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Rebels by Accident by [Dunn, Patricia]

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Length: 317 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 9 Up—Miriam and her best friend Deanna land in jail following an ill-advised attempt to crash a party shortly before the police arrived. Egyptian American Miriam, always kept on a tight leash by her parents, is convinced her life will end following the party incident. Instead, she's handed a worse fate; her irate parents send her to Egypt to live with her notoriously strict Sittu (grandmother). Deanna's mother decides that she should go, too, so they are promptly shipped off together. Sittu, however, strikes little resemblance to the harsh woman described by Miriam's father and clearly has a few secrets up her sleeve, as they begin to suspect her online activities have something to do with the civil unrest bubbling up around them. Miriam and Deanna's trip coincides with the dawn of the Arab Spring on the eve of the protests in Tahrir Square. Much is packed into the story of their very short time in Egypt, from sightseeing, quarrels, and crushes to matchmaking, illness, and the protests. The narrative is at its most compelling during scenes set in Tahrir Square as the characters try to communicate amid the chaos., though these scenes comprise only a very small part of the story line. Miriam's growing self-awareness and reluctant connection to her Egyptian identity and Sittu are the primary focus. Though the plot feels contrived and often predictable, it is still an enjoyable, fast-paced read. A sweet coming-of-age tale that sheds light on the plight of anyone who feels like an outsider.—Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJ


""Told through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Mariam, an Egyptian-American girl who travels to Egypt during the Arab Spring, Rebels by Accident captivates and engrosses the reader. Illuminating for young readers the complex role of youth in the tumultuous Arab Spring, Mariam's story reflects upon important concerns that American Muslims face, providing a valuable perspective on the power young people can wield in truly affecting change in the world." " - American Society For Muslim Advancement

"Rebels by Accident was a fun, lovely, humorous, and bittersweet story about two girls experiencing a country in turmoil and getting to know a grandmother who was full of wisdom and love. " - Wishful Endings

"An interesting, heartfelt read full of diversity and historical developments, Rebels by Accident is a wonderful read for teens who are curious about cultural diversity and/or political reform." - Compass Book Ratings

"The discussion of politics and revolution is inspiring. A good choice for libraries looking to expand offerings about other cultures and politics." - Booklist

"The author shines at writing excellent young-adult novel that is an important and enjoyable read for both teenage girls and any adult wanting to understand more about the present-day life of Egyptian Americans. ." - Kirkus

"A powerful coming-of-age story set on the brink of Egypt's January 25 Revolution in 2011... Dunn allows Mariam's voice its space-making it tentative, passionate, doubting, and utterly believable-while creating a cast of Cairo youth, rebels, and expatriates that upend Mariam's preconceptions and will do the same for many readers." - Publishers Weekly

"A sweet coming-of-age tale that sheds light on the plight of anyone who feels like an outsider" - School Library Journal

Product details

  • File Size: 1285 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492601381
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (December 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MX6299O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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