Review Blog

Oct 07 2014

Alice-Miranda at camp by Jacqueline Harvey

cover image

Random House Australia Children's Books, 2014. ISBN 9781742757612
Recommended. This is the tenth in the incredibly successful Alice-Miranda series. This is my first time reading an Alice-Miranda and I have enjoyed the experience. Jacqueline Harvey places her characters and series in the timeless void inhabited by Milly-Molly-Mandy, The naughtiest girl in the school and the Chalet stories. These are comfort reads of the highest order.
In this adventure Alice-Miranda and her friends go on a hastily arranged school camp organised at the orders of Queen Georgiana, as it turns out the camp is right next door to Alice-Miranda's father's home. This has since become a retirement home for workers from the estate.
Of course mystery and mayhem of a most enjoyable type occurs. The author's visits to schools obviously correspond to 'research' and I found myself chuckling at the way she portrays the teachers in the book. I also admired the way that Jacqueline Harvey weaves in aspects of previous adventures so that a new reader such as myself can follow the back story.
I was taken by the sub-plot of the new girl Caprice and the subtlety of her bullying of Millie. The issues this raises of trust with the teachers and Alice-Miranda provide interesting moral lessons for the young readership.
This is a lovely written book for younger readers, with lots of fun and humour to be enjoyed. Well plotted, with acute portrayals and characterisation, I can see why this is a very successful series. Rest assured that the novice reader can pick up this title and have no difficulty at all becoming immersed in the world of Alice-Miranda, and will immediately seek to track down the entire series and join the eager crew of young readers anxiously awaiting the next instalment.
I will leave the last word to my Primary TL colleague Kim who says 'Alice-Miranda is a great role model for girls - a strong and independent child with a beautiful heart'.
Michael Jorgen

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2018
National Book Award winners 2017
Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2017
YABBA Awards 2017
Teens' top 10
2017 Man Booker Prize
Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature 2017 winners
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates