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 seen; the gardens have no flowers; and a mysterious stranger seems to be hiding out on the premises.
But that's not all. Some girls are mean and spoiled, like Alethea Goldsworthy. Can Alice-Miranda defeat Alethea in one of three difficult tests she must pass to remain at school? Will she discover Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale's big secret and make things right? Well, if anyone can, it's Alice-Miranda!
©2011 Jacqueline Harvey (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
Yes, provided she was ten to twelve.
Alice-Miranda is an adorable little pocket-rocket, who just misses being an intolerable bossy-boots. Instead, she is a feisty little girl who demonstrates the opposite of apathy!
The narration is too rapid. The characterization is good, but the indirect speech is punctuated with audible intake of breath due to the pace. This was intrusive and distracting.
An attractive story, a lovable heroine, and a humorous, slightly tongue-in-cheek plot salted with mystery. Little girls will enjoy this.
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