New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin Launches!

Last April I interviewed the lovely Rebecca Emin as part of my mother writer series. I first connected with and got to know Rebecca over Twitter and since then she has become a fantastic friend and my writing ‘twin’ as we share similar experiences of writing, submitting etc while looking after our young families. Many writers will be aware of Rebecca’s selflessness when it comes to supporting other writers and also causes – she’s involved in many charity anthologies. It is for these and many other reasons that I’m delighted to be involved in celebrating the official publication date of her debut novel for young readers (8-12) New Beginnings by Grimoire Books.

My Review of New Beginnings

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 school. Rebecca brilliantly captures the vulnerability and confusion of adolescence and convincingly portrays Sam’s experiences and thoughts. The feel good storyline of Sam finding her identity through her talent for music gives the book a great appeal for would be stars. Without giving too much away: the ending is just terrific. The book is a positive read for children as they move to this new stage in their lives. Despite the female protagonist, the book is not just for girls, my ten year boy was totally engrossed in Sam’s story and how it turned out. It’s a story that will appeal to any child daunted by change and relationships. I highly recommend this book for the 8-12 age group, it’s encouraging, engaging and a great read!

Join us over on Rebecca’s blog Ramblings of a Rusty Writer to find more details of the book and how Rebecca is celebrating today with competitions and giveaways!

By commenting here on this post and on the other blogs she lists you are in with a chance to win prizes – either one of Rebecca’s books, signed or free entry to a great writing competition.

You can read some reviews of New Beginnings (or buy it!) on or

For Irish buyers, it’s also available at Eason’s.

You may like to visit some of the other blogs helping Rebecca to celebrate today too.

Big congratulations to Rebecca and I hope you enjoy her book!



  1. This sounds like the PERFECT book for me and my boy. As you know my boy is finishing primary school this year and is on the cusp of this new scary (for me) and exciting (for him) beginning!! It seems especially poignant as he is currently having ‘issues’ (avoiding the word ‘bullying’ here) in school.

    Thanks for the info 🙂

    xx Jazzy

    1. Jazzy, I hope you and your boy enjoy the book if you do decide to read it. Thanks for the comment. Best wishes to your son and I hope those issues are sorted out before too long.


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