Book Review: Alice-Miranda on Vacation by Jacqueline Harvey

Alice-Miranda on Vacation by Jacqueline Harvey is a children's chapter book. This mystery is the follow up to Alice-Miranda at School. In this adventure, Alice-Miranda is headed home for break following her first semester away at boarding school. Jacinta, her friend and the school's second-best tantrum thrower, comes home with her. The two are looking forward to a quiet, relaxing vacation.  But soon, a cranky boy upsets the balance, and a movie star has come to visit. Stranger still, an unknown man and mysterious car keep appearing on the property. Illness, a misbehaving pony, a possibility of romance, and a thieving plot, all come together to make this a more exciting vacation than either girl wanted, or expected.

Alice-Miranda on Vacation was a fun children's book. I think I would have enjoyed it even more had I read Alice-Miranda at School, which I plan on going back to read. The characters are complicated and well developed, more so than I sometimes see in adult and young adult stories. I recommend Alice-Miranda on Vacation to young readers that enjoy mysteries, adventure, and a good read.  Children that are reading at advanced levels, or are often referred to as advanced in their school work, will especially enjoy this book because Alice-Miranda shares similar traits.
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