And a one, two, three, hit it!
After a disastrous fire in the village leaves a family without a home, Alice-Miranda and her friends pitch in to help. They decide to hold a music festival to raise funds. The only trouble is, not everyone's as keen on the idea.
Things are also heating up in Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies with Miss Reedy at the helm. The arrival of a new teacher, a deputy turned diva and an entire faculty of disgruntled staff sees tempers flare. Has the power gone to Miss Reedy's head or is there a sinister hand at play? One thing is for certain: there's no smoke without fire.
Alice-Miranda is put to the test. Can she ensure the festival, with its many secrets and surprises, hits all the right notes?
“Jacqueline Harvey's special style of weaving mysteries and secrets into her middle-grade novels certainly keeps readers guessing. Each thread is beautifully woven throughout [and] all the much-loved elements are here - pony rides, delicious food, community spirit, new babies and close friendships. Combined with Alice-Miranda's sense of fair play and supportive nature, Alice-Miranda Keeps the Beat makes another delightful addition to the series.”
Rhyllis Bignell, ReadPlus
“Alice-Miranda Keeps the Beat is an empowering story, inspiring readers that young people can make a difference when they draw on their strengths and work as a team. There’s strong messages about family, friendship, fairness and loyalty too.”
Carissa Mason, CBCA Reading Time