Alice-Miranda and her friends are going on a very big adventure which will take them far away from home. They’ve been selected to attend the inaugural youth leadership program called the Queen’s Colours, in Scotland – exciting! This is for all the brightest and best students from around the world and readers will enjoy catching up with many favourite characters from previous Alice-Miranda titles.
The week-long program includes lots of fun challenges, physical and mental, along with all the compromises that come with mixing with some rather difficult personalities! However, Alice-Miranda is determined to make sure that she enjoys her time in Scotland and that everyone else does too.
Known for her optimism and kindness, Alice-Miranda always looks on the bright side of things and sees the good in others, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
The pages of this wonderful Scotland adventure are jam packed with excitement as the children hunt for historical clues in Edinburgh Castle, learn Highland Dancing and take an eventful boat trip across Lochness. There are new things to learn about Scotland and how to get along with others, at every twist and turn of the plot.
But not everyone shares Alice-Miranda’s love of life and optimism and when she befriends a homeless man, Miss Davina Stuart and Miss Morag Cranna who are in charge of the program, become alarmed.
Then there’s Madagascar, why is she so quick to fly off the handle when she doesn’t get her own way? And why does Chessie want to avoid her at all costs? What is Caprice trying to achieve with her underhanded approach to team activities? And why is Neville paying Alice-Miranda so much attention?
You’ll have to read the book to find out the answers as there is so much more to come including a kidnapping, an amazing visit from the Queen and a family reunion!
It’s easy to see why children adore the characters – brave, spirited Alice-Miranda in particular – created by award winning Australian author, Jacqueline Harvey. Her books have been shortlisted for numerous children’s book awards in Australia, including both industry and children’s choice. Alice-Miranda at School won the YABBA for Younger Readers in 2012 and Jacqueline has had an Alice-Miranda title on the REAL awards shortlist every year since 2012.
Recommended for the 9+ reader, fans of Alice-Miranda will love going to Scotland with her latest book,but it can also be read as a stand-alone if your child hasn’t had the thrill of being immersed in one of the previous 16 titles.
Jacqueline Harvey worked in schools for many years but has had a passion for storytelling since she was a child. She is the author of the popular Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series, which have sold over one million copies in Australia alone. Her books have received numerous short-listings and awards while her picture book, The Sound of the Sea, was a CBCA Honour Book.
Jacqueline speaks to thousands of young people at schools and festivals around the world, and says the characters in her books are often made up of the best bits of children she’s met over the years. While she is not a twin, like Kensy and Max she does have excellent powers of observation and has always thought she’d make a great spy.
Jacqueline lives in Sydney and is currently working on more Kensy and Max, Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose adventures.