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Alice-Miranda in Hollywood (#16) – Jacqueline Harvey

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Penguin Random House

August 2017-09-03
ISBN 9780143780618

RRP $16.99

My girls are already super-excited awaiting this latest Alice-Miranda and well they should be because I think it is the most exciting thus far!

A-M and her pals are in the midst of being part of a real Hollywood movie – as child actors in A-M’s Uncle Lawrence’s latest film, a musical western – almost an anachronism. This in itself is thrilling but of course it would not be complete without mysteries and puzzlements and even a spot of very real danger. There seems to be just one thing after another with problems with the filming from strange reactive makeup to missing scripts to nasty accidents. Of course, A-M is far too sensible to believe in the old story of Nellie’s curse (the Nellie being the subject of the movie) but why do so many odd things keep happening? And why does it seem that this is not the first time an attempt to make this movie has happened?

Amid making new friends on the set and exploring the fascination of Hollywood the children are off to the desert near the Grand Canyon for location shooting where anything can and does happen, particularly when a paparazzo photographer, not particularly well-liked by A-M’s family, becomes the object of kidnapping and violent threats. A chance encounter with a reclusive old lady whose name seems vaguely familiar to A-M saves the day – and unravels the mystery of the cursed movie.

What a great adventure this is! As usual, Alice-Miranda acts with aplomb and generosity even towards the less than amiable Caprice. How can Jacqueline top this one? Although, I have no doubts given her talent that she can – she knows exactly what her readership loves and provides it time and time again.

Highly recommended for your readers aged around 8 upwards. I know mine will be tussling over this copy when I take it to school tomorrow!  Take a peek inside here.

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Clementine Rose and the Movie Magic – Jacqueline Harvey

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Random House Australia

ISBN: 9780857985187

Published: 01/04/2015

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 160 pages

RRP: $12.99

The avid Clementine Rose fans in your library crowd will eagerly pounce on No #9 in this sweet series.

This latest adventure sees the beginning of next door neighbour Basil’s film documentary about Penberthy House – of course, starring Clementine Rose!  This excitement is tempered however by Lady Clarissa’s worries about some strange occurrences at the quaint hotel which are exacerbated by the arrival of two unexpected guests – one hotel inspector and one very well groomed but snooty woman. Both have a pivotal role in the latest drama to occupy Clementine’s family. With the hotel’s future – indeed the very house’s future- at stake, it’s a lucky thing indeed when a very sneaky sabotage plot is revealed.

Parallel to these story threads is the promise of a budding romance as Basil’s assistant Drew and his 7 year old son Will develop an immediate rapport with both Lady Clarissa and Clemmie.  Now we all be awaiting the next instalment very impatiently to see how this progresses!

Jacqueline Harvey continually strikes just the right note with her books for younger girls. The mix of adventure, mischief, humour and excitement has great appeal for the intended age group and each book contains much with which these readers can easily identify – even though they don’t live in a big old house or own a teacup pig!

Find teaching notes here or visit Jacqueline’s website here.