New Beginnings CoverSam 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?
New Beginnings is the debut novel of Rebecca Emin. New Beginnings was published by our children’s imprint, Grimoire Books, on January 23rd 2012, and retails at £6.99.

New Beginnings is also available on the Kindle

Did you know that John Barrowman (of Torchwood fame) has a cameo appearance in New Beginnings? However, there are no aliens involved, as it’s in his guise as a stage show performer that John Barrowman makes his appearance here. So a big thank you goes out from us to John Barrowman and his agent Gavin Barker for agreeing to his walk-on role in Rebecca Emin’s debut novel.

Parents in Touch – their review of New Beginnings
Nayu’s Reading Corner – their review of New Beginnings
Life Between Pages – a great review of New Beginnings
Thoughts from the Hearthfire – read Beth Kemp’s review of New Beginnings
Jeremy Mark Lane – his review of New Beginnings
Susan K. Mann – her review of New Beginnings

Bookworm Ink. – their review of New Beginnings

Praise for New Beginnings:
TJ King (8)
“I love the book so much that I just can’t stop thinking about it + can’t wait for the next time I can get back to reading it.”
Eilidh Carlisle (11) on Facebook via her mum, Louise
“Eilidh got her book this morning and started reading it and is so excited, she even asked if you’d written any other books and was gutted to hear you don’t have a huge series.”
Aimee Tennison (12.5) via Facebook
“Joint first with Jacqueline Wilson.”
“Just read one of the best books ever!”
“It is sooooo goood! I couldn’t put it down.”
Also from adults:
Kate Bodle
“Great story with a strong message! Well done!”
Gay Bosley
“I have just finished reading New Beginnings and really enjoyed it. It might be aimed at children but I found it very readable! What good advice for anyone being bullied. I think Rebecca will have a great future ahead of her if she keeps writing books like that.”
Donna Butler
“My lovely shiny new book arrived today! :-) am already half way through it, it’s one of those books that you really want to keep reading to see what happens next! Unfortunately after nearly 2 hours, I am going to have to leave it and get ready for work tomorrow :-(
Rachel Tennison
“The book was amazing! I started it last night and finished it today, amid smiles, tears and sadness that I had reached the end. I loved the personal feel to it, I know how that poor girl felt, but could understand how the bully felt, you described her so well. I loved the drama twist, suspense and joy at her coming out so well, loved how you tackled the bullying…”
Kathleen Kirkland
“Today I started reading New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin. Finished it in just a few hours. It was fantastic, and I am not just saying that. So well written, you have a talent. I could not begin to write a book for teenagers, I would not have the vocabulary for it. Such a fantastic story about two very important issues in growing up, bullying and confidence building, keep producing them.”
Bridget Smith
“I bought your book and took it away with me to read when I went to Devon 2 weeks ago. It’s a charming read with a good story line and deals so well with the problem of bullying well done you!”
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2 Responses to New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin

  1. Renee C. says:

    Thanks for linking in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop, Rebecca. As you know, my daughter and I are big, big fans of When Dreams Come True – she STILL talks about that book! lol Hope you’ll join us again. Cheers!

  2. Rebecca, welcome to the Kid Lit Blog Hop! Your book sounds great, particularly in this era of intense bullying. Hope it helps young people get through these things. Thanks for linking up with the Blog Hop!

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