Viva Alice! by Judi Curtin
  

Viva Alice!

Written by Judi Curtin
Illustrated by Woody Fox
Part of the Alice and Megan Series

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Three girls and the sun and sand of Lanzarote! What can possibly go wrong?? Megan and Alice have been best friends forever. Now they are off on holiday with their friend Grace and they are looking forward to relaxing by the pool, enjoying barbeques together and just having fun. As ever, Alice is full of plans – and this time she is sure she can sort out Grace’s brother Gavin’s love life! Megan does all she can to keep Alice’s wild plans in check but nothing stops the girls’ fabulous friendship and their perfect holiday.

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Viva Alice! by Judi Curtin

A new Alice and Megan story! Alice and Megan are back together again! When they are together, they can handle anything! Grace invites Alice and Megan to spend Easter in her house in Lanzarote. The girls are accidentally left home-alone for two days in the house. It's fun at first, until they become trapped on an upstairs balcony and spend a long cold night and day waiting to be rescued! Meanwhile Melissa is still unhappy at boarding school. Alice wants to help her to get back to their school, but Megan sees this as a betrayal. Tension mounts between the two girls, until Megan gives in and agrees to help. In the end, Melissa comes back, and Megan realises that she is confident enough to stand up to her.

Reviews

Judi Curtin is going from strength to strength with Viva Alice! -- Irish Independent a lovely light read full of fun and friendship with drama and a frequently teary-eyed Megan. A prime example of why this series is a best-seller -- Inis Magazine a real page turner full of wit and charm -- CBI Recommended Reads Guide 2014 this is another brilliant instalment in this series and it was great to read about Alice and Megan again. It is a lovely story about loyalty and, above all, friendship -- Bookbabblers I thought Viva Alice was good because it was about family, friends and loyalty. I dislike Melissa because she used jealousy as a tool to bully. I highly recommend this book and I rate Viva Alice 9/10 -- Emma, seomraranga.com Viva Alice! was a fabulous story of friendship, loyalty and family, and most of all it was funny -- Books with Bunny Alice is a certified lunatic, but I love her to bits ... this is the first time I've met her and her friends, and it's not going to be the last -- Nayu's Reading Corner a cheerful and good-humoured holiday story which is sure to appeal to Curtin's already devoted fan base. The small and basic black-lined illustrations by Woody Fox add fun to the tale and emphasise its overall warm and girly feel. With this latest addition, the Alice and Megan series continues to be entertaining and inviting for readers -- The Looking Glass a charming girly series about best friends and it's perfect for readers of 9+. Whatever the problem, the friends can cope - and with a dollop of humour for good measure. A deservedly popular series -- parentsintouch.co.uk a charming girly series about best friends and it's perfect for readers of 9+. Whatever the problem, the friends can cope - and with a dollop of humour for good measure. A deservedly popular series -- parentsintouch.co.uk Yippee! For five years, Judi Curtin's legions of fans have been hoping for another Alice and Megan story and now that it's finally arrived, it doesn't disappoint. After seven stories (and an Alice and Megan cookbook) the best friend duo went into literary hibernation while Judi took us on Eva's Journey ... However, while Eva has developed into a firm friend, there was never really any question but that Alice and Megan were the original and best-loved characters created by one-time Cork resident Judi ... Just one request, Judi Curtin - don't leave it another five years until the next adventure please! -- Evening Echo

About the Author

Judi Curtin

Judi Curtin is Ireland’s favourite children’s writer. She is the best-selling author of the ‘Alice and Megan’ series which has sold rights to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Poland, Lithuania and Serbia. In Ireland, the series has sold over 100,000 copies. She is also the author of the smash-hit 'Eva' series: Eva's Journey, Eva's Holiday, Leave it to Eva, and Eva and the Hidden Diary, which has sold 36,000 copies to date. She has been nominated for Irish Book Awards on numerous occasions.

Judi Curtin by her editor Helen Carr:
Judi Curtin writes for one of my favourite age levels, 8-12; this is the age when readers take steps toward enjoying more sophisticated plots, themes and issues. They need books that grab their interest, with action, depth and engaging characters, and Judi’s books certainly have these. I always look forward to a new book coming in from her – I love working with her and finding out where she’s taking her characters next. I was Judi’s editor on her hugely-successful ‘Alice & Megan’ series; in the course of seven books, best friends Alice & Megan move from primary to secondary school, sensible Megan always valiantly trying to curb the excesses of her more reckless friend. Along the way, Judi deals with separation, bullying, new schools and all the speed bumps of friendship. I also work with Judi on her ‘Eva’ series. In the three books so far, I’ve come to love Eva for her ebullience, her wit and her constant butting in – whether people they want her help or not. In Leave it to Eva, Judi displays her characteristically light touch as Eva deals with bigger problems than ever – family issues, characters taking steps towards independence and deepening their understanding of friendship – but it’s never overwhelming for the reader and the strong, convincing characters keep the children’s perspectives to the fore. It’s also very funny; Eva’s first person narrative is distinctive and witty, and though we always feel she’ll do the right thing, she’s no saint, so she may not always do it with good grace! I hope there’ll be many more books from Judi, about Eva and friends and about more characters we haven’t met yet …

Interview with Judi Curtin

1. Where did you get the idea for this new book?
It started when I thought about the regret a young girl would feel at never having the chance to know her mum. Then I had to find a way for them to be together, even though the mum had died many years earlier.
2. Time travel is such a cool concept, what was your inspiration for this? Time travel has always fascinated me. Who wouldn’t want the chance to revisit the past? Who wouldn’t want to experience historical events? Who wouldn’t want to see their parents as teenagers?
3. If you could travel through a porthole to any decade/period in history, when would it be? I think I’d go back to the 1920’s, when my grandparents were young. It’s an interesting era, and I’d love to see the lives my grandparents had, many years before I came along.
4. What one item would you like to banish into history and is there anything you’d like to bring back from the past?
5. Is Molly based on someone in particular? No. Except for Domino the cat, all of my characters are completely fictional. (But that doesn’t stop people saying they recognize themselves in my books!)
6. Did you have fun writing about the 80s? I loved it. I know it’s ancient history to my readers, but for me I’m writing about my youth.
7. What is your favourite thing about the 80s? The fashions might seem gross now, but they were wonderful too. Everything was big and loud and colourful.
8. When you were writing Time After Time did you miss your other characters from the Alice series or the Eva series? I always miss my old characters, and more than once I’ve sneaked a few from one series into another.
9. What was your favourite part of writing Time after Time? I loved writing the part where Beth meets her mother – the first time I’ve made myself cry. Sad, but very rewarding.
10. Do you read children’s books yourself? Only rarely, (which might be controversial.) I read voraciously when I was a child, and as a teacher and parent, I continued that for many years. Now though, I mostly read book written for people like me.
11. When you write, how much do you think about the reader? In the first draft I’m very much writing what I want to write. In later drafts, with the help of my wonderful editor, Helen, I do try to consider how the reader is going to engage with my characters and story.
12. How does your interaction with real children affect the way you write and what you write about? I do very many events with young people, who can be quite transparent. They seem to like my stories about families and friendship, and as I like writing these, it’s easy to continue.
13. What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Read everything you can get your hands on. Keep a diary. Enter competitions – not necessarily to win, but so you get practice at polishing your work.
14. Time for the mean question: What is your favourite book in the entire world? Today I’m going to say ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,’ by C.S. Lewis. It’s the only Narnia book I read as a child, and I’ve always loved it. (But if you ask me again next week, it could be Heidi, First term at Malory Towers, The Great Gatsby, or even whatever book I read tonight!)

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Paperback
240 pages
Interest Age: From 10

Author

Judi Curtin
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Publisher

O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

4th August 2014

ISBN

9781847176653

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