Rebecca's Rules by Anna Carey

Rebecca's Rules

Written by Anna Carey

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This book is amusing from the first page and hilariously identifies with a girl’s first steps into the teenage world of boys, friendships, school and musical productions. Anna Carey’s easy style will resonate with any young girl for whom friendships are all important and self esteem is taking time to emerge. Written in the first person, in diary form, it is broken into easy sections so picking up and putting down the book won’t be a problem. Aimed at the 12+ year olds, this is spot on, with an easy chatty vocabulary and a strong storyline set in the familiar surroundings of school and the school production, which all young girls will recognise. This a realistic, gentle book that won’t shock or distress but is written by an author who clearly understands the insecurities and self analysis that girls go through. Highly recommended.


Rebecca's Rules by Anna Carey

My name is Rebecca Rafferty, and there are lots of things wrong with my life right now. 1. My boyfriend has moved to Canada. Canada! 2. I have annoyed my best friends Cass and Alice by going on about him all the time. 3. I am going to a crazy girl's mad birthday party and I am not sure why. Things have got to change. So I've made some new rules. ? No moping. ? No ignoring my friends' problems. ? Find something exciting for me, Cass and Alice to do so our friendship gets back to normal. Something fun. Something new. Something like joining the school musical !


Ms Carey has vividly expressed Rebecca's feelings -- would recommend this lively and hilarious book to girls between the ages of 11 to 13 -- rate it a 9/10! -- 'a fun read which fans of Anna Carey's previous book will enjoy very much

'a family and school drama that many readers will find easy to identify with as the book touches upon many problems that teenagers - especially girls - have to face every day'

'It reminded me of being a teenager, the nice parts! It's a perfect piece of hilarious loveliness! Gold Star!!!!'

'I've just read a gorgeous book! Rebeccas Rules by Anna Carey. For young adults but so funny, sweet, bright I loved it'

'a witty and perceptive snapshot of contemporary Dublin teenagers and their preoccupations: family, friends, school, first romance'

'funny and warmly enjoyable'

'a real treat'

'Anna Carey has created another book to thrill preteen girls'

'a completely authentic teenage voice'


'beautifully drawn characters'

'a completely authentic teenage voice'

'the author has managed to capture the way teenagers think and speak absolutely faithfully'

'witty and easy to read'

friendships and family relationships so well, and for all its humour, this is a remarkably tender book

'the teen voice is spot on throughout, and the portraits Rebecca gives us of her friends and family will resonate with readers'

'Anna Carey has a sharp ear for dialogue and the book's diary format highlights this'

'Carey captures the excitement, camaraderie and tensions ... brilliantly'

'another fresh and funny tale of teen life, if anything even warmer and more perceptive than the first'

'further proof of Carey's talent'

'better than Adrian Mole!' 'highly recommended 'spot on 'amusing from the first page [a] warm and delightful read, with a positive and feisty heroine 'hilarious story 'sure to be a favourite with fans of authors such as Sarah Webb and Judi Curtin

's Recommended Reads 2012 'plenty of light humour and drama'

's Recommended Reads 2012 'John Kowalski is an inspired creation'

'another slice of real-life heartbreak and joy - and a lot of laughs -- Irish Independent 'wonderfully crafted'

'Carey captures the all-consumingness of first love angst to a tee'

'all the teen insight and even more of the humour and fun of the original'

'well written and speaks the language of the teenage girl to perfection'

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).

Questons re The Making of Mollie:-

1. What gave you the idea for your book?
I’ve always been interested in women’s history, and I’d been thinking of writing non-fiction about the Irish suffrage movement. But I thought it would be more fun to tell the story of some teenage girls who want to get involved in the movement, even if the movement - or at least Mollie’s suffragette big sister - doesn’t particularly want them

2. When writing The Making of Mollie, how did you transport yourself back to 1912?
I went to my old school, Dominican College on Griffith Avenue in Dublin, and looked at their old year books. The school was founded in Eccles Street in 1883 (the famous suffragette leader Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington was a pupil there, and later worked there as a teacher) and started producing a yearbook in 1913, which was really, really useful and helped me imagine what the school was like back in those days. It also had lots of stories written by the girls themselves, which were very entertaining and inspirational. It was always a pretty progressive school - it was the first Irish institution that taught Catholic girls right up to university degree level, back in the days before girls were allowed attend universities.

3. Put yourself in her shoes - do you think you would have been as brave as Mollie to get involved in the cause, or would you have been more hesitant, like Stella?
I would definitely have supported the cause, and I think I’d definitely have gone on some protest marches and meetings - I went on a fair few marches for women’s rights when I was a teenager. Would I have actually taken militant action? I’m not sure I’d have been brave enough to break windows, but I think I’d have done some chalking.

4. What was the most rebellious thing you ever did at school?
I got sent home for swearing once, which I wouldn’t recommend. And I sometimes got into trouble for reading and talking and laughing in class. But I was actually pretty well behaved, as a rule. I had a pretty good time at Dominican College, and I’m still good friends with my best friends from school.

5. What age were you when you became aware/interested in the suffragettes and women’s rights?
I can’t remember how old I was when I first heard of the suffragettes, but my mother always did tell my sisters and me how important it was for us to vote, because women had died for that right. I was always interested in feminist issues but I really started identifying myself strongly as a feminist when I was about 16, in 1992.

6. Who are your favourite writers?
I have too many to count! My favourite writers for young people are Antonia Forest, Noel Streatfeild, Diana Wynne-Jones, Tove Jansson, E. Nesbit, Hilary McKay and Helen Cresswell.

7. What was your favourite book when you were a child?
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I used to read it aloud to make myself cry. And I named my diary Sara after Sara Crewe.

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 11


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O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

24th September 2012




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