November 15, 2015

UK, Hong Kong and China Tour – what a wonderful 6 weeks!

Hello Everyone,

I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to England, Scotland, Hong Kong and China where I visited loads of schools and had some fantastic events.

We started in England where the weather was absolutely glorious. There is nothing quite like England in the sunshine and we had lots of it. It was great fun to visit all the schools and we also hosted our very first High Tea at a stunning place called Moor Park Mansion.  Brilliantly organised by three very special friends; Shirley Drummond, Sheryl Shurville from Chorleywood Bookshop and Sue Partridge (Sales & Marketing Manager) from Moor Park Mansion, it was a huge treat to entertain 100 very excited guests in such a stunning place.

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Sue, Sheryl and Shirley
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High Tea at Moor Park

We were also fortunate to get to two of the recent World Cup Rugby matches at Twickenham; Australia versus England and Australia versus Wales. They were both incredibly exciting – the atmosphere was like nothing I’d ever been to before and even better, Australia was victorious both times. The English and Welsh spectators was so gracious in defeat – their sportsmanship was something to be admired.

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Israel Folau warming up – look how high he is                                        from the ground!
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Line out
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Winners are grinners!

All up we visited 27 schools across the UK, Hong Kong and China. I presented 53 sessions in addition to 2 bookshop events and the High Tea.It was a whirlwind and we managed a week off to play golf in Scotland and do some sightseeing in China.

Many of you know that I love to play golf. Our week in Scotland was incredible – not least of all because the weather was sunny almost the whole time (that’s a little bit rare!), We played five games in 6 days at some very famous courses including Prestwick, The Renaissance, Gleneagles, Carnoustie and The Old Course at St Andrew’s. My playing partners, Ian, Phil and Shane were perfect gentlemen and we had a great competition going between us. In the end Ian and I tied with Phil and Shane for the coveted RWC Golf Championship Cup! I had some pretty amazing holes including scoring a birdy at Gleneagles and an eagle at St Andrew’s. That was my first eagle anywhere in the world so I will remember that for the rest of my life (and I imagine I could play that course every day for the rest of my life and still not do it again!).

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We had a brilliant time in Hong Kong and I was thrilled to hold my first ever bookshop event at Bookazine. We had a lovely crowd on a Sunday afternoon and hosted the event in conjunction with Room to Read, followed by four school visits on Monday and Tuesday.

We then headed off to China. The two cities we visited, Shanghai and Beijing are enormous and both have populations which are larger than the whole of Australia. It’s difficult to imagine 26 million people all in the same city – but that’s the size of Shanghai. In Australia we only have 22 million altogether. The traffic is pretty crazy and at one point we asked our guide if the road rules were mostly ‘just a suggestion.’ She laughed and agreed. Given the number of people it’s amazing we only saw one accident and it was just a minor bingle between two taxis. 

Shanghai is incredibly modern and has some of the most astonishing architecture in the world. We took a trip to the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower (the locals just call it the television tower). It’s gorgeous, especially at night when it turns pink. I was terrified walking out on the glass viewing platform – but it seemed I wasn’t alone as many other tourists looked to be just as scared, clutching the railings and inching their way across the floor for a photograph before leaping back onto the inside pathway.

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Oriental Pearl Television Tower

The city stretches on forever in every direction.

We visited The Bund which is a lovely area along the river and went to a gorgeous garden called Yuyuan which was created in 1559.

The Shanghai museum is fabulous and free – you get a wonderful sense of Chinese history and culture there.

Beijing is really different to Shanghai. It has more history and has been the seat of Chinese government for many years, whereas Shanghai is the economic heart of the country. We visited Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City – which stretches on and on and on – you really don’t think it will ever end. We also saw The Summer Palace which is built around an enormous lake. Unfortunately the smog had really closed in that day and it was difficult to see all the views.

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Tienanmen Square Beijing

When the wind came up in the afternoon, there were men flying kites on rigs resembling something you’d use for game fishing.  We had the opportunity to see a show as well in a place called Happy Valley which was a bit like a Chinese version of Disneyland.

The show was called Golden Mask Dynasty and it had the most incredible costumes and staging. I could never have imagined the flood of water that crashed down on the stage – it had both of us completely awestruck.

Our final day of touring saw us at the Great Wall of China in a place called Mutianyu. It was incredible – and still hard to imagine that at it’s peak was 10,000 kilometres long. It’s not that long now as many sections have collapsed and there were intervening wars where areas were destroyed. I did find it a little disconcerting that we arrived at the lovely new tourist centre at Mutianyu where among the traditional markets and shops there was a Burger King – a bastion of the West and similarly right near the chairlift was a Subway.  Apparently up until a couple of years ago there was a Macdonalds in the Forbidden City.  I was glad that it wasn’t there anymore. It just didn’t seem right at all.

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The Great Wall of China

One of the best things about visiting China was catching up with one of my former colleagues and good friend, Shannon O’Dwyer. Ms O’Dwyer was a young teacher who came to work at Abbotsleigh when I was Deputy Head of Junior School. Not too many years later she’s now the Head of BISS (Beijing International School) – where the joy and love of learning is evident from the moment we walked up to the front gate. We had the most amazing time working with her students and staff. Shannon had gone to so much trouble preparing the children for our visit. She even had her own Alice-Miranda cut out made and the most gorgeous banners too. The saddest part was that it was all over too soon – but at least we got to spend a few hours together the following day and then had dinner with Ian and Shannon’s lovely husband Dom.

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One of the best things about travelling is meeting people – be they old friends or new friends that we’ve made along the way.

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It was wonderful to come home of course but I’m already plotting and planning for the next adventure. In the meantime I think Alice-Miranda and her friends might just take a trip to the Orient – Hong Kong and China perhaps :).

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Comments

maya

 

oh, yay, I think i’m the first to blog to this, I think! wow, Ms Harvey, it sounds like you had an amazing time going on all these adventures! It’s really hilarious that there was a McDonalds, burger king and subway in the forbidden city! it sounds very out of place there. it’s Kind of silly that such an old and historic place would have a modern fast food shop! ha ha! Which teams did you go for in the soccer games?

maya

November 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Maya,

    It was all amazing. We were going for the Wallabies – Australia – as it was the Rugby World Cup (Rugby Union). We made it all the way to the final then were beaten by the All Blacks (New Zealand) who really deserved to win. Yes the historic places and fast food outlets just didn’t match for me either.

    Have a great week.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    November 16, 2015 at 7:30 am

      maya

       

      Oh, yeah! i should have realised it was played with a football, not soccer ball as the players were trying to catch it with their hands in one shot! ha ha, how silly of me! lol!

      November 16, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Katie Bishop

     

    Hi Ms Harvey, I am glad you had a good trip. When I went to St Petersburg,Russia I also saw a McDonald’s. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. By the way with the latest competition when we send pictures in, may we send in more than one? With love from Katie Bishop

    December 15, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Jacqueline Harvey

       

      Hi Katie,

      I would love to go to St Petersburg – that would be amazing. I think it would be strange seeing a Macdonalds there as well. Yes that’s fine about the competition.

      Best wishes,
      Jacqueline

      December 18, 2015 at 10:09 am

Shannon O'Dwyer

 

Come back! It was too brief!

Thank you for the very touching, too-kind words. A friendship that picks up where we left off is a treasure, indeed. A special memory of a wonderful time with a generous, talented friend and famous author.

Not a day goes by when a BISS student doesn’t ask, “Where is Jacqueline Harvey?” In international schools, new friends arrive on any day of the year. I think the little ones believed you were a permanent member of the community. Lots of students reading AM and C-R books in the lobby & on the bus this month, as BISS sold out of books in 1 day!

Lots of love and sincere thanks for sharing your time and talent, on this day, and always.

Shannon O’Dwyer
Friend & Fan
Elementary School Principal
Beijing BISS International School

November 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Thanks Shannon – I agree – it was over way too quickly. I wish we had spent the week with you! Next time. I’ve had a couple of your lovely students writing to me – they can report back to the other children. I hope they enjoy their books and glad you weren’t lumbered with a pile!

    We loved visiting and our friendship is a treasure xxx

    November 16, 2015 at 7:28 am

Rachael

 

No way! I was in Hong Kong 4 weeks ago!

November 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    We might have overlapped I think! Hope you had a great time 🙂

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    November 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Jessie

     

    How was Hong Kong?

    November 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Jacqueline Harvey

       

      Hong Kong was fantastic! It’s such a vibrant city. I love the food and the culture – the little back alleys and the shops. Best of all the people are fabulous.

      November 29, 2015 at 9:04 pm

        Megan Lindsay

         

        Happy New Year Jacqueline,
        We loved having you visit to our school in Hong Kong and the books are still hot property – a very nice legacy to your fabulously written books!
        Are you coming back to Hong Kong next year? We would love to see you back at German Swiss International School!
        best
        megan

        January 14, 2016 at 12:47 pm

          Jacqueline Harvey

           

          Hi Megan,

          Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for writing on the blog – it was great to visit last year and yes I am planning a visit in 2016. I’ll email you as I need to get the dates locked in really soon. I’ll be in touch in the next few days and thankyou for saying such lovely things about the books :).

          Best wishes,
          Jacqueline

          January 18, 2016 at 11:45 am

Saboor

 

I hope you had a great time at London have you heard about the Paris attacks and when did you come back ….???????

November 16, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Charlotte

 

What books are you working on at the moment?

November 18, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Emily

     

    Her newest book is Alice Miranda in the outback, but I don’t think it was out yet when u posted this comment

    May 17, 2020 at 10:52 am

Alexis

 

Hi Jacqueline

I’m a really BIG fan and I would love to hear some ideas from you and your editor about the Alice-Miranda ‘s’ you’ve been working on sometimes I will start the book and finish them the next day!!!! So hope you can reply back

Love,Alexis ❤️

November 25, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Alexis,

    I am currently working on Alice-Miranda to the Rescue which is about a puppy farm and dog show – it’s a big mystery as always. I have also been working on Clementine Rose and the Special Promise which will be out 1 January. Alice-Miranda will be out 1 February. Hope you’re enjoying the last weeks of school for the year.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline x

    November 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Alexis,

    We’ve just sent Alice-Miranda to the Rescue to the printers last week. It is about a lost pup, an evil enterprise, a dog show, some very funny dog people and a wedding! I’m about to start writing a new book soon. Not sure what it’s going to be about so I’ll hold fire telling you just yet.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    December 13, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Jessie

 

Your stories are amazing! I can just felt like I was in the book, watching the scenes! I hope you will write more books! Out of all the books in the series, what book do you like best and why?…

November 28, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Jessie,

    I don’t have a favourite book or a favourite character. I like lots of things about each of them. It’s great that you can visualise the stories as when I write them I do that too.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    November 29, 2015 at 9:01 pm

saboor

 

hi Jacqueline
have you ever been to tallebudgera in the gold coast
year 4 is going to it for camp
promise to tell you about it
funny thing is that its on the last week of school 3 days 2 nights

saboor

December 2, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Saboor,

    Yes I have been to Tallebudgera – I went to a camp there a few years back! It was great fun. Hope you enjoy it and what fun to be ending school on camp.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    December 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Ivy

 

Wow that’s awesome I love to travel around the world I just love seeing new things

December 6, 2015 at 9:00 am

Miranda

 

Dear Ms Harvey,
I hope you had an amazing time on your trip in England,Scotland,Hong Kong and China. My friends and I really want to know more about the knew book Alice-Miranda to the rescue I think it is called.

December 7, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Miranda,

    Alice-Miranda to the Rescue is about a lost puppy and a dog show, a wedding and all the hilarious things that could go wrong when you bring people, animals, a Bridezilla and lots of children together. I will post something on the blog soon about the book too.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    December 13, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Denae

 

Dear Mrs Harvey,
For my recent 11th Birthday, I received a Alice-Miranda in the Alps from my older sister and i have already finished it. It was Awesome!!!! I love the bit where Nina’s opa is kidnapped by the people working for Frau Doerflinger. You said to me once that you would be coming to Hobart next March. I was curious when and where it will be???
Lots of love and admiration,
From your #1 A.M fan, Denae Vanderplas.

December 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Denae,

    I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the book – and thanks for telling me about your favourite part too. I’ll be in Hobart sometime in March but I’m yet to finalise the dates. It will be on my website soon.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    December 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Lola

 

Hi Jacqueline,

I love your books so much!

I have a few questions (and requests!) that I would appreciate if you answered.

My first point to discuss is I would just like to ask you where you get the inspiration for your books. I am a budding author and I would love to know the answer to this one if it is not too much trouble!

Secondly, can you please tell me what you think of this paragraph I have written. I am 11 years old if that helps give you an idea. This is the paragraph:

I looked outside, and tears came to my eyes. Tears of happiness. Tears of joy. I am so happy. Why, you may ask. Well I have just found out that I have been accepted into to the school of my dreams! It makes me jump for joy! I will have lots of new friends! I will be the best in my class, I know it! I just can’t wait until January until I leave for the school. The uniform is gorgeous! It is a skirt that is long enough to reach my knee, it is so classy!
“Daphne come here.” I hear my father yell.
I run down the stairs.
“Daphne, it’s about your school. I have some more news..”
My fingers tremble, with the thought of the suspense.
“You…. have been accepted into the boarding program!”
I smile, nothing could make this day any better.

I appreciate you reading it so much and I absolutely understand if you don’t have time to give me feedback. I hope you like it, I produced it during one of my writing extension lessons. Do tell me if you enjoy it.
On that note my friend who is also in writing extension has produced a paragraph. Would you mind if you provide feedback on it as well? (I totally understand if not.)

I have made a big mistake. I have started to drown in the pool of still, shallow water I used to walk on. It doesn’t matter if anything else happens now, despite being the best swimmer in my school grade I can’t swim my way out of this river. Not any more.
I have made one mistake to many an now I wish I could just fall into a hole and never come out. Now that I think of it not just any hole, a rabbit hole that could take me to wonderland.

Our task was too write the introduction and create a bit of suspense, but if you could no longer create the rest of the story then it would have to be the ending. So basically write a piece of writing with a satisfactory ending but you wish there was more. My friend is 10 and a quarter. Please give them both a score out of ten and mention if you think we ever have the opportunity to become an author, we both were wondering that, now that it is the holidays should we start writing a novel and try to publish it.

Finally, I was wondering if Alice-Miranda will ever start to experience puberty and you will reference it! I am 11 years old now so going through this stage and I was talking to my friends and we were thinking that maybe in the next books you write you could maybe reference some pubic hair possibly or sexual thoughts, just so people know that other people go through it as well. It doesn’t have to be a big deal maybe just a mere Alice-Miranda looked down and saw a hair down there or Alice-Miranda develops a crush and her friends say Alice-Miranda you must be going through puberty how exciting. It is just I know that I have a spoken to over 15 friends and we would all like to see this happen because we are all going through puberty and if someone who influences how we look at a lot of life, in this case Alice-Miranda showed us it was exciting it would be great. It doesn’t have to be a major topic in your next story, like I said earlier, maybe just a reference. Obviously if it is too hard then don’t worry. I think it would be relevant though because Alice-Miranda is coming to that age where she should be beginning or being in the midst of it! I think it would be great for younger children, 8 year olds possibly to read this reference in a book they love, for this to happen because they are often in the beginning stages of it.

Thankyou for taking the time to read this and I sincerely hope you can reply, however if it is too much trouble then don’t worry of course.
You are an amazing author! My favourite of course!
Lots of Love,
Lola
P.S Thankyou so much for reading this I really appreciate it! Thankyou for being an amazing author!

December 13, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Dear Lola,

    Thanks for your message – you’ve obviously put a lot of thought into your questions and I commend you for that.

    I get inspired by lots of things. Travel, things I see on television, sometimes articles in the newspaper. I’m a bit like a bower bird, always gathering and collecting ideas – I always have a notebook with me because you never know what you’re going to experience – and take lots of photos too. The idea for Alice-Miranda in the Alps grew out of a trip we took and also a story my husband was told by an elderly chap he met years ago in Zermatt who told him all about the smuggling across the border during the war. It seemed like a great idea and then I did some research and found that smugglers are still about today!

    Your writing is lovely and you’ve done a great job of creating excitement and a sense of anticipation. Your friend’s writing is terrific too.

    In answer to your question about Alice-Miranda and puberty, well I’ve been thinking about that a lot and as she’s still quite young – remember she’s three years younger than Jacinta, it’s more likely I would have Jacinta mention something or perhaps even Millie – although Alice-Miranda would be ever so sensible about it and not afraid of growing up. It’s wonderful that you and your friends are talking about growing up – it happens to all of us and you can’t stop it! I have been thinking that perhaps Jacinta and Lucas are more likely to have stronger feelings toward one another but I also have to take into account that the readership of the books tends to be a really broad age range so I don’t want to introduce anything too contentious. Maybe there will be an innocent kiss one day!

    Thanks for your questions – it sounds like you and your friends are a sensible bunch indeed. I hope you continue to enjoy the stories. You are very kind.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    PS Sorry it took such a long time to reply. It’s been a hectic year 🙂

    January 18, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Lia

 

Hi Mrs Harvey,
I have some ideas for new ideas in your next Alice-Miranda book. Would you take them into consideration if I emailed them.
Sincerely,
Lia xx

December 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Katie Bishop

 

Hi Ms Harvey, I have a question to ask about the latest competition when we send pictures, may I send more than one? With love from Katie X0X0☺

December 15, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Katie,

    You can enter more than once 🙂

    Have a lovely Christmas and I hope you enjoy your holidays.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline x

    December 18, 2015 at 10:08 am

Rose

 

Hi, Jacqueline.

I have been working on this piece of writing all term and I was wondering if you could help give feed back.
I looked out the window. Tears came to my eyes. Tears of joy. I was so happy! I jumped for joy. I had just found out I had been accepted into the school of my dreams. I smiled from cheek to cheek. I smiled for miles. Then I heard daddy call out:
“Elizabeth come her”
My fingers trembled thinking of the suspense
Had I not actually been accepted and it was just a mixup?
Then he said:
“You have been accepted into the boarding program.”
My heart leapt for joy.
Thankyou, I have spent hours on it, well the whole term really so I hope you like it. Do you think I am able to win writing competitions, as I am entering many and I want to know my chances. That one I just showed you is my best work!
Also, standards wise I am 11 years old.
Sincerely,
Rose

December 15, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Rose,

    Well done with your writing. It’s heartfelt and I think you should definitely enter competitions. They are a good way to focus your work. I can’t say whether you will win or not and writing is very subjective (meaning that some people will love something and others won’t like it at all – it happens to professional writers all the time!) but you’ll never know unless you enter.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    December 18, 2015 at 10:13 am

Rose

 

Hi,
I think you are the most amazing author i know and i love all your books and i appreciate the time you are taking to read this. Now into one of my two suggestions for your next Alice-Miranda book. Now Alice-Miranda is getting older and going through that time of growing and changing and i understand if you dont like this idea but i think the book would be more relatable to your readers, i dont mind if it is only a snip-it of growing and changing or the whole book i really dont mind mind but i would honestly prefere it to be the whole book. My second idea is that in one of your upcoming books to have to new girls coming to her school and they should either be twins or best friends from coming from their old school. If you did me and my friends were deciding on some names for these characters and their names will be Paris and Ariane because they are very pretty names. You dont have to use these names like i have said but its not only decided these names i made a survey with the names:Daphne, Charlotte, Ariane, Paris, Scarlett, Celeste, Lola, Amanda, Tia, Lia, Rose, Mia, Maya, Samantha, Diana and many more and our grade liked Ariane and Paris far more than any of the other names.
Thank you for reading this it is much appreciated. Love your biggest fan, Rose.

December 17, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Rose,

    Thanks for all your great suggestions. Alice-Miranda is definitely growing up but Jacinta more so. I appreciate your ideas and thanks for the lovely list of names too. I’m going to send Alice-Miranda and Jacinta off on an adventure to China – so you never know what might happen there. I’m also planning a new series – I can’t say too much about it at the moment but I think you’ll like some of the ideas.

    Have a great Christmas and enjoy your holidays.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    December 18, 2015 at 10:15 am

Lily

 

Hi, love your books soo much. Love Lily

December 18, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Lily,

    Thanks for your very kind words. It’s lovely to know that you enjoy the books. Have a great Christmas.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    December 18, 2015 at 10:07 am

Rosa

 

Hi Jacqueline,
You are an amazing author!
I was wondering if you are still going to make an Alice-Miranda tv show and if so have the cast already been chosen? If not will there be a chance for me to audition? Thankyou so much for reading this and I really appreciate it.
Love your biggest fan-
Rosa

December 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Rosa,

    The television show is still ticking along – these things take ages! I will post any updates on my blog and in the newsletter as soon as I know anything. I am crossing my fingers there could be news early this year.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

Denae

 

Dear Mrs Harvey,
I have read Alice-Miranda in the Alps three whole times now and it’s so gripping. In the book, you write that there are only 2 hotels in Switzerland. Is that a real fact or, did you make it up so Frau Doerflinger wanted to buy one more hotel and then Otto would be the self-proclaimed king of St.Morizt and Zermatt?

I know that you used to work in a boarding school yourself.
So I just wanted to ask you what a normal day is like in boarding school or even in AM’s boarding school. I am asking you this because I am writing a chapter book about a girl called Ruby Bellamy-Bosh and it’s her first time at boarding school. Since I have never been or known someone who goes to boarding school I thought I should ask you.
Maybe I could email you the couple first chapters…

Heaps of love and admiration,
Denae Vanderplas.
XXX Have a great Christmas!!!

PS.It would be cool if there was an AM Christmas book and it could be called Alice-Miranda and the Christmas Chaos!

PSS. I am so excited about Alice-Miranda to the Rescue and Clementine Rose and the Special Promise coming out. All the best for finishing them, as it must be quite stressful!!

December 21, 2015 at 10:35 am

saboor

 

hi jacquline
2 weeks ago i posted;

hi Jacqueline
have you ever been to tallebudgera in the gold coast
year 4 is going to it for camp
promise to tell you about it
funny thing is that its on the last week of school 3 days 2 nights

and you said you had which camp was it
saboor

December 21, 2015 at 11:35 am

saboor

 

sorry for spelling your name wrong sometimes i send you an e-mail and i spell Jacqueline wrong and it does not work

sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry

have a merry Christmas
saboor

December 21, 2015 at 11:38 am

Miranda

 

Dear Ms Harvey,
I hope you have had a lovely Christmas. I personally think that Roses idea is good but instead of Alice-Miranda I think Sloane or Jacinta would be better. Though I think Sloane would be better because you already included a bit of Jacinta growing in book 8.
Yours Sincerely,
Miranda

December 26, 2015 at 10:11 am

Rose

 

Dear Jacqueline,
What is happening with the movie/television for Alice-Miranda. Have you already done the casting? If not am I able to try out? Thankyou so much! You are a great author.
Love from Rose

December 26, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Madison

     

    Dear Rose,
    thank you so much for letting me know about the Alice Miranda movie/TV show! I really hope you and I get to be in the play together! Imagine if we’re Alice-Miranda or Jacinta! it would be so much fun to be together!
    I hope you reply!
    From, Madison, aka, Madi
    PS: I hope we have a friendship!

    December 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

Madison

 

Oh my! What a lovely holiday! you know, I must tell you about the time when my Mummy and Daddy took me and my little brother, -who is younger than me by 2 years- Everett, all the way to America! My trip was about
either 6 or 12 hours. (it was a while ago!) we travelled to Las Vegas (we only stayed a day, it was too hot), Sa
Francisco, Disney Land, Universal Studios,(Water Works) Fisherman’s Pier (39), and much, much more! When we went to Disney Land, we stayed in a house just across it! All we had to do was walk across- Which only took 5 minutes- and we arrived! When we were staying at Disney Land, we stayed for 2 days and 1 night. My holiday was simply MARVELLOUS! (I’m sure I would have gotten detention if I talked that long to Miss Grimm about my holiday!) From, Madison Belle Orchid Pembroke-Pereira (Madison Grace Shu-en Pereira)

December 30, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Madison,

    It sounds like you had a great holiday too. We are hoping to take our nephews and nieces to Disneyland in a couple of years. I have never been before and I think you have to go there with children – it would be more fun! I love your Alice-Miranda name too.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline
    PS Your email address has bounced which means that although I have sent emails to you, they are bouncing back to me. Could you send me another email at news@jacquelineharvey.com.au so I can try to sort it out.

    January 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Madison

 

(It meant to be San Francisco)

December 30, 2015 at 9:21 am

Madison

 

Dear Jaqueline Harvey,
from Rose’s blog, I have found out that there is a movie/TV show of Alice-Miranda. I am a good actor, because I am one of the top in my drama class, and am not fussy with the costumes (Only if it’s itchy!) I would looove to take the role of Alice Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennigton -Jones! Here. Let me type one of the line I have been
practicing, dearly. “Goodbye, Mummy. Please try to be brave.” I will say this with expression, and will try to block out my hazel-ness. I am the most highest actress in my Drama at school, and I know one day I will be
the Captain and maybe, even later, I will act live! when I was acting, once I got the main character in the play!
I hope I will get to audition!
Yours Dearly, Madison Pereira

December 30, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Madi,

    I’ll publish any news about the television series as soon as I know more. It sounds like you love acting. I think if I was a little girl again I might go into acting too. I’ve just finished recording the first five books as audio books with lots of voices and I LOVED it. It was great fun.

    Enjoy the rest of your holidays.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 18, 2016 at 11:50 am

Tayla

 

Dear Jacqueline,

I have read all of your Alice Miranda books and got all of them too. I really enjoyed them and can’t wait for the next one to come out. I hope you never stop writing the series.

Have you already casted the roles for the Alice Miranda tv show? If you haven’t could I try out for one? Thank you.

From your #1 fan,
Tayla

January 5, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Tayla,

    I don’t think I’m going to stop writing Alice-Miranda’s adventures anytime soon. I love her and her friends. The show is still in early development and I hope to be able to tell everyone some news soon. Watch the blog and website and I promise that I’ll let everyone know when there is something to tell.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 5, 2016 at 8:20 pm

Maya Kalodikis

 

Dear Ms Harvey,
I am so excited for the next Alice-Mirand book! Isn’t it coming out first of february or somewhere near then? I have been waiting for it since the last book came out. Could you hint as toil there is any Lucas and Jacinta romance? Because they are back at school so the two schools aren’t always together all the time. I’m so looking forward to it! Merry christmas and Happy new year!

From Maya

January 5, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Maya,

    Yes the new book is out on 1 February and there is are a few funny things that happen with Jacinta and Lucas. I am thinking that things might get a little more serious down the track :). Hope you had a lovely Christmas and all the best for a wonderful 2016.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 5, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Maya Kalodikis

       

      YAY! So excited! Thank you for replying! How many other books do you think you’ll be writing in the AM series! And if you finish the series how do you think you would as there isn’t a huge mystery connecting all the other mysteries like there was in harry potter so how would it end? I hope it doesn’t though. Just curious. My friends birthday is on the first of February and she’s a huge AM fan as well. I know he’s psyched for the new book as well. Also, how old are all the characters? I know Jacinta is 12 turning 13 and Sloane is the same but she repeated. Alice-Miranda is 8 turning 9, i think. I know Sep is older than Sloane and Jacinta so if he and Lucas are in the same class would that mean Lucas and Sep are both the same age and older than the girls? Millie is eleven turning 12 i think. Sorry for the long message!

      Maya

      Maya

      January 7, 2016 at 5:44 pm

Alicia

 

Hi Jacqueline,

I come from china and i was very surprised when i learnt that you went to beijing,…where i was born and hong kong where my friend was born and where she went for a holiday just a few weeks ago!

I have a few questions for you about china,

Firstly, how did you communicate with children in china?

Also, what chinese phrases did you learn there?

And suggestion,

Perhaps on the fiftenth book you should introduce a new character that is starting at Fayle school for boys, since There have been quite a lot of girls recently joining Winchester.

Sorry for this long message but,

A few questions on the book…..

Is fayle a secondary school as well?

And how old is Lucas and what year is he in? Is he older or younger than Jacinta?

Thank you for your time replying to this,

Alicia

January 6, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Maya Kalodikis

     

    Hi Alicia, this is Maya which i think you may be able to tell already. I really love your idea about making Lucas jealous for once instead of Jacinta. Maybe there could be a character who could push them together, you know, light the fire! One of my best friends was born in Beijing too. I also have writer fantasies and am actually writing a fan fiction on my fave T.V show and one of my favorite book series. Like you said, maybe a new boy could be starting at Fayle, and maybe he should have a connection with one of the characters. Like maybe Caprice’s brother or better yet, one of Lucas’s relatives and they could like Jacinta. Then maybe a school dance or something else could add to the spice.

    Maya

    January 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Alicia

       

      Thank you Maya for those splendid ideas!

      I really agree with you for the school dance! And im thinking that the boy that likes Jacinta should be there for the rest of the series!

      I mean maybe the boy could be jacintas childhood friend and he promised her that they would meet again one day when she had to move away due to Ambrosias Gloss and Goss shooting.

      I was thinking that jacinta could actually like the boy and forgot lucas and lucas could get really jealous….etc.

      Well at least until jacinta realises who she really loves!

      So, maya…..im writing a book too!

      A a question for you,

      What is your fav tv show and book?

      Mine in Harry Potter, alice miranda is a pretty close second …..and i dont really watch tv that much so…..i actually watch anime and read manga.

      Im so glad i met a fellow lucinta fan! I wish one day we could meet each other in real life!

      From yr fellow lucinta fan,

      Alicia

      January 8, 2016 at 11:29 am

        Alicia

         

        Hi maya…

        I only just realized that you wrote fnafiction instead of book! Whoops!

        I read a lot of fanfiction too! Though im not allowed to write one!

        Tell me yr fanfiction name and i will read yr fanfic when you finish the fanfiction…..

        Supporting mayas fanfic,

        Alicia

        January 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm

          maya kalodikis

           

          dear Alicia,
          that’s a great idea, the whole Jacinta’s childhood friend thing. And she should like him swell and lucas gets ultra jealous! then she realises that Lucas is the one for her and then her and The boy are really great friends. You have amazing ideas! its awesome that ur writing a book! i wish i could read it! My fave t.v show is hands down girl meets world! the best. I have sonny fave book series. Skulduggery pleasant, harry potter, alice-miranda, percy jackson are all amazing but AM is the best. what are yours? My fan fiction isn’t actually on the internet. I’ve got a plot for it but i haven’t started writing it yet. I’m currently doing a girl meets world crossed with percy jackson fanfic. But i am starting writing it a soon as possible. i can tell you the plot or the blurb for it if you like. It’s called Alice-Miranda in hawaii.

          From fellow Lucinta fan

          maya

          January 10, 2016 at 9:13 pm

          Alicia

           

          Hi maya,

          My absolute favourite book is Harry Potter…………I have read the whole series 47 times…..not kidding!

          I have also read percy jackson…..its pretty good! Though not my fav!

          If you liked Harry Potter and Percy jackson you should read the following,

          House of secrets, J.K. Rowling recommends it!

          Artemis Fowl…….a really gripping story!

          Hunger games, hey dont watch the movie, read the book!

          Just to name a few!

          Dork diaries is the total opposite of alice miranda, which is why i am suggesting this………..seems weird huh?

          Mmmmm…….i am also going to try watching hands down girl meets world!

          Your fanfic sounds absolutely thrilling, who knows? One day we might be working together writing books?!

          From a bookaholic,

          Alicia

          January 11, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Alicia,

    I worked in schools that were either bilingual or International Schools where the children spoke English. I must admit that I didn’t learn many phrases – my Mandarin is very poor! Fayle goes all the way through high school. Lucas is the same age as Jacinta so he’s in Year 7.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 18, 2016 at 2:02 pm

Denae Vanderplas

 

Dear Mrs Harvey,

I have read Alice-Miranda in the Alps three whole times now and it’s so gripping. In the book, you write that there are only 2 hotels in Switzerland. Is that a real fact or, did you make it up so Frau Doerflinger wanted to buy one more hotel and then Otto would be the self-proclaimed king of St.Morizt and Zermatt?

I cannot wait for AM to the rescue to come out! When will a preview be available?? In AM to the Rescue is there going to be new students at Fayle or WD???
I thought it would be cool if you could have an online or even one in each capital city of Aussie book club. Girls like me could all read a book and then talk about it together . . . ???

Heaps of love and admiration,
Denae Vanderplas.

January 8, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Denae,

    I don’t think I said there were only two hotels in the whole of Switzerland (that’s definitely not true) but I only wrote about two of them. The two hotels that feature are the most beautiful in the towns they are in so that’s why Otto would be the self proclaimed King of Zermatt and St Moritz – because he would own the two best hotels.

    Alice-Miranda to the Rescue will be out at the end of January – officially released on the 1st February. I am not sure if there is a preview on the Random House website yet but there might be. There are no new students this time but there are lots of fun new characters in the village.

    I love the idea of the bookclub – leave it with me and I’ll see what I can do – I might talk to my publisher about it too.

    Hope you get to read the new book really soon.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline xx

    January 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Allie

 

I live Hong Kong, but unfortunately, I was on holiday when you were in Hong Kong. I hope that you will distribute more books to Hong Kong. They are always sold out!

January 10, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Allie,

    Please let Bookazine know that you are keen to get more books and I will follow up with the publisher too. I am coming back to Hong Kong this year – probably late September so look out for news on my events pages or on the newsletter. Hope to meet you next time.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 18, 2016 at 11:47 am

Maya Kalodikis

 

Dear Alicia,

Yes i forgot to put in the hunger games! i love that too! I also love house of secrets, i’ve read the first two books. It actually not called hands down girl meet world, i was just trying to say that it was, hands down, the best ever. It’s actually just called girl meets world. I’ll look for the other series you suggested! i’ve read first two dork diaries book and they are awesome too! you ansi have simelar taste in books! it would be awesome if we write a book together!

January 12, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Alicia

     

    Hi maya,

    Ok…..wow we really do have similar tastes in books!

    I really want to tell you all the other fantastic reads i have read, but it would probably take like 2900 years to finish!

    After you finish artemis fowl i will probably tell you more books!

    It kinda sucks that we are only talking to each oth online, if i had met you at school, i a, sure we would have been the best of friends!

    But i seriously doubt us coincidentally meeting each other, i mean you could be living room in veitnam for all i know!

    Sigh, life isnt fair!

    I would totally love working on a book with u…….but……complications?…………………………u know!

    From,

    a fan of all good books……aka alicia

    January 13, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Holly

     

    Yesssss, House of Secrets is amazing! I recommended it to a friend and he absolutely fell in love with it! It’s a great both-gender series rather than Alice-Miranda, which is more for girls.

    August 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Rachel

 

What country does Alice Miranda live in? What an amazing trip you had! the closest I’ve ever been is Tasmania. keep on writing Alice Miranda books, and I promise to read every one! well, I’ll try at least.

January 16, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Rachel,

    I’ve never actually given Alice-Miranda a country as such. I think a lot of children believe she lives in England or something like it but then there are children from overseas who think it’s Australia. I want readers to make up their own minds. I will definitely keep on writing the books and I hope you continue reading them.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    PS I love Tasmania – it’s a great place.

    January 18, 2016 at 11:42 am

Maya Kalodikis

 

Hi Alicia!

Yeah, i’d love to hear more book suggestions. I’m going to try to get my hands on Artemis Fowl and read it asap. I definitely think that its a shame that we aren’t in the same school! then we’d be bff’s and a dynamic writing duo! But sadly it’s not to be. 🙁

My friend came up with really cute Lucinta moment! I’ve changed it and twisted it and taken the idea but written it myself. Full credit for this goes to my friend. I think i might ask if Ms Jacqueline Harvey can maybe put it in a book. I know that my friend would love it! i think i’ll suggest it and if she agrees i’ll tell my friend its part of her b’day present! I’m going to add in a couple of your ideas as well to the end, it’d going to go into my fan fiction. I’ll post it just now, i hope you like it!

It’s set on a plane on the way to another AM adventure. The are about to land and are all strapped into their seats. The children are all sitting in rows of three, behind each other. The partners are Jacinta next to the window, Lucas in the middle and Sep on the edge. He is listening to an informational audio book and Jacinta and Lucas are looking out the window to try and see as much as they can of the country. They have both been pointing things out, like famous buildings. Behind them is Millie at the window, snapping away with her camera, Alice-Miranda herself in the middle and Sloane on the edge.

“Gorgeous,” Lucas whispered and gasped in amazement. Jacinta’s eyes searched frantically out the window to try and find the marvellous sight her friend had seen.

“What is it?” Jacinta asked and frowned as she couldn’t find anything particularly spectacular. Lucas turned the colour of a fresh tomato and smiled his dazzling movie star grin. He fixed his gaze out the window so that they wouldn’t make eye contact.

“Your reflection in the glass.” He replied. Jacinta blushed and sighed. Not another word was shared between the two as they avoided each other’s eyes. In the row behind them the three girls’ conversation had shifted drastically from the facts in Millie’s guide book.

“Did you see that?” Millie rasped. Alice-Miranda nodded and giggled.

“Great. The last thing we need on this trip is that.” Sloane remarked. “Next thing we know is going to be that Alice-Miranda has a new cousin-in-law-to-be. Why doesn’t he just ask her out already and be done with it? Because, you know, if he doesn’t ask her soon someone else will. Like that new boy at Fayle, he’s had goo-goo eyes for her since day one. What’s his name? Cameron, wasn’t it?”

“Sloane, I think it’s lovely, I would really love it if one day they get married and then I’ll be related to Jacinta!” Alice-Miranda exclaimed excitedly.

“But Sloane’s right. That Cameron kid has had his eyes on Jacinta ever since he saw her. He’s weird, always has his eyes on her when she isn’t looking, it’s creepy.” Millie frowned.

“Cam isn’t weird, he’s very nice and it’s very sweet how he likes Jacinta. But he’ll just have to notice that she’s already taken and move on. Lucas and Jacinta obviously have their eyes on each other.” Alice-Miranda chattered.

“Oh, I don’t know, Alice-Miranda. There’s only so long a girl can stand to wait for one guy to ask her out and Lucas is extremely lucky she hasn’t lost interest yet. If he doesn’t ask her fast Cameron will, and I’m betting she’ll say yes. Haven’t you noticed that Jacinta has started to like Cameron too? Lucas definitely has, and I can tell from the looks on his face when he sees them together that he doesn’t like it.” Sloane pointed out.

There you go! Just a sneak peek! I hope you like it! Tell me any ideas you have! I can’t wait till I write this fanfic! It’ll be so fun!

Crazy Lucinta fanfiction writer- Maya

January 16, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Alicia

 

Omg maya hi!

That was exactly what i was thinking of a boy, who is in fayle and likes jacinta, and jacinta likes him back….a lottle bit and lucas being insanely jealous!

Perfect, u are a talented writer!

Just one suggestion……perhaps the boys name could be ethan…..im very superstitious when it comes to names…….ethan reminds me of a good looking giy with blond hair, while lucas reminds me of a brown haired guy.

AND ARE U REALLY GOING TO ADD MY IDEAS” thank u! Omg! It was always ,y dream to have my ideas in a friends book,

Im kinda running outta books so tell me which books i should read thanks!

From a happy am fan.

Alicka

January 16, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Maya Kalodikis

     

    Hi Alicia,

    Thank you so much! Of course i’ll make the boy’s name Ethan! He is your character after all! 😉 so blond hair and what colour eyes? I would love to add as many of your ideas as possible! You have amazing ideas. Some really good books I’ve read are Goosebumps, Spooksville, skulduggery pleasant, the secret garden, the maze runner and ruby redfort. I love all these books but it depends on what age you are and how good of a reader you are and if you like scary and action packed things.

    I’m thirteen turning fourteen in October and i don’t spook very easily and i don’t mind gory things. If you get squeamish or scared easily i don’t recommend skulduggery pleasant. if you get scared easily then don’t read spooksville or goosebumps. Ruby redfort is great for pre teen and over teen readers. the maze runner is a really great book but can be a tiny bit scary, i don’t think so but like i said, it depends on the reader. i love all these books and it all depends on what age you are and if you get scared easily.

    I also love the lord of the rings and the hobbit. Eragon is also really good, i’ve only read the first book and am looking for the others but i’ve seen the movie ( which is really bad compared to the book) and i think it’d pretty good. the Spiderwick Chronicles is really good, it’s also a movie! the heroes of Olympus are pretty good. I haven’t read all of them but i’ve started the first book and i like it. The inkheart series are pretty good too.

    What kind of movies do you like? The maze runner is a movie and spooksville is a show and goosebumps is a movie that’s coming out soon.

    P.S did you hear about Alan Rickman?! He died the day before yesterday from cancer! You know, he plays professor Snape in harry potter.

    an AM fan looking forward to february 1st 2016,
    Maya

    January 17, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Alicia

       

      Hi maya,

      Omg! We totally have the same taste in books! I mean i have finished reading heroes of olympus, spiderwick chronicles and the hobbit and ruby redofort!

      I am currently reading lord of the rings and maze runner!

      I am totally gonna try all yr suggestions!

      I know about alan rickman! All my friends were pestering me about it, because i love harry potter so much……but i already knew!

      So sad!

      Anyway……..im kinda younger than u …….you are the same age as my friend melissa…..i am 11 turning 12……AND YES, i am mature for my age!

      Ethan is going to be blond with blue eyes! If thats ok with you!

      To answer yr question…..i dont really watch movies…..so i dont have. A fav movie!

      I suggest for books, since yr like 2 yrs older than me, cinderella cleaners, its ok…..i guess………DEFINITELY NOT ONE IF MY FAVS….. U might not like it….bit just try it.

      From a friend,

      Alicia

      January 17, 2016 at 9:28 pm

        Jacqueline Harvey

         

        Hi Alicia and Maya,

        It sounds like you girls are going to be busy writing your stories. I love Lucinta by the way – I think I might have to use that in the books at some point :).

        Best wishes,
        Jacqueline

        January 18, 2016 at 12:32 pm

          Maya Kalodikis

           

          Hello Miss Harvey,

          Alicia and i have become very good friends now! I think that it’s great we can try to help each other with stories. I’m not sure bout Alicia but i know i’m so very busy at home with lots of reading and writing. I can’t imagine how busy you must be! I also really love the ship name we all came up with. It’s really lovely compared to some others I’ve heard. For example smarkle or ghanith. They are both some of my favorite couples but the names don’t exactly sound to appealing.

          Do you mean you’ll put the name Lucinta in the book? Like Millie makes it up to tease them with it or something? Cause that would be amazing! I know all Lucinta fans will absolutely love it! Do you think you might have any tips on writing for us? You are an amazing writer ( my favorite author and book series) and i think we’d both love some advice!

          Sorry for the long message. I think i’ll go back to reading now. I’m trying to re read the whole AM series by feb the first in order so when the new book comes out i’ll have gone through the whole story!

          Lots of admiration and lucinta-loving-insanity

          Maya

          January 19, 2016 at 3:02 pm

          Alicia

           

          yep maya and i are definitely turning into great friends!

          im really glad that i stumbled upon alice miranda!

          HEY if i hadnt where would i be now?

          from a am reader,
          Alicia

          January 20, 2016 at 8:06 pm

        Maya Kalodikis

         

        Hi Alicia!

        It’s so amazing how similar our taste of books is! I would not have guessed you were 11 turning twelve! you are so smart and mature for your age! i have a brother who is 10 turning eleven and he acts like a seven year old, my seven year old brother acts like a 5 year old and my four year old sister acts like a two year ole. My cousin who is also ten acts very mature as well. You remind me a lot of her.

        If you are having this many amazing ideas at this age imagine what you could do when your an adult! Of course i will make Ethan blonde with blue eyes! he is going to be a really great and important character. I think i might use him as a chance to look into Jacinta’s past with her parents a little deeper and also into Lucas’s. Maybe you could tell me a few characteristics that you’d like him to have. Things he likes and doesn’t like. Biggest fear. I’ll put it all in. Create your character, i’m actually going to put in another few new characters as well.

        I think that if Lucas is going to have some romance i’ll spice it up with Sep a bit too. A few overprotective siblings. I’m going to add myself into it as a different character, but i’m not going to do what some others do and make that character seem invincible. I’m going to do my best to write me like i am. True fact i have a huge fear of moths! I’m going to put that in. I was thinking i could make you part of it too. If you don’t mind that is. I’m not going to put in real names. Oh, could i have a last name for Ethan also please?

        My cover name will be something like Ariella and a long surname! If you’d like me to put you in it could you write a bit about yourself. Characteristics and a code name! I’m thinking since we’re so similar if you want, we could be Ethan’s twin sisters. I’m porobably going to put Jacinta’s dad into it as well and he wants to take her away and Ethan’s parents are also divorced and his mother wants him to go and live with her and it’s in the same village as where Jacinta’s father want her to live with him. Ethan says he’ll go ad so Jacinta has to choose who she will leave behind, Ethan or Lucas. DUN DUN DUN! Don’t worry i’m going to put Ethan back into it at the end so he will be a permanent character.

        Do you have any other ideas?I’d love to hear from you.

        A crazy person

        Maya

        January 19, 2016 at 2:52 pm

          Alicia

           

          hey maya! whats up?

          okay….so his name will be ETHAN CARTER

          he likes jacinta……….sports and competitions

          he dislikes homework and lucas

          he fears math ptoblems

          as for the twin sisters i was wondering of they could be three yrs old?
          the would be mini jacinta fans! they want to be jacinta when they grow up!

          Its ok if u dont want them to be so young….it is yr book after all!

          u dont really need to put me in the book! just say….a few ideas from a friend called alicia….or something! Nothing big!

          anyways//////thanks for agreeing to my slightly weird idea of ethan!

          Alicia

          January 20, 2016 at 8:03 pm

Zoe Logan

 

Hi Ms Harvey,

Alice Miranda are my favourite books. It was very interesting reading about your trip to Shanghai. I am about to move there with my family.
From Zoe L.

January 17, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Zoe,

    Wow – how exciting that you’re moving to Shanghai! It’s a fascinating city. So modern with the most amazing buildings. I hope you enjoy it. The next book I’m about to start writing (this afternoon I’m putting the first words to paper) will be set in China and probably in Shanghai a little bit too.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 18, 2016 at 11:41 am

India

 

Hi Ms Harvey,
I was just wondering if you could add a few things older readers like me would like? I know Alice-Miranda is only 8, but she is very smart and responsible! Maybe some romance like Maya suggested, because I enjoy reading books like that. Are you going to publish more books after no 14? I hope you do because Alice-Miranda is one of my favourite series.

From India

January 17, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Maya Kalodikis

 

Hi Alicia!

i just wrote down a character profile for Ethan Carter. He sounds great! Ok, so. I was thinking about putting in a character called Ariella who is Lucas’s cousin and god-sister on Lawrence Ridley’s side. She likes One of Lucas’s Best friends and he secretly likes her back but they don’t know they like each other and neither wants Lucas to know cause they think he might get mad. Can the two twin girls be her little sisters?

I was thinking that if they were Ethan’s sisters they would never have met Jacinta, they wouldn’t have been born yet. Ariella id going to be 13 as well but her and her sisters are going to know Jacinta because Lucas supposedly talks about her all the time. I’m going to put that in as a Lucinta moment. So the twin girls will be three and want to be just like Jacinta when they grow up. I’m going to put a relationship between Ariella and her sisters like i have with my four year old sister. I always get cranky at her for waking me up in the morning or going through my jewellery and make up.

Is that ok? Cause they are your characters. I will put you in the dedications. I’ll be all like, and to Alicia, my good online friend and fellow Lucinta and Alice-Miranda fan, who has helped me a lot with this story and allowed me to use her wonderful ideas.

I have to go now, my grandma wants me to paint a picture of santorini ( a greek island) on her back wall behind her pool. I’m going to need a lot of paint and a very high stepladder! Maybe some rock climbing eqipment too!

From a fellow Lucinta fan and crazy person
maya

January 21, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Alicia

     

    Hi maya,

    Well of course thats ok! It is yr book after all!

    so maybe ariella could like sep or someone like that? You have thought of some really good idead to the original storyline!

    This reply is going to be short, and reply to this one the newest update on the blog, i wont be checking this update on the blog anymore!

    And thanks again maya…..for being a good online friend….

    And wow! You are actually allowed to paint on walls? Haha! My mum would freak if i did something like that!

    From a not allowed to paint on walls person,

    Alicia

    January 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

      redberry07

       

      Hi Alicia and Maya,
      I was wondering if you could share with me the links for your fanfictions? It sounds just amazing and I am soon to be posting a Lucinta fanfiction too on my Fanfiction.net username, redberry07. If you could comment on a story or Private Message me with a link, I would be super grateful! I promise I would never copy the story. I am too much of a fan to do that!
      From, redberry07

      August 18, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Rachel

 

It would be so cool if you made a Alice Miranda TV series. Either acted or cartoon. That would be so cool! and if Kids liked the TV series they would read your books more!

January 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Thanks Rachel – the books have been optioned to be a television series so fingers crossed I might have some exciting news soon.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    January 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Rachel

 

Awesome! I hope to see it!

January 31, 2016 at 4:48 pm

Harriet Gleeson

 

Hi Jacqueline Harvey
my name is Harriet Gleeson and I am a fan of your clementine rose books. I have from 1 to 9 of your clementine rose books I am hoping to get 10 and 11 of the clementine rose books for my birthday in may.
I like the Alice Miranda books to but I have only read up to number 3 I am reading number 4 now.
I hope you right some more clementine rose books.
from Harriet.

February 29, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Harriet

    So pleased that you are enjoying reading about the books. I am just finishing the editing of Clementine Rose and the Paris Puzzle, which is the 12th book in the series. I have recently agreed to write 14 Clemmie’s in total- but I love the characters and have so many ideas swirling around in my head, I’m sure you will be able to read about the girls’ adventures for awhile.

    Best wishes

    Jacqueline

    March 3, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Asha

 

I really like your blog, at school we have to create a blog but from the perspective of a different character. When I looked at some blogs yours came up, I was really excited to realise who’s blog it was as tomorrow I will probably be meeting you!

March 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Asha,

    I loved coming to Collegiate – what a beautiful school you go to! Hope you enjoyed my visit and have a wonderful Easter.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    March 26, 2016 at 10:41 am

Harriet

 

Hi
Happy Easter
Have a great time in Perth
from Harriet

April 2, 2016 at 7:46 am

Kurtley

 

Hi Jacqueline Harvey I loved your books so much that it makes me happy!!!

April 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm

Isabella V

 

Hi Mrs Harvey, I simply love your books and I have all 13 of them and I can’t wait until Alice Miranda in China shows up at 1th of September! But I do have to remind you that Alice Miranda shines bright have a bit of a spelling mistake in it where it’s on page 304 it says ‘Hello Jacinta.’ Reginald smiled nervously. ‘Are you feeling better?’ Jacinta asked. Myrtle Parker tsked. ‘Oh, I’m getting there, although I don’t know if I’ll ever recover from the shoke of it all.’

I think you could see the spelling mistake from the book when it says ‘tsked’ but I think your just super tired from all that typing and just made that tiny little silly mistake ‘tsked’. I truly understand you completely because sometimes or should I say all the times I’ve made spelling mistakes everywhere I go, once when it’s naplan test at our school I’ve spelled because into ‘beacause’ and that little silly error made me a little cross with myself and it’s just at the top of my tongue but I forgot it so don’t worry about it you could just corrected and it’s like nothing happened!

I hope your not cross with me for saying this

Your fan Isabella V

May 15, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Isabella,

    Thanks for your message. I’m not cross with you for saying this at all but tsked is actually a word. It means that Mrs Parker was answering impatiently. Tsk can be an Interjection, Noun or Verb and means the following according to each.
    Interjection
    1. (used, often in quick repetition, as an exclamation of contempt, disdain, impatience, etc.)
    2. for shame!
    Noun
    3. an exclamation of “tsk.”.
    Verb (used without object)
    4. to utter the exclamation “tsk.”.
    Dictionary.com Unabridged

    I do get tired when I’m working at times but I have an editor and lots of proofreaders who try really hard to make sure that we don’t let obvious mistakes end up in the books. If tsked was incorrect then one of the many people who have a hand in the book would have spoken up about it. Although this is not a mistake we have found others at times and readers have let me know. That’s always helpful as we can have them corrected in the next print run.

    Hope you’re having a good week at school and I’m so thrilled that you’re enjoying the books. I’ve just today started writing the 15th Alice-Miranda book and tomorrow I will have to work on the editing for Alice-Miranda in China when it comes back from Catriona, my editor.

    Best wishes,
    Jacqueline

    May 16, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Isabella V

       

      Thank you Mrs Harvey for saying this and the best of all I’ve learned a new word from you and I’m very pleased that you’ve finished ‘Alice Miranda in China’ and starting a new book! I wish you good luck on Alice Miranda 15th and would you mind telling me that what is the name of Alice Miranda the 15th cause my friends would like to know it and I can’t say no to my friends, well that depends on if you mind or not mind?

      May 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm

        Jacqueline Harvey

         

        Hi Isabelle,

        At the moment I have no idea what I’m going to call the story – I’m still developing the plot,. Hopefully I’ll think of something soon.

        Best wishes,
        Jacqueline

        May 21, 2016 at 5:42 pm

Lizzy

 

Hi Jacqueline Harvey!
Its wonderful to know that you take time to reply to all these comments!
I live in Hong Kong (As I mentioned before on a comment for a different blog post), however was not able to attend your Bookazine event. Hope you had a great time in Hong Kong!

p.s. If you are planning to comeback to a bookazine event, I will keep a lookout for them.

June 23, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Jacqueline Harvey

     

    Hi Lizzy

    I’ll be in Hong Kong later this year- the Bookazine event is scheduled for Sunday 23 October! We are still awaiting confirmation on the details; but keep an eye on the website.

    Best wishes

    Jacqueline

    June 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm

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