Author Jacqueline Harvey visits Orange

CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE: Dylan Jones, Alex Philpott, Charlotte Felice, Jessica Blowse, children's author Jacqueline Harvey, Alexander Bayada-Harvey and Daisy Corben. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE: Dylan Jones, Alex Philpott, Charlotte Felice, Jessica Blowse, children's author Jacqueline Harvey, Alexander Bayada-Harvey and Daisy Corben. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

AUTHOR Jacqueline Harvey has turned a new page in the Alice-Miranda book series.

She released the 15th book in the series Alice-Miranda Holds the Key and has visited several schools to meet with children and promote the latest book.

The story follows Alice-Miranda, who finishes the school term earlier than expected after she falls off a horse and discovers her father’s business may be subject to sabotage.

Alice-Miranda and her friends put their investigative skills to the test to solve the problem.

Mrs Harvey said she wanted to give children, particularly those with literary aspirations, the chance to meet a writer.

“I want to kids to be able to see themselves as writers,” she said.

“I hope they can see it’s real and they could go down this pathway.”

Mrs Harvey said her advice to children who wanted to write a book was to have a plan.

“They have to be observant, plan the big ideas and know the ending,” she said.

“Taking photos can help you remember things and inspire ideas.

“You can get an idea from anywhere.”

Mrs Harvey said the Alice-Miranda character and stories was for everyone.

“[The story] is a really fun adventure,” she said.

“It’s not just for girls, there are a lot of boy characters in the series.”

The author also visited students from Orange Anglican Grammar School, Orange Public School and Kinross Wolaroi School as well as visitors to Orange City Library.

Mrs Harvey will finish off her tour with a visit to Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School from 9.30am and Orange Christian School from 11.55am on Friday.

The Alice-Miranda series has been shortlisted for children’s book awards and has been sold in multiple countries including United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey.

She is also the author of the Clementine Rose series.

Her books have sold over one million copies in Australia since the start of her career.

Visit www.jacquelineharvey.com.au to find out more about the series.

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