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New Beginnings [Paperback]

Rebecca Emin
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Book Description

23 Jan 2012
Sam Hendry is not looking forward to starting at her new school. Things go from bad to worse as the day of truth arrives and all of her fears come true... and then some. When Sam meets a different group of people who immediately accept her as a friend, she begins to feel more positive. With her new friends and interests, will Sam finally feel able to face the bully who taunts her, and to summon up the courage to perform on stage?

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Grimoire Books (23 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190837506X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908375063
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,501,583 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 or by following her blog at:

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars New Beginnings 11 July 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 3 July 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read With a Strong Message 31 Oct 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars New Beginnings 6 Oct 2011
By Helen
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging story about growing up 5 Oct 2011
By sue
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't sure, but pleasantly surprised 26 July 2011
By Snowman
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and insightful 31 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
When i first looked at the book it looked good i started to read it then got but after a bit there were same really funny bits i enjoy the book so get this book its a bit of a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by it's ok
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely well written story, with a message.
I thoroughly enjoyed, New Beginnings. The characters are real. My Goddaughter (12) and I, found them easy to relate to. Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. V. Treaddell
3.0 out of 5 stars Light and readable
A pleasantly written story about an eleven year old girl moving to her new school. The story revolves around her making friends, and some enemies, plus her successes and... Read more
Published on 31 July 2012 by C. R. Bullock
4.0 out of 5 stars timely and sympathetic...
Timely subject told in a sympathetic manner. Bullying happens at all ages and for a variety of reasons. Read more
Published on 23 July 2012 by Melanie King
2.0 out of 5 stars not very impressed
bought this on my kindle by accident, so felt obliged to give it a try. Written very poorly and although I did read all the book, as I kept thinking something sinister may emerge,... Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by PATRUB
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
This is an entertaining read for children aged 8-12. The story kept my interest from the start and the characters were very engaging. Read more
Published on 26 May 2012 by heathworld
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching novel which highlights problems of being bullied at school
New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin is about an eleven year old girl who is bullied at school.
I don't think I've read many schoolgirl novels since Malory Towers, and I can't... Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by Jean Bull
3.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming!
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This originally caught my interest as it seemed very unique - I hadn't read any books on bullying that didn't... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by Tyler-rose Neath
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb debut
New Beginnings.

This is Rebecca Emin's first novel; not that you'd know it. The writing is tight and perfectly suited to its target audience. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2012 by Mr. Trevor Belshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for pre-teens and teens
Sam Hendry is moving on from primary school and her old friends. The transition is not easy. Sam finds herself the victim of bullying as she struggles to find her feet in her new... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2012 by Chick Lit Girl
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