Mollie On The March by Anna Carey
  

Mollie On The March

Written by Anna Carey

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In a nutshell: vivid, lively and inspiring suffragette story

Mollie Carberry is one of the liveliest characters you will read: a vivacious, intelligent young girl growing up in a comfortably-off family Dublin in 1912, and a suffragette. The book opens in fact with her reassuring a friend ‘I am not in prison’ having recently broken the law for the cause. Political campaigning has to fit in with school and housework, but Mollie is determined to play her part. The story is told through her letters which gives the novel a terrific immediacy and intimacy – Mollie is great fun to be with. Carey also creates a real sense of the times, imperceptibly filling her book with a great deal of historical facts, and giving a real sense of the urgency and excitement of the suffragette movement. This book should get your vote!

Readers will also enjoy Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls, and Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson. ~ Andrea Reece

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Synopsis

Mollie On The March by Anna Carey

Mollie Carberry is a suffragette! Well, sort of. Mollie and her best friend Nora have been bravely fighting for women's rights - even though no one else really knows about it. But when they hear a big protest is being planned, they know they have to take part. If only they didn't have to worry about Nora's terrible cousin, her awful brother and her neighbour's very annoying dog ...

WHEN DID IRISH WOMEN GET THE VOTE? The Representation of the People Act 1918 became law on 6 February 1918. It gave the vote to virtually all men over 21, and women over 30 who met certain requirements. In November 1918 an act was passed which enabled women to stand for parliament in the forthcoming elections. The only woman to win a seat in parliament across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in December 1918 was Constance Markievicz, who was elected by the people of south Dublin but who did not take her seat. In 1922, the new Irish Free State gave the vote to all women over 21, finally giving Irish women the same voting rights as Irish men.

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It's wonderful. It's lovely but also brought home how hard the struggle was, how scary, and that's giving me courage to keep on pushing for our rights today ... even though it is for younglings, I as a 54 year old found this book extremely ... really sweet and full of hope -- Marian Keyes Mollie Carberry is one of the liveliest characters you will read: a vivacious, intelligent young girl growing up in a comfortably-off family Dublin in 1912, and a suffragette. The book opens in fact with her reassuring a friend `I am not in prison

- Mollie is great fun to be with. Carey also creates a real sense of the times, imperceptibly filling her book with a great deal of historical facts, and giving a real sense of the urgency and excitement of the suffragette movement. This book should get your vote! -- Lovereading4kids I cannot tell you how much I adore these books. They're funny and clever and Mollie is a BRILLIANT character ... I loved this book so much! Go get a copy, it's brilliant -- Louise O'Neill everyone's favourite young suffragette makes a welcome return in this timely sequel ... Mollie is a wonderfully fearless character whose interrogation of her identity as a suffragette is sure to get readers interested in feminism and women's history. Carey drews expertly on the past while echoing challenges facing women today. Absolutely not to be missed -- CBI Bold Girls Recommended Reading Guide this is a fascinating look at a key period in history, packed with informative historical detail and with a strong and sassy heroine who readers will love -- Parents in Touch Irish YA is in very strong Feminist hands: @urchinette's 1912 Dublin suffragettes -- Sinead Gleeson an engaging story about a strong and intelligent girl fighting for the right for women to vote -- Primary Times just as charming as the first ... a deeply relatable story ... a welcome reminder that Irish history has more to it than nationalist rebellions -- Irish Times funny and charming ... I found myself moved by the plight some of these women endured in their struggle to win rights that we take for granted today -- Louise O'Neill * Irish Examiner * I absolutely loved this book and I'm sure a lot of people will!!! ... This book had a LOVELY message and showed a lot of GIRL POWER and was very enjoyable to read. It was unbelievable the amount women struggled just to have the right to vote. -- Sanjana, 6th class, St. Brigid's School * Seomraranga.com * I gave this a really strong 4.5 stars. Really, really enjoyed it. If you just want something fun to read, I'd read it. If you wanted something feminist to read, I'd read it. I would definitely recommend everyone to pick up this book because it was brilliant -- Fred Weasley Died Laughing a fictional girls-eye view of the Irish women's rights movement ... a colourful starter-kit for the mini-feminist in your family -- Sunday Business Post thrilling dramas and inspirational ideas are interwoven in this historical fiction with sibling squabbles and teen-parent battles that offer today's young readers a connection with women a century previously -- Evening Echo crisp writing, standout characters and lots of humour make this a real winner -- Irish Independent brilliantly portray the Irish suffragette movement at the height of its activity in 1912 -- Irish Times best suited to a sixth class to not only read historical fiction but to help develop political opinion and thoughts; not only in the way women were treated unequally but also to analyse and debate on the current inequality in Ireland and internationally. This is an engaging story that raises important equality issues for all. It manages to do so while being entertaining and well-written. Suitable for boys, girls and teachers who like to encourage critical thinking and debating equality issues. -- InTouch Magazine wonderfully fearless -- Irish Examiner

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).

Read a Q&A regarding The Making of Mollie here.

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Paperback
352 pages
Interest Age: From 10 years

Author

Anna Carey
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Publisher

O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

23rd February 2018

ISBN

9781788490085

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O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien

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The O'Brien Press is Ireland's leading general publisher of both adult and children's books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.

Publisher's Website

www.obrien.ie


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