading my long message….

From a dedicated chinese fan..

Alicia

January 21, 2016 at 10:46 am

Denae Vanderplas

 

dear Alicia and Maya.
Thx for writing back. Yes, we can all agree that Jacqueline Harvey is an awesome author. I actually do have a few ideas for the book. there is a new girl at WD called Saskia and she’s really pretty and Jacinta is a bit jealous. Jacinta, Sloane, Saskia and a couple other dormitory’s went on fire and WD is like totally full with students so they have to sleep at Fayle for a couple nights. (Now comes your ideas about Ethan…) Jacinta and Saskia are fighting over sharing a dorm with Ethan, Jacinta wins. Lucas is feeling hurt

January 21, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Denae Vanderplas

 

and there is a contest between Lucas and Ethan. At the end Cinta finds that she likes Lucas more. (Maybe Ethans Dad goes to jail because he lit the fire with his mates at WD.) Lots of love from a AM fan
Denae. xxx

January 21, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Maya Kalodikis

     

    OMG Hi Denae.

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! YES! that’s awesome! i’m totally using some of that, if you don’t mind! I have a lightbulb and must go and write down all my ideas now! If you don’t want me using your ideas could you tell me? I dont mind. but that’s a great idea.

    Maya

    January 21, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Alicia

       

      Ahhhhhh really! Omg denae!

      Maya i think we found a another lucinta fan!

      Omg! Omg! Yr ideas are fantastic, im thinking that the saskia girl could be caprices bestie! Their personalities would match after all!

      Thanks denae for contributing to mayas book,

      From alicia

      January 22, 2016 at 9:23 am

Denae

 

Dear Maya,
Of course i don’t mind!!!!!!!!!! Feel free to use it.
Lots of love from a book fan
Denae. xxx
PS how old are you? I am grade six this year.

January 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Maya Kalodikis

     

    Hi Denae,

    Thank you, it gave me a really great plot base actually. I’m just writing down my plot. I’m 13 turning fourteen in october and i’m in year eight this year. you are my brothers age!

    Maya

    January 21, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Alicia

     

    Yay denae,

    U are the same age as me! I think……im 11 this year…and in grade six!

    Turning 12 in july! Plz tell me if you are older or younger

    From a lucinta fan,

    Alicia

    January 22, 2016 at 9:24 am

Maya Kalodikis

 

Hello Ms Harvey,

Only eleven days till AM comes out! i’m so excited. I think i’m gonna do a countdown! 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BEST DAY EVER! Is Mr Plumpton’s and Ms Reedy’s marriage a big part in the book or is it just a small event compared to the dog show? Are you going to write any more AM books after AM in China? Because i remember reading somewhere that you were only going up to fourteen books. I really hope you do more.

A huge fan

Maya

January 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Alicia

     

    Hi maya,

    Im pretty sure taht Mrs Harvey said she had planned at this stage for 16 books, but she dosent know if there will be more!

    Im not sure, so if you arent either, check with Mrs Harvey!

    From alicia

    January 22, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Maya Kalodikis

       

      hi Alicia,

      Okay, thank you. I really hope so though. If the series ended at 14 i would be so sad!:( i’m just finishing off the plot for the fanfiction book. I’ll send you the link to the word document if you’d like. You could add in or change anything if you’d like. I just have one question about Ethan. Do you imagine him as a good character or a bad character or a little of both? Because i’m not sure on how to portray him. At the moment i’m doing that he’s really sweet and nice around everyone except for Lucas. He is really mean to Lucas. Is that how you imagined him?

      Maya

      P.S IT’S TEN DAYS TO GO TILL FEBRUARY 1ST! YAY!

      January 22, 2016 at 12:16 pm

        alicia

         

        Hi maya,

        Yes thank you!

        But of course i wont change it! I will accept it as it is!

        From alicia

        January 22, 2016 at 6:02 pm

          Maya Kalodikis

           

          hi Alicia!
          I tried to put the link in but it didn’t work. The only other way i can think of is if i give you my email. I don’t know if you want to do that, though.

          maya

          January 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm

        Holly

         

        Your fanfiction book sounds amazing Maya! I wish I could read it.

        March 7, 2018 at 1:21 am

Denae Vanderplas

 

Hi Ms Harvey!
I totally agree with Maya, I can’t wait till the 1st of Feb. I just cannot wait for the day it will be hitting the shops. Whose personality are you most like in AM? i think I am probably most like Millie in personality. Maybe you could make a quiz on “Fun Stuff” to see who you’re most like in the books?
Love from
denae.x

January 21, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Oh that’s a hard one Denae – I don’t really know who I’m most like. I think when I was younger, probably Millie and a bit of Sloane and Jacinta (sometimes I’d just say the first thing that came into my head and didn’t realise the consequences). I like to think I’m a bit more measured these days.

    I’ll have a think. Good idea on the quizzes.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Denae

 

Hello Alicia
I am turning 12 in November so you would be older…. thx for telling me about the preview on random house books for AM to the Rescue, I read it it was cool although i think myrtle parker has to stop poking her nose around in other peoples business
an AM fan
Denae xxx
PS Do you have any book recommendations for me as I have read so many and don’t know what to read now??
Bye

January 22, 2016 at 9:32 am

Denae (lucinta fan)

 

Hi Alicia
Yes i am a big/huge/adoring lucinta fan. wouldn’t it be cool if we all lived in the same city/town and we had a lucinta book club! yes saskia should definitely be a BFF to caprice. they could plot some mean things together. you must be looking forward to the china book so much since you come from there!
a fellow lucinta fan
denae xxx
PS i love your name.

January 22, 2016 at 10:00 am

denae

 

hello alicia
yes, i am a huge lucinta fan. i am turning 12 in nov so you are older. it would be so cool if you Maya and me lived in the same town/city and we could have a lucinta book club!
Lots of love
a lucinta fan
denae x

January 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

denae

 

Sorry That I sent multiple copies of my comment! I don’t know why but my comment always says “Your Comment Is Waiting Moderation” So it takes like ages to actually show up in the blog…
denae xx (lucinta fan)

January 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Denae,

    I have to check the comments before allowing them to be posted. I wonder if you and Alicia and Maya should exchange email addresses and then you can just chat to each other directly without having to wait for me to approve the comments – it might make it easier for you all. I am currently writing 16 Alice-Miranda titles and 14 Clementine Rose books but don’t worry there will likely be more Alice-Miranda’s!

    I’m also starting a new series which is due to be released at the end of next year – I can’t tell you too much yet as I’m still in the early phases of development but I think you girls will really love it.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm

denae

 

hi Mrs Harvey
Just a question. Sometimes when I try post something on the blog it never actually shows up on the blog. Do you have any idea why?
Thx. A lucinta fan
denae x.

January 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm

denae

 

Hi Alicia
I’m turning 12 in November so you would be older than me. Yes! Caprice and Saskia should be BFF’s… They really have the same personality. Wouldn’t it be cool if Maya you and I all lived in the same town/city and we could all have a lucinta book club!
Do you have any pets? I don’t but I really want a puppy.
A big/Massive Lucinta fan
Denae xx
PS I cannot wait till the 1st of Feb!
PPS You must be so excited for the China book since you come from there!
PPPS I love your name!!

January 22, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    alicia

     

    Hi deane,

    I love your ideas too!

    Also yr name…..its so funky and unique!

    My name is pronounced….a-li-si-ya…..not the usual way to pronounce it……a-li-sha

    Hah! Well i would love any animal……….but unfortuantely im not allowed to!

    Do u have any siblings? I am an only child”

    Im really excited for the am in china! Cant wait for all those cute lucinta moments,

    From alicia

    January 22, 2016 at 6:06 pm

Denae Vanderplas

 

Dear Maya
I love your name!!! I thought Jacqueline Harvey was going to do 20 AM books but maybe I’m wrong. I like both of the nick name ideas for Jacinta. What are your favorite books? Mine are AM, I am Jack series , Rachel Yoder Series, Mr Stink, Roald Dahl’s Books, The Boy in the Dress and Clementine Rose.
Lots of Love from a fellow Lucinta fan
Denae.
PS I can’t wait till the 1st of Feb either!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Maya Kalodikis

     

    Hi Denae,

    Thank you! my name was actually Mariah for the first few days i was born until my parents changed it. I really hope that the AM books go for a really long time. Cinta was already used a few times in the series by Ambrosia. My favourite books are AM, Haryy Potter, Maze Runner, Percy Jackson, Hunger Games, and lots more. I also like Roald Dahl’s books and i read i am jack, it’s pretty good.

    Maya

    January 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Maya Kalodikis

       

      Hi Denae,

      I was just wondering how do you pronounce your name? What nationality are you? I’m three quarters Cypriot and one quarter Greek.

      January 22, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Alicia

       

      Hi! Well, i have a greek friend called mariah! But people always called her maria by accident!

      From alicia

      January 23, 2016 at 12:47 pm

alicia

 

Hi denae,

I know this is meant for maya, but i cant resist replying when we are on the topic on books!
I hope u dont mind!

My fav book is harry potter, i also love am, percy jackson, heroes of olympus…..which is a sequel to percy jackson, hunger games, warriors…..which is about cats…..NOT SOME WEIRD FIGHTING DUDES, artemis fowl, dork diaries……and many many MANY more!

From alicia

January 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm

Denae Vanderplas

 

Hi Maya and Alicia
Thx for writing and thx for telling me your favorite books as I don’t know what I should read next. I love Jacqueline Harvey’s website, who are you most like in AM? I am probably like Jacinta, Millie, Sloane and Danika mixed together.
Lots of Love from a Lucinta fan (Who created the name Lucinta? It’s clever how it’s a mix of Cinta’s and Lucas’ name)
Denae …. x

January 22, 2016 at 6:33 pm

Denae Vanderplas

 

hello Maya
You pronounce it like this: Dah-nay. My nationality is Australian but all my grandparents were Dutch.
A Lucinta fan
Denae. x

January 22, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Maya Kalodikis

     

    Hi Denae,
    Your name is amazing! i love it! It’s really creative. Does it have a meaning? My name means

    I am most like Jacinta in the sense that i can be nice but feisty as well and don’t like to try new things that much (like exotic foods). But i’m not very active and cant do cartwheels or handstands or anything like that. I also don’t look anything like Jacinta. I have hazel eyes and curly brown hair which is like Alice-Miranda. But my personality is alot like Jacinta’s.

    Me and my friend at school created the merged Lucinta name. I’m not sure if someone else also came up with it but that’s where i got it from.

    I made a mistake before. I was born in Australia and have grown up here and still live here but three of my grandparents were born in Cyprus and moved here because of the war with Turkey and my other grandparent was born here but her parents where both from Greece.

    Maya

    January 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Maya Kalodikis

       

      Hello again,

      my name meaning got cut out. My name means magical witch in Greek, (mayisa).

      maya

      January 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Alicia

       

      Ok! I am most like alice miranda! And jacinta! Alice miranda,,,,,because i love metting new people and im very good at english, maths and other subjects!

      Jacinta….because i love dancing and gymnastics………….

      I have wavy black hair……which goes up to my knees…..very long………….AND dark chocolate eyes!

      I am 100 percent chinese! I was not born in australia……….and my mum, dad and i are the only peopel in my family in australia….the rest are in china…..

      From a chinese girl…

      Alicia

      January 23, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Denae Vanderplas

 

Dear Alicia
I have 5 siblings(not including me).
Lots of love
denae . x

January 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm

Denae Vanderplas

 

Dear Maya
My name means the mythological mother of Perseus (It is Greek although I am not Greek). I probably look most like Jacinta; I have straight blonde hair and blue eyes.

Denae
xxx
PS How many siblings do you have? I have 5

January 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Maya Kalodikis

     

    Hi denae,
    yay we’re on at the same time! that’s really cool! the meaning of your name. I love greek mythology! I have three other siblings. Five is alot. I have a friend who has five sisters!
    maya

    January 22, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Alicia

       

      Seriously?

      Im an only child.

      I like jacinta, but taht dosent mean my personality is like her…..im more like alice miranda! Tell me yr fav character and who u are most like…..not in looks….but in personality!

      If u like greek mythology then read percy jackson, and its sequel series, heroes of olympus,

      From alicia

      January 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Maya Kalodikis

 

Hi Alicia,
i tried to put the link up but it didn’t work. I saw your other post where you said how your name was pronounced and i actually have a cousin called Alicia and it’s spelled like that too.

Maya

January 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Denae Vanderplas

 

Dear Maya,
I also forgot to add that i adore Ruby Redfort books
A AM fan
Denae.

January 23, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Maya Kalodikis

     

    Hi Denae,

    Yeah, me too! I love Ruby Redfort! Her t-shirts are awesome!

    9 days till Feb 1st

    maya

    January 23, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Alicia

       

      Of course…..i read ruby redfort too!

      January 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Alicia

       

      Me too! I love ruby and her cool attitude!

      If u like greek mythology read percy jackson and the sequel series…..heroes of olympus!

      From a lucinta fan….

      Alicia

      Ps….maya try sending the link again……if it dosent work…..copy and paste it please

      Thanks

      January 23, 2016 at 12:53 pm

        Maya Kalodikis

         

        Hi A-li-si-ya,

        Yes, it’s pronounced your way. I tried to send the link but it doesn’t work. I can’t copy and paste it because it’s currently 8 pages and i’m not done. Its a pretty long plot. I had to add in some romance moments too so i wouldn’t forget so, yeah.

        maya

        January 23, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Denae

 

Dear Maya and Alicia
Thx for writing back. What are your hobbies? Mine is reading, writing, kayaking, basketball, music (violin and piano), drawing, photography, and acting. Oh, and I also enjoy Maths and Science at school.

Denae. x

January 23, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Maya Kalodikis

     

    Hi Denae,
    Your welcome and thank you too for writing to us! I love reading, painting, drawing, sketching, art in general, acting, hanging out with my friends, singing, listening to music, watching girl meets world and most of all writing. t school my fave subjects are English, science and art.

    Maya

    January 23, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      alicia

       

      hi guys!

      well i like,

      acting, music ( singing and piano ) art, writing, making people laugh, reading ( includes manga…..) and watching anime!!!!!
      My fav subjects are, art, english maths and chinese!!!!!!!!!!

      To maya…
      I watched the goosebumps movie..yesterday with my friends, and i have started reading the first book!
      I cant believe there are 62 books in the series, not to mention the special ones! there is also a tv series!

      from alicia

      January 24, 2016 at 11:26 am

        Maya Kalodikis

         

        Hello Alicia,

        There ARE a lot of goosebumps books. I haven’t seen the tv series or the movie. I haven’t read all of the books but i love the ones i have read. Do you like them so far? I’ve tried to get my hands on Artemis Fowl but i can’t find it.

        Maya

        January 24, 2016 at 7:23 pm

          Alicia

           

          OMG I had a sudden thought to check my old messages since this was such a vivid memory and all our posts are still here…this is so nostalgic. I just realised I never responded! You’re probably not going to see this but if that fanfic still exists I’d gladly read it 🙂

          Love,

          Alicia – not actually my real name HAHHA

          May 10, 2024 at 6:27 am

Clare

 

Hello Ms Harvey,

I love the AM books and I have thought of a new title for you. Its called AM Dives Deep. AM and her friends go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. But there’s a bit of a muddle and lots things go wrong like Sloane goes missing and Millie is fighting with Jacinta. Cannot wait for new AM books! Have a great year.

I love AM.

Clare

January 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Clare,

    That sounds like a great idea. I love the Barrier Reef – I’ve only been snorkelling up there once but it was amazing.

    Hope you have a great year too.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Sandra Farrell

 

Hi Jacqueline,

My daughter is a huge fan. She has every Alice Miranda book and every Clementine Rose book and all (except the latest Clementine Rose) have been signed by you each time she has met you.
I know she would love a tote but you need to purchase two books to receive one. Have you thought about the girls who have all your books (and diaries etc). No need to reply I just wanted to put that out there for you.

Thanks

January 28, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Sandra,

    I was just thinking does your daughter enter the competitions through the newsletter as this month the prize includes one of the bags 🙂 I am trying to work out more ways to get the bags out there and will speak with my publisher.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    February 18, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Abbey

 

Hi Jacqueline,

What book does Alice Miranda’s Aunt Charlotte have the twins?

From Abbey

February 9, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Abbey,

    The twins are first mentioned in Alice-Miranda at Camp but they make their first public appearance in Alice-Miranda At the Palace. They will feature in books further down the line.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    February 10, 2016 at 9:10 pm

zubaria

 

Dear Miss Harvey,

I am very excited to be able to blog you and hope to get a reply soon. I just wanted to ask you if you knew about a game called Pirate 101? It’s just that I’ve noticed that most of the names of the people in your books are in the game. I really love your books and wish I could read more!

From, Zubaria

February 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Zubaria

    I can’t say that I have heard of Pirate 101- it IS an interesting coincidence! Thank you for your kind words.

    Best wishes

    Jacqueline

    February 25, 2016 at 11:31 am

zubaria

 

Dear Miss Harvey,

I am very excited to be able to send you a comment. I just wanted to ask you, have you ever heard of a game called Pirate101? It’s just that I’ve seen most of the names you use in your books are the same as the ones you get to choose from Pirate101. I really love your books and wish I could read more!

From Madeline

February 21, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Madeline,

    No I’ve never heard of that game and I get all the names for my books from baby name websites or they just pop into my head – I spend a lot of time thinking about names because I think they’re really important in the stories. I hope you get to read some more of the books.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    February 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

Olivia

 

I love your books Mrs Harvey.
I have read every single Alice – Miranda and all of the Clementine Rose series!
Please make more before I turn 12!
Thanks
Olivia

February 25, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Olivia,

    I have another Alice-Miranda book coming out in September this year and a Clemmie in July. Hope you get to read them both.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    February 27, 2016 at 10:25 am

Mackenzie

 

Hi, mrs. Harvey i❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Your alice miranda books! I am your number one fan! Do u know any good book for fith graders?

February 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Mackenzie,

    There are so many good books out there but some of my favourites are Hating Alison Ashley (it’s been around a while but I loved reading it to my Year 5 classes), Bridge to Terabithia, any of Belinda Murrell’s timeslip adventures, you might like Friday Barnes as well. Hope that gives you some ideas. There is a new Alice-Miranda book out in September.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    February 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

Harriet

 

Hi Jacqueline Harvey
My name is Harriet and I love your clementine rose and Alice Miranda book
Love from Harriet
P.s I hope you wright more books!

March 1, 2016 at 9:05 pm

Millie

 

Hi Jacqueline,

I love your Alice Miranda books soon much!! Could Alice Miranda possibly come to New Zealand as a school trip or vacation or something??

Thanks,

Millie

March 6, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Millie

    I am so glad that you are enjoying the books. As you know, many of Alice-Miranda and her friends’ adventures are located in some of my favourite places in the world. New Zealand is certainly one of my favourite places; my husband, Ian and I had the most wonderful holiday near Queenstown after Christmas last year. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Best wishes

    Jacqueline

    March 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Archie Jones

 

Hi Mrs. Harvey,
Are you going to have another high tea?

March 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Archie

    At this stage, there are no more High Teas planned for Sydney for the rest of this year. I am assuming that you mean in Sydney???

    I am glad that you are enjoying the books- I certainly think Year 2 students would enjoy Clementine Rose, but also Alice-Miranda stories.

    Best wishes

    Jacqueline

    March 10, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Archie Jones

 

Hi Mrs Harvey I❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ your Clementine rose books do u no any good books for grade 2’s

March 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Harriet

 

thank you archie jones
have you see the Newsflash television comical on the Alice Miranda blog?
from Harriet

March 11, 2016 at 7:07 pm

Rachel

 

Maya and Alicia’s ideas are terrific I believe that they could make a great book with help of Denae amazing ideas both put together but I am not sure they would be allowed to publish unless they make up a different title or character names. I’m seeing Alice Miranda book 12 book in the shopping centres- can’t wait till my birthday or the holidays to get it.
❤️❤️❤️ Your books.
Best wishes
From Rachel

March 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Rachel,

    I love their ideas too. I’m not sure about publishing either but it’s great that they’re writing stories and I love that my characters have inspired them. Hope you get to read the new book soon.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    March 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Harriet

 

Hi
when does the new clementine rose book come out?
by the way is there any clementine rose diarys? apart from the alice Miranda diarys?
from Harriet

March 13, 2016 at 6:22 pm

Harriet

 

Hi Jacqueline Harvey
have you ever been to Dalby its a small town about 20 minutes away from Bell its in Queensland Australia
when will you update this blog and the Alice Miranda blog?
I am the same Harriet that talks to you on the Alice Miranda blog
from Harriet

March 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Harriet,

    I have been to Dalby as my aunt and cousins used to live there – well they lived at Irvingdale on a big farm but they now live in Toowoomba. They went to school in Dalby.

    I am really flat out working on a new book at the moment so I will update the blog as soon as I can – I need to get Alice-Miranda in China finished first.

    Have a good Easter.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    March 26, 2016 at 11:11 am

Tia Barakat

 

Dear Jacqueline Harvey, Thank you for coming to my school! It was fun! I love all you Clementine Rose books it is very exiting to met you!

March 24, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Tia,

    It was a pleasure. I hope you continue to enjoy the books. I love writing them.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    March 26, 2016 at 10:36 am

Jasmine

 

Hi Ms Harvey,
it’s me Jasmine again I was wondering when AM in China is coming out and when CR and the Paris Puzzle is coming out as well because the school library takes about 3 months to get new books in and I can’t wait until it comes out also when are you going to reveal who Clementine’s mother is even though loads of people have a sneaking suspicion I won’t say who I think because some people haven’t read the sixth CR book. Maybe you could reveal who it is if CR went to where her mother went to when she was 8 and they could have a family reunion question mark If you are wondering why I wrote question mark the button does not work.
From your no 1 fan Jasmine

March 27, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Alice-Miranda in China is a September release and Clementine Rose and the Paris Puzzle comes out on the 1st July – so not too long away. I’m not going to say when I will reveal more about Clemmie’s past – you’ll just have to wait and see 🙂

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    March 28, 2016 at 7:53 am

Jasmine

 

Hi Ms Harvey,
it’s Jasmine again and I can’t wait until AM in China comes out because I’m half Chinese and most of my cousins live there. Also can she go to Shang-du because there are loads of pandas there and if you think I’m talking about Shang-hai I’m actually not and I am certain of this because a couple of weeks ago some Chinese students came to our school which is a private school by the way and the teacher told us this information.
From your number 1 fan Jasmine.

March 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Jasmine,

    I don’t think Alice-Miranda will have time to go to Chendu to see the pandas but she is stopping off in Shanghai. They might see some pandas somewhere else.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    March 28, 2016 at 7:51 am

Jasmine

 

Hi Ms Harvey,
it’s Jasmine again and I don’t know what to read next so can you please give me some suggestions for 8 year olds. Also who were you most like when you were in primary?

From your number 1 fan Jasmine.

March 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Jasmine,

    This will probably be my last message for a week or so as I’m going away to work in Perth tomorrow and won’t have time for replies. Some great books are Paddington Bear (the proper longer novels), The Secret Garden and I loved Heidi when I was your age too. I also think that Belinda Murrell and RA Spratt write great books (and they are both good friends of mine). If you’re into dancing there’s a series called Silver Shoes. I don’t know which of the characters I was more like as a child. I think a combination of all the main characters in AM – sometimes I said too much, sometimes I was a bit unkind, I was quite smart but didn’t always know the best ways to show it, and hopefully I was a good friend a lot of the time.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    March 28, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Harriet

 

Hello
I am a great fan of your Clementine rose books.
They are so great.
I hope you write more because you are such a great writer.
I want to be a writer when I am older.
I am writing a book now

Harriet.

March 31, 2016 at 8:47 am

Lily

 

Hi Mrs Harvey
I just want to say I love love your books, you are an amazing author. I love how we get the chance to write to you, not many other authors have a blog where they’re fans can write to them. I think it’s really funny because all my siblings and my name are in AM stories. Alice – Miranda, Max and my name is also in it, Lily.
I was wondering if you could answer some of my questions?
How do you think of the plots for the stories?
Do you put any of your friends or family’s names in your books for AM?
What is your favourite AM books that you’ve written?
How many more books are you planning on writing?
Please answer as many of them as you can !!!
I look forward to reading many more books from you.
From Your biggest fan Lily
Ps Maya and Alicia
I love the name Lucinta, my friend actually thought of that as well.
Jacqueline I am writing my own book at the moment, not at all related to Alice Miranda.
Please email or post back.

July 16, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Lily,

    Thanks for your lovely message. In answer to your questions:

    Plots come from all sorts of places. For example the plot about the dog show came from a true story at a famous dog show in England called Crufts, which made me wonder about the idea of sabbotage.
    I don’t have a favourite AM book – there are things that I love in all of them.
    I’m signed up to write 16 AM books but I’m sure that we’ll keep going after that.

    Well done on writing your own book – that’s great. Lucinta is pretty cute isn’t it!

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    July 22, 2016 at 10:16 am

Ann

 

Hi Jacqueline

Could you do an Alice-Miranda in India book?

Kind Regards

Ann

August 4, 2016 at 8:03 pm

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