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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Grimoire Books (23 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190837506X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908375063
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,200,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rebecca Emin lives in Oxfordshire, England.

Rebecca enjoys writing novels for younger readers and flash fiction and short stories for all ages. She has had several stories included in fundraising anthologies, including '50 Stories for Pakistan' and 'Literary Mix Tapes: Nothing But Flowers.' She was also involved with the selection of stories for '100 Stories for Queensland' as a voluntary reader.

Rebecca is also an author for Ether Books who publish short stories and essays via their app which is currently available for iPhone and iPod Touch.

You can find out more about Rebecca's writing by following her on Twitter @RebeccaEmin, connecting with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RebeccaEminPage or by following her blog at: www.rebeccaemin.com

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About the Author

Rebecca Emin is the mother of three small children. One of her flash stories has been published in the fundraising anthology 50 Stories for Pakistan, and two have been published in the anthology Shambelurkling and Other Stories. She also has several stories available via the Ether App for iPhone and iPod Touch. Rebecca Emin had stories published in four anthologies during 2011.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 July 2011
Format: Paperback
A great book, written with insight, about a problem common to many people. I'm sure readers will find this book touches a nerve somewhere, makes you smile, cry and positively cheer as the story unfolds. The charactor is someone children will identify with and the events in her life are common to many, giving the children chance to see what someone else has done in similar situations. Sensitively written, positively dealt with, not afraid to tackle difficult subjects and above all a very good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McLaughlin on 3 July 2011
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A really good read. The story has a strong plot and sub-plot taking the reader through Sam's emotional extremes inside and outside of her school life. A clever plot twist involving Nathan and unexpected involvement of Nick result in a positive outcome for Sam. Highly Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glynis Smy on 31 Oct 2011
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This is a lovely story of innocence with a painful touch of bullying. It is a pleasant read.

New Beginnings is a story telling of the blossoming of a young girl not yet in her teens. How she overcomes the school bully and faces her own insecurities has been portrayed well by author Rebecca Emin. The story is a great way of getting across to youngsters how do deal with being bullied without a lecture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 6 Oct 2011
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A very well written book which is hard to put down once you've started reading it. Despite the emotional ups and downs of the main character, Sam, the book has an uplifting ending and even leaves you feeling sorry for the bully! Clever story lines throughout which will appeal to all ages. I look forward to reading more books from Rebecca.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sue on 5 Oct 2011
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Sam Hendry feels very alone when she is sent to a different school to her friends. Her first week is a nightmare of bullying and loneliness. She starts to settle down and make friends and enjoy her lessons, but she is still the victim of continuing bullying. The plot encompasses her first feelings of attraction for a boy and her tentative steps towards following her interest in musical drama.
Sam and her friends are very likeable characters, and it is very easy to identify with Sam's early adolescent problems. The lively story is very realistic and believable, and the reader gets caught up in wishing that things go well for Sam.
The book is probably best for children aged about 9-13, but as an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed it and had to keep on reading. It would be a wonderful book for girls and their mothers to read and discuss the problems of growing up. I found it absolutely charming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Snowman on 26 July 2011
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Wasn't quite sure if I would like this story; not necessarily a subject I would normally choice. However, was pleasantly surprised at the build-up of some very strong characters. In addition, some nice surprises through the story make this a memorable and enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leigh the sewing diva on 31 Mar 2012
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I originally read this book because I know the author. I expected it to be good but she surprised me it was fantastic!! Having been bullied badly myself as a child I found her descriptions of how she felt were spot on. I'm sure as well as being a great read for anyone from children upwards it could be especially helpful to those who bully as it will effectively give their victims a voice and to those being bullied as it gives you sound advice without preaching and helps you think there may be light at the end of the tunnel. I will be recommending it to our school for the library and I urge others to do the same.
I'm so proud of you Rebecca that was fantastic!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. S. Kemp on 21 Jan 2012
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The story told here is charming and engaging. Sam is realistically drawn in her feelings and reactions and it is easy to empathise with her. The bullying is also conveyed realistically, both in terms of the way it builds and the way others react to it. Sam's interaction with the Bullying UK website to get advice is well integrated and clearly demonstrates to any readers in need of their support (or with friends who could use it) that they can be helpful. The novel avoids being overly didactic on what Sam 'should' do about her situation.

Sam's talent and love for singing and drama is a nice touch, which allows for some lighter episodes as well as opportunities for her to develop her confidence. It is important in children's books that the child protagonist solves their own problems and this is particularly difficult in bullying stories, where the best real world advice is to seek adult help and not to fight back. Sam's talent and the increasingly positive feedback she gets for it help her to gain confidence and feel able to begin to take control.

Overall, this sweet story will engage its intended age group, whether or not they have experience of being bullied, but it will be particularly valuable to any girl who is currently being bullied.
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