Monday 3 January 2011

Alice-Miranda takes the lead

Alice-Miranda takes the lead by Jacqueline Harvey (Random House)
PB RRP $15.95
ISBN 978-1-8647-1849-2
Reviewed by Oliver Phommavanh

Alice-Miranda takes the lead is the third book in the series for younger readers. She is back at school for a new term and there’s a new student, Sloane Sykes, a pushy and rude student, similar to Alethea’s bullying ways in the first book. But that’s where the comparisons end because when readers meet Sloane’s mum, September, you’ll see where Sloane gets her attitude from.

Harvey spends a lot of time on building up Sloane and September Skyes. They are fascinating characters, who seek fame and fortune through Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale. It speaks volumes about what people will do for status and I hope it’s not lost on the readers.

Alice-Miranda seems to thrive at school, mainly because we get to see her interact with her friends, who are not as optimistic. Alice-Miranda’s trademark resilience and seeing the good in everyone will delight fans.  
Readers will enjoy the drama production with the neighbouring boys school. But there’s also an evil scheme against the boys school in the works, plus Alice-Miranda uncovers the mystery of a witch who lives in the woods. There’s so much going on than the two previous Alice-Miranda stories combined. It makes this story the best yet!

Harvey’s experience with boarding schools and girl talk comes through in this lovely adventure. Alice-Miranda takes the lead is recommended for ages 8 and up. 

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