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Alice-Miranda at School (Alice-Miranda #1)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  725 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennigton-Jones can't wait to start boarding school. When she arrives at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, the adventure begins . . . only not quite as Alice-Miranda expects. The minute she sets foot on the school's manicured grounds, she senses that something is wrong: Miss Grimm, the headmistress, is nowhere to be ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Random House Australia
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Dec 09, 2015 Cara rated it did not like it
My rating - 1 star
Child's rating - 1 star

I hated this book from the end of the first paragraph, I hated every single paragraph from then on, apart from about 4 brief paragraphs about 9/10ths of the way through, they were ok. Who needs endurance training when you can read this?? I must admit to an underlying agitation because we have Book 2 in the house, and i just don't feel at ease being in the same house as Book 2, just not sure I'd survive another one.

Alice Miranda must be the most annoyingl
Barb Middleton
Jul 31, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it it was ok
Shelves: realistic
I am not sure how to write about this book. It is so utterly unbelievable it is more like a fairy tale cloaked in a realistic story. Or maybe it is a parody of British boarding schools. The repetition in the story reminds me of beginning chapter books for emerging readers (grades 2-3) but the bullying seems older and the narrator is a first grader who sounds more mature than most adults. She is a genius but developmentally too advanced for her age. So... let the fairy tale begin...

Once upon a ti
Sep 06, 2011 Speakercoret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: siapapun yang suka cerita anak2 :)

gadis kecil mungil berambut cokelat keriting dan bermata sebulat pisin

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Namanya Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones, umurnya baru tujuh seperempat tahun, murid baru di Akademi Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale untuk Perempuan Muda Baik-baik, tapi kelakuan dan cara bicaranya tidak seperti anak tujuh tahun. Setiap melihat orang disekitarnya ada yang bersedih, marah, kesal, dia akan melakukan apapun yang dia bisa untuk membuat orang itu bahagia kembali.. Dia percaya diri, pandai
Sep 10, 2016 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016, kids
**Interview with my 5 & 7 year olds** (spoilers)

Me: What did you think of this book?
5: *Two thumbs up action*
7: *Ten fingers action - repeated*
Me: Twenty what?
7: Twenty Awesomes

Me: What was your favourite bit?
5: Everything
7: When Alice-Remander jumped to the inclusion the er ... something-a-bob about ... I forget ... Having the idea of talking to Miss Something-a-bob about something ...

Me: Why was that your favourite?
5: I need to think about ... Just because.
7: Because I thought it was reall
Dec 09, 2015 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 6+
Recommended to Jasmine by: Grandma
The first Alice Miranda book. I love this series because of Alice Miranda's sense of adventure and fun. I also love the way the author writes their abilities in such a way you can really imagine it. It gave me the impression that it was fun even without her parents whom she loved. The author writes in such a way she can really make it like you are watching it all. I think I am quite lucky I don't have a principle like Miss GrimmAlice-Miranda at SchoolJacqueline Harvey.
Zoe Cooksey
Jan 03, 2015 Zoe Cooksey rated it it was amazing
Alice-Miranda is a very smart little girl and only at the age of 7 1/2, she can change one big boarding school around. Ending with changing her headmistress' life.Jacqueline Harvey
I thought it was an amazing book. A couple of people died but it wasn't too violent at all. My favorite part was when Alice-Miranda made Mrs. Grimm cry and sob. My favorite character was Mr. Charles/Charlie.
Renee Mihulka
Dec 04, 2013 Renee Mihulka rated it really liked it
A very cute book. Yes Alice-Miranda is totally unbelievable but as the author says, she is a mix of many girls and it is fiction and a children's story to boot. The big bad wolf is unbelievable too . . . I enjoyed this book because it was sweet, well written and like Alice-Miranda made me smile.
Pratita  Kusuma
Feb 20, 2012 Pratita Kusuma rated it really liked it
I Just love love love love alice-miranda and her positive energy...every leader should read this one.
Jan 31, 2012 Tina rated it it was ok
Found the lead character too annoying to make it an especially fun read. Maybe I'm just too old?
Sulis Peri Hutan
May 05, 2015 Sulis Peri Hutan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: koleksiku, buntelan
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Awal baca buku ini menginggatkan saya akan Polly Madasa di Scones and Sensibility, gadis kecil yang sok dewasa dan suka mencampuri urusan orang lain. Tapi entah kenapa saya sangat menyukai gadis kecil berumur tujuh seperempat tahun yang mempunyai nama lengkap Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones (gimana kalau ujian Nasional ya, panjang bener namanya :p) ini.

Lucu deh Alice-Miranda ini, padahal orang tuanya belum rela kalau dia sekolah, e
Karakter yang diciptakan dengan banyak kelebihan hingga nyaris sempurna sering kali membuat dahi berkerut. Gambaran betapa istimewa dan beruntungnya mereka kerap kali membuat saya tidak dapat menikmati kisah yang tertuang dalam buku tersebut. Bukannya iri tapi lebih karena keberadaan mereka terlalu indah untuk menjadi kenyaatan. Bahkan di buku sekalipun. Namun pengecualian untuk Alice-Miranda At School. Buku yang bercerita tentang anak perempuan yang berusia tujuh tahun di Sekolah Akademi Winche ...more
Brooke Johnson
Oct 31, 2011 Brooke Johnson rated it really liked it
Alice-Miranda at School is a cute story about a spunky girl who’s seven-and-a-quarter, not quite old enough to attend Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies. This, and her brazen, curious personality, changes the school forever. Finding the state of the school entirely unacceptable, she faces off with the headmistress, Miss Grimm, who hasn’t been seen on campus for ten years, she befriends the second best tantrum thrower of the school, and touches the heart of every staff ...more
Blue Moon
Oct 29, 2014 Blue Moon rated it it was ok
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Picked this up because the cover art was adorable (always a valid reason when choosing books to read...).

Part the first: I found it in the juvenile section of the library, but in all honesty, the writing seems to be geared for readers of a much younger age, maybe between five and seven. Anyone older than that would probably prefer something with meatier details and more complex sentences, and yet, the book seems rather lengthy for the age group this book seems to be targeting. I don't know! The
Karen Arendt
Jul 13, 2011 Karen Arendt rated it it was amazing
(B&N) Alice-Miranda is a spunky character with the most optimistic outlook on everything. Reading the story, it is impossible to not be happy. Alice can't wait to start boarding school and begins early. Of course, she has to suffer through a bully, a headmistress who has locked herself away from her students due to a tragic event years before, and, of course, three unbelievable tests to prove that she belongs at the boarding school. In the process, Alice learns why Miss Grimm is so mean, def ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Charming and delightful. This was a sweet chapter book for little girls who love boarding school stories. Even this 55-year-old girl found it enjoyable.

Some have criticized the main character as obnoxiously precocious. I found her adorable. An amalgamation of all the very best qualities in people. How much better to have an example like Alice Miranda (of the impossibly long surname) than some other role models.

Adults who grit their teeth at the sugar and sweetness need to remember the target r
Jan 12, 2014 Larissa rated it it was amazing
Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones is a friendly 7 yr old girl who starts at her new boarding school called Winchesterfield-Downsfordale Academy for Proper Yound Ladies. When she arrives at the academy so discovers that something is wrong and that the headmistress hasn't been seen for ten years. Alice-Miranda has to complete a set of impossible task to prove that she can stay at the academy and make the school a better place!

Alice-Miranda at school is the first book out of the Alice-Mi
This is the third time M-Tear has read this book, and M-Tear still loves it! The plot is interesting, and the charcters are relatable and realistic, not to mention that more than a few a very loveable!

***Update 1-10-14***
Pretty sure this is the forth time Mystery has read this book, and still she adores it! Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones is actually quite a role model, even if I am double her age... 15 isn't that old, right?
Oh well, now I'm going to read her latest novel in the ser
Mar 25, 2014 Georgia.gilroy rated it it was amazing
this book sound good and really want to read and buy that book to read i have a diffrent alice miranda book it alice miranda in paris which i'm read at school that book look really good and it from the same author and i saw that book at a store when i brought alice miranda in paris that store was at a book stroe in bontay and i what to know is a middle school and it will have borad school or elmenty borad school or the highschool which has a borad school as well this book real be a great read in ...more
May 09, 2011 Amy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i think this is the best book i have ever read !!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK :] my friend said to read it she said it was a fantastick book AND she was so correct this is one of the best book EVER did i say that it is AMAZING lol :] love it !!!!!!!!!! THANKS TO MY AMAZING TEACHER TOLD ME TO GO ON GOOD READS it is cool web site :] thannnnkkkkksss
Oct 20, 2013 Evelyn rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is the best book if you really need cheering up, or if you feel lonely. I really like Alice Miranda, because I feel that she is amazingly Funny, Cheerfull and Happy. I love being in her adventureous Adventures!!
Helen Fairfield
Mar 02, 2013 Helen Fairfield rated it really liked it
Really sweet book (first in a series) for 7+ with a bit more depth than meets the eye. Alice-Miranda starts boarding school and solves all the adults' problems with her endless optimism and good nature.
Mar 03, 2013 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a refreshingly optimistic main character. A glass-half full kinda gal Alice-Miranda goes through life changing people for the better- and all without becoming annoying!
Alyanah Firmeza
Jan 13, 2014 Alyanah Firmeza rated it it was amazing
The very first time I read Alice-Miranda, I thought it was gonna be boring, but as I kept on reading her books, which I still do now, I have always felt as if I was right next to her
Dec 09, 2014 Felicia rated it really liked it
One of the most charming and loveliest children's book I've read in a long time! I can totally see why Alice-Miranda is a heroine to so many kids! She's my hero now too!
Feb 15, 2013 Kareena rated it really liked it
I read this book a few years ago. It was a present so I decided to give the book ago. I've only read the first one but it is really good.
Maia Cairns-Cowan
Nov 27, 2013 Maia Cairns-Cowan rated it it was amazing
Dec 21, 2015 Australian_book_worm rated it it was amazing
I loved this book it was really good
Holly M
Very good book, i reccomend it to all ages
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Jacqueline Harvey has combined a successful career in education with her love of a good story. She is the author of many novels for younger readers and a picture book, THE SOUND OF THE SEA, which was awarded Honour Book in the 2006 Australian Children’s Book Council Awards.

Jacqueline taught in Infants and Primary schools and was Deputy Head of Abbotsleigh Junior School (an independent day and boa
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