Friday 10 September 2010

Alice-Miranda on Holiday

Alice-Miranda on Holiday by Jacqueline Harvey (Random House)

HB RRP $15.95
ISBN 978-1-8647-1984-0
Reviewed by Oliver Phommavanh

The sweetest girl with hyphenated names, Alice-Miranda returns in this breezy novel for younger readers. Alice-Miranda has gone home for the school holidays with her best friend Jacinta.

The girls arrive at Highton Hall to much fanfare from her extended family. Well, almost everyone is happy. They meet a grumpy boy who doesn’t fall for Alice-Miranda’s charms. She finds herself involved in a mystery that involves a famous movie star, suspicious strangers and a grandma who has a family secret.

Readers will be enthralled to see how Alice-Miranda lives at home. Harvey has done a tremendous job in bringing a busy and lush country estate to life. It’s nice to see some boys such as Alice-Miranda’s cousin, Lucas in the story too. Alice-Miranda uses all her wits to outsmart the bad guys and her problem solving ways only add to her wonderful personality.

Harvey has thrown in some eccentric characters that make this novel a fun read. Alice-Miranda fans will love this sequel, a great adventure in a new setting. This novel is recommended for readers aged 7 and up.

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