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The Other Alice

Written by Michelle Harrison

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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month August 2016 Award-winning Michelle Harrison’s The Other Alice is a fast-paced, tautly woven story stuffed full of imagination, magic and adventure which gives life in the world outside to characters who should remain safely within the pages of a book. Midge’s sister Alice loves writing stories but she is also tormented by them and the characters in them. Especially when she can’t finish one. When Alice goes missing her younger brother Midge is sure that the clues to what has happened to her will lie in her writing. Can Tabitha, a talking cat help him? Or Gipsy, a character from a story who is also searching for Alice? Or will the secret lie in The Museum of Unfinished Stories? It is a punchy adventure that also delves into the power of imagination. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for August 2016

The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison

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Reader Reviews

Children love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading4kids expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Alexander Bisland, age 10 - 'I really enjoyed this book because I always wanted to read on and find the answers to the times the story is quite dark and it leaves you on the edge of your seat.'
  • Cara Andersons, age 11 - 'An amazing book! I didn't want to put it down! I love the style of Michelle Harrison, it's so captivating.'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'A fantastically brilliant adventure full of riddles and magic. I loved it!'
  • Jane Emmins, age 12 - 'The Other Alice is quite possibly the best book I have ever read. With its intriguing characters and twisting plot I just couldn't put it down!'
  • Alice East, age 11 - 'Have you ever wanted a story to come true and the characters to jump off the page?  Well then this is a book for you because that is exactly what happens.'
  • Jack Smith, age 11 - 'This is a story of friends, enemies and betrayal. I would recommend this book to the ages of 10+ and I would definitely read it again!!!!!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was an awesome story combining the fictional and real world, and giving us a really good mystery and adventure, two of my favourite things!'
  • Rosie Jeffery, age 14 - 'the many plot twists and fun moments in this novel more than make up for its slower pacing, as they help spread the plot twists evenly.'
  • Rosie Watch - 'The plot was clever and so well planned and I loved the way everything linked and overlapped. This book will definitely be going on my classroom bookshelf.'
  • Year 7 pupil, Dormston School - 'I really enjoyed it and it’s opened my mind to try different genres that I wouldn't usually choose.
    I would give this book a rating of 5/5.'
  • Aimee Sweet, age 14 - 'Katherine Rundell called this book "gripping" and I totally agree...For readers who have enjoyed Patrick Ness, and age 13 plus. I would give this 4 stars out of five.'


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The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison

What happens when a tale with real magic, that was supposed to be finished, never was? This is a story about one of those stories ...Midge loves riddles, his cat, Twitch, and - most of all - stories. Especially because he's grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer. When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge searches Alice's stories for a clue. Soon he discovers that her secret book, The Museum of Unfinished Stories, is much more than just a story. In fact, he finds two of its characters wandering around town. But every tale has its villains - and with them leaping off the page, Midge, Gypsy and Piper must use all their wits and cunning to work out how the story ends and find Alice. If they fail, a more sinister finale threatens them all ...


A fast-paced, tautly woven story stuffed full of imagination, magic and adventure... a punchy adventure that also delves into the power of imagination -- Julia Eccleshare * * The thrilling intensity of the plot will certainly give you the chills, even on a warm summer's day... a fantastic five star read for me

About the Author

Michelle Harrison

Michelle Harrison was born in 1979 and grew up in Grays, Essex. She has a degree in Illustration, and is a former Waterstone’s bookseller and assistant editor at Oxford University Press. She now writes full-time and has a son, Jack, and two cats.

Her first novel, The Thirteen Treasures, won the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize and has been sold in over sixteen countries. It is followed by two sequels, The Thirteen Curses and The Thirteen Secrets and a prequel, One Wish. She has also published Unrest, a stand-alone ghost novel for teens and is now working on a second young adult novel.

Author Photo Credit: Charlie Hopkinson

Q&A with Michelle Harrison

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I'm a 'glass half-full' type of person.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Elvesden Manor.

Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Optimism, or at least I like to think it is!

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I sometimes think I'd like to be a cat, just for the sheer amount of sleeping they do.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My Essex accent.

Q. Who is your favourite fictional villain?
A. Beatrice Lacey in Wideacre by Philippa Gregory.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. It would be Jack the Ripper. I like to think I'd demand to know his identity, but in all honesty I'd probably run.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who look down their noses at others.

Q. What is your favourite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. It depends on my mood, but drawing/painting, reading or watching a film.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Being an author and an illustrator!

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

Favourite authors
Hans Christian Andersen, Enid Blyton, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Martina Cole, Roald Dahl, Philippa Gregory, The Brothers Grimm, Julie Hearn, Eva Ibbotson, Christopher Pike, J.K. Rowling, Marcus Sedgwick, Sarah Singleton.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Read lots, write lots, and don't give up.

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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

28th July 2016




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