The Making of Mollie by Anna Carey

The Making of Mollie

Written by Anna Carey

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In a nutshell: Suffragettes rule! A girl’s eye view of early feminism | In Anna Carey’s lively new novel, it’s the portioning out of a roast chicken that sets Mollie thinking about women’s rights (her brother always gets the best bits)! It’s 1921 and the suffragette movement is gathering momentum. When Mollie follows her big sister to one of their meetings, she’s inspired and is soon a passionate supporter of the cause, spreading the word amongst her school friends too. Based on real historical events this shows just what the suffragettes were up against, as well as how exciting it is to be part of a political movement. It’s told through letters Mollie sends to a friend, and this makes it both immediate and vivid, with the impulsive, daring Mollie a very appealing narrator.

Readers will also enjoy Anna Carey’s contemporary novels about teenager Rebecca, and those inspired to find out more about the suffragettes should look out Suffragette by Carol Drinkwater. Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson also features the suffragettes, and Frances Hardinge’s award-winner The Lie Tree is very good on the unfair treatment of women in the latter part of the 19th century. ~ Andrea Reece

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The Making of Mollie by Anna Carey

It's spring 1912, and 14-year-old Mollie Carberry lives in Drumcondra with her loving but distracted parents, her older sister Phyllis, her spoiled older brother Harry and her saintly little sister Julia. Mollie's convinced that her life is boring - until she discovers that Phyllis is a secret suffragette. After attending a suffrage meeting, Mollie wants to do something for the movement too - and she soon convinces her best friend Nora to join her. At last, they have some excitement in their lives! While some of their classmates approve of their new cause, others can't see the point. Their timid schoolfriend Stella worries that Mollie and Nora are going to get into trouble. And their classmate Grace, who also happens to be Nora's cousin, disapproves of anybody who steps out of line. Despite this general apathy, as the weeks go by, Mollie and Nora become even more determined to do something for the cause. Even though nobody in the cause seems to particularly want their help.


A very good book ... the topic itself was really interesting -- The History Show, RTE Radio 1 for junior feminists

... must-read -- Irish Times

Engaging ... although the book is set in 1912, Carey brings to life Mollie's social and academic struggles in a way that makes the book strikingly relevant to the teenagers of today. A historical novel with a contemporary edge -- Sunday Business Post

The book sets out to teach, in an engaging way, readers about the fight for suffrage in early nineteenth-century Ireland, when the country was already divided on Home Rule. It does this quite successfully, along with historical details about school life and home life for the Irish middle classes. I loved Mollie - she is rebellious but not unruly and to investigate, find out more, wonder and think about the events and the effect it has even today. While it may seem of more interest to girls, there is much here for everyone to consider. An exciting, inspiring read for ages 10+. A book that will make you want to know more! -- Fallen Star Stories

Beautifully written -- CBI Recommended Reads 2016

Suffragettes rule! A girl's eye view of early feminism ... this shows just what the suffragettes were up against, as well as how exciting it is to be part of a political movement. It's told through letters Mollie sends to a friend, and this makes it both immediate and vivid, with the impulsive, daring Mollie a very appealing narrato --

About the Author

Anna Carey

Anna Carey is a freelance journalist from Drumcondra living in Dublin who has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent and many other publications. Anna joined her first band when she was fifteen and went on to sing and play with several bands over the next fifteen years. Her last band, El Diablo, released two albums and toured all over the country. Her first book, The Real Rebecca, was published in 2011, and, to her great surprise, it went on to win the Senior Children’s Book prize at the Irish Book Awards. To the delight of many readers, Rebecca returned in the critically acclaimed Rebecca’s Rules, which was shortlisted for the same prize in 2012 (she didn’t win this time, though).

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304 pages


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O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

17th October 2016




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