Alice-Miranda Takes the Stage

Alice-Miranda Takes the Stage

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by Jacqueline Harvey
     
 

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Girls who are fans of Judy Moody, Matilda and Clementine will love spunky Alice-Miranda!

Alice-Miranda is thrilled to be back at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, where the girls are rehearsing a play with the neighboring boys' school. But it's not all glamour and stage lights: there are rumors of a witch in the woods,

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Girls who are fans of Judy Moody, Matilda and Clementine will love spunky Alice-Miranda!

Alice-Miranda is thrilled to be back at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, where the girls are rehearsing a play with the neighboring boys' school. But it's not all glamour and stage lights: there are rumors of a witch in the woods, and Alice-Miranda's friends, Jacinta and Millie, are clashing with Sloan Sykes, a rude new student whose pushy mother comes up with a get-rich scheme that could have disastrous results. When Alice-Miranda learns of the plot, she tries to set things right—and on the night of the big performance, no less!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greta Holt
Alice-Miranda should be a snob. Her last name is multiply hyphenated and drips with money. She attends an academy ?for proper young ladies,' and she gets to ride her pony Bonaparte almost every day. Contrary to stereotype, though, Alice-Miranda is the sweetest and most optimistic girl ever. While dragging good friend Millie along, she attempts to befriend an impossible new student Sloan, and she does befriend a witch. Harvey, who taught in girls' boarding schools, brings authenticity to the setting, but imbues her Alice-Miranda stories with nomenclatural fun, e.g., the stable hand's name is Whitstable Fayle is the title of the boys' school, and Hedges is Fayle's gardener. Harvey builds her mystery plot carefully, tying the ends together with skill. Somehow, the horrid Sykes, their suffering auntie, and the witch are connected. All wrongs are righted on stage. Although Alice-Miranda is a sweetheart, she's no pushover. This is a lovely series for middle graders. Reviewer: Greta Holt
Kirkus Reviews
Seven-year-old Alice-Miranda returns in a jaunty adventure that combines mystery and theatrics. Upon returning to boarding school after break, Alice-Miranda discovers several new mysteries to solve. A contentious new arrival, a neglected estate in the woods and an upcoming school play add intrigue to the new school term. Although the girls at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies are looking forward to collaborating with students from the nearby boys' school on the play, a perplexing series of complications quickly emerges. Sloane, the school's newest student, has an ulterior agenda. Her tasteless, social-climbing mother, determined to achieve wealth and social prominence, has devised a scheme that threatens to close the boys' school. Naturally, Alice-Miranda seeks to uncover the truth. Harvey deftly incorporates clues for discerning readers so that the story's dramatic conclusion is believable. Ultimately, it is Alice-Miranda's act of kindness, when she compassionately befriends a lonely woman, that provides the key to solving the dilemma. Both fans of the previous stories and readers new to this series will enjoy the diminutive sleuth's ability to solve problems with a signature blend of friendliness and clever ingenuity. Harvey's tale, featuring a comically inept, melodramatic villainess and a precocious heroine who is unfailingly kindhearted, will captivate readers. (Mystery. 7-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385743334
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
768,009
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

JACQUELINE HARVEY has spent her working life teaching in girls' boarding schools. She has also published three novels for young readers as well as a picture book in her native Australia.

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