Rebecca Rocks by Anna Carey
  

Rebecca Rocks

Written by Anna Carey

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The third in the award-winning series about Rebecca Rafferty following The Real Rebecca, winner of the Irish Children’s Book of the Year 2011, and Rebecca's Rules. This novel is even stronger than the first two featuring Rebecca - it's full of real feel-good fun, a touch of romance and is a wonderfully accurate reflection on girly teen life. Young teens and older ones too will love it.

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Rebecca Rocks by Anna Carey

My name is Rebecca Rafferty, and I know that this is going to be the best summer ever. Well, maybe. On the plus side, holidays mean no school. And my band Hey Dollface are going to a cool summer camp where we will (hopefully) learn how to become total rock stars. Which is all good, obviously. But there are problems too. There are summer exams, a band of mean boys out to spoil our fun, my friend Cass's love life is complicated and my own love life just doesn't really exist at all ...

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Anna Carey has built up a loyal fan base of young teens who have fallen in love with Rebecca's wit and adolescent high jinks -- Sunday World charming, uplifting -- Newstalk Breakfast reflect adolescent experiences in a realistic and illuminating way -- Sunday Independent charming, uplifting story for young teenagers -- Irish Independent Carey hits the mark in terms of finding an authentic teenage voice -- Inismagazine.ie Carey presents Rebecca as a very positive role model for young readers -- Inismagazine.ie a warm, cheerful, and well-paced book -- Inismagazine.ie we need a fourth instalment to see if romance will blossom between Rebecca and Sam! -- Inismagazine.ie a writer in tune with today's young Irish -- Irish Times an attractive lightness of touch ... sharply entertaining -- Irish Times it is difficult to handle such young teenage themes without being patronising or pompous, but Carey admirably avoids both temptations, resulting in a novel refreshing not just in its good-natured humour - there are some delightfully sly and mischievous one-liners - but also in its unsentimental endorsement of youthful dreams and aspirations -- Irish Times the pages in Carey's novel in which her young lesbian character announces her coming out to her friends and in which they give their reactions are superbly written: tone is everything, and it could not be better handled than it is here -- Irish Times perfect for holiday reading -- Armadillo Magazine a bright and breezy read featuring some inventive songs and a main character who isn't a total drip and doesn't need a man to make her relevant -- Sunday Business Post a gentle introduction to feminism -- Sunday Business Post a hilarious new book, perfect for the summer. Cleverly written, witty and smart -- writing.ie a must read -- writing.ie Rebecca Rafferty ... is something of a Books for Keeps favourite -- BooksforKeeps.co.uk Once again, author Anna Carey delivers another lively dose of teen fiction, that feels true throughout and entertains from the first page to the last -- BooksforKeeps.co.uk It's honest, real, touching, a terrific piece of writing -- BooksforKeeps.co.uk the book ends with the stage set for a further adventure which promises to be equally entertaining. Rock on, Rebecca! -- BooksforKeeps.co.uk full of real feel-good fun, a touch of romance and is a wonderfully accurate reflection on girly teen life. Young teens and older ones too will love it -- LoveReading4Kids.co.uk charming, uplifting story -- sarahwebb.com in chatty diary style, the third Rebecca title from Dublin's Anna Carey will please early teen fans of the likes of Sarah Webb and Cathy Cassidy -- Evening Echo

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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Paperback
256 pages
Interest Age: From 11

Author

Anna Carey
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Publisher

O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

5th August 2013

ISBN

9781847175649

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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.

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