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The Rabbit Girl

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
What is the secret of Mallie's picture? The mystery unfolds as evacuees Tony and Alice escape the terrors of London's Blitz for the Lake District, where they befriend a fascinating and fearless old lady. Many years later, an after-school job in a pet shop enables well-meaning Mallie to buy her mum a drawing of a girl with a rabbit. Could this old picture bring past and pre ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks (first published January 1st 2011)
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RLL22016_Yolanda Cedillo
The rabbit girl has so much going on in the story that it is a bit difficult to follow at first. Mary does such a great job and her descriptions of the characters and of the setting that it makes it impossible to not want to continue to read. This book is a revolves around around a boy and girl and their adventures. Mallie (the girl) decides to buy a picture of a girl and a rabbit and a pet shop but soon finds out that picture means more than what she could imagine and that is what gives the sto ...more
Marcelina A
May 04, 2017 Marcelina A rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a great book about past and present can be brought together. The past is how a boy and girl try to escape the wars of London and the present was so cute how Mallie found the picture of a girl with a rabbit at the antique shop for hser mom and how it brought her mom and Steve together. The picture brought Mallie and Mr. Armstrong closer together as well. I recommend this book.
Jan 04, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book! Beautifully written, a cracking story, and a pleasure to read. I am so glad I came across this novel.

It tells two stories, parallel to each other in alternating chapters. One is set in and around the Second World War, first in Ireland, then London, then the Lake District, as young Tony travels to England to be with his father who has found work in London, and slowly adapts to a new life, before having to adapt all over again when the War begins.
The second is in the present
RLL52014_Rachel Weiss Roth
Nov 02, 2014 RLL52014_Rachel Weiss Roth rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-fic
The Rabbit Girl is a sweet novel which tells of two stories with one major connection- a drawing of a girl with a rabbit. The first story line takes place in London in the late 1930s/early 1940s. The story tells of a young boy Tony who is forced to leave his home of Ireland after his mother passes away and eventually is forced to leave London (including leaving his father and neighbor) during the war. Tony is taken to the countryside where he befriends another city child-Alice- and a mysterious ...more
Lauren Brant
Oct 31, 2013 Lauren Brant rated it liked it
Mary Arrigan's "The Rabbit Girl" has a slow start in my opinion. We're introduced to two stories from two different times, presented simultaneously. We meet Tony and his father who live in Ireland in 1934 and then Mallie, her mother Sarah & Mallie's friend Jamila, living in England in the present day. The story takes us through the struggles of Tony losing his mother, having to move to England with his father to find work, and later having to leave his father to be in the countryside where h ...more
RLL520_ColeenDuPuy Dupuy
The Rabbit Girl is a story told through two different time periods, during World War II and then in the present day. The story from the past is about a young boy who must deal with losing his mother, then being sent away by his father to the country in order to escape the fighting in the city. While there he makes a new best friend, Alice and comes to enjoy his time with a mysterious women Mrs. H. The present day story is about a young girl and her mother who struggle often in their relationship ...more
Adele Broadbent
Mallie (Mary Alice Kelly) lives with her mum in present day London. Her mum can’t seem to keep the jobs she gets – never quite settling in. Trying to cheer her mum up on her 40th birthday; Mallie buys her an old painting she finds in an antique shop.

It’s of a girl holding a rabbit. Who is she and who drew the picture? As money is tight, Mallie gets a job working in a pet store a few hours a week. Her friend suggests she try setting up her Mum with the nice guy who works there.

What results is a c
May 18, 2012 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Alice Ann, Jill
I picked this up after noticing the cover at the library. I had no idea what it would be about, aside from the blurb on the back. What a sweet, delightful little story! When a lot of the things I read disappoint me with too much drama, too much angst, and boring love triangles up the yazoo, I get frustrated with YA literature. The Rabbit Girl is probably more middle-school YA, but Arrigan tells a great story with extremely authentic voices. She's created a little fairytale about finding happines ...more
Nov 07, 2014 RLL52014_ShelbyThompson rated it really liked it
This is a great novel with two stories in different decades intertwining and coming together at the end. Tony's story takes place in London during WWII, it describes his life with his father and his experience as an evacuee in the countryside. Mallie's story is about the her life and frustrations with her free spirited mother and her part time job at a pet store. These two lives come together and find their happiness is restored with an unexpected connection. This book would be great for younger ...more
Jun 06, 2016 RLL22016_EsmeraldaValerio rated it really liked it
When I first hear about this story I believed it was very interesting and something that would engage me, but once I began to read the story it made it a bit confusing to follow along. The rabbit girl" is a book that touches on two different stories. One of these stories are based in the 1940s and the other is based on the present. These two stories demonstrate two stories that focus on the picture of the rabbit girl and its mystery. Even thought at the end I didn't find it very intriguing, I wo ...more
Cristy Carranza
Jun 07, 2016 Cristy Carranza rated it it was amazing
This book was a really good twist in terms of stories from World War II. Stories like Anne Frank are very personal and detailed, but this book I feel tends more to the newer and younger generation. I think it would be a good book to introduce World War II to maybe a group of 7th graders. The two stories really compare and contrast with the similarity being the picture and the mysterious Mrs. H. Mallie's life is modern yet difficult in its own way. While Tony and Alice's life is difficult in term ...more
Beth Schencker
Oct 30, 2014 Beth Schencker rated it liked it
Sorry but I wasn't bowled over by this story. I had a hard time feeling empathetic for the characters. The book follows two story lines that converge at the end (to no surprise). In fact, after the revelation of how everything is connected, another twist is introduced. In my opinion, this last detail needn't have been added.
Rabbit Girl is listed as historical fiction, but I found little detail about this time era to really be useful in portraying the past. This book would be great for fourth or
Kristin Dalbec
Oct 29, 2013 Kristin Dalbec rated it really liked it
"The Rabbit Girl" is a wonderfully written story that weaves past and present together with a portrait of girl and her rabbit. The characters were extremely well described through events and dialogue. I especially liked the Millie and Jamila's friendship. It seemed very realistic. This book was selected by the Committee of the United States Board on Books for Young People for one of the forty outstanding international books worldwide in 2012.
Jenn Estepp
Although it takes a healthy suspension of disbelief in parts (oh, the conveniences), it's overall a pretty charming read. Telling two parallel stories - one of a contemporary girl in London, one of boy who was evacuated to the Lake District during World War II - I admit that I teared up a little.
Deborah Kelty
Apr 23, 2016 Deborah Kelty rated it liked it
The story was a bit slow at the start, as it involves the boy Tony's past, and it was the already near the end before they meet the lady, with Tony's ending of his part of the story a little abrupt.
Either way, it was a pretty good read, with quite a surprise at the end!
Jun 29, 2015 Kienie rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, historical
It was pretty average until the end, where it got a bit sentimental and precious. And then everything was right in the world for everyone forever. Can't complain too much, since before that it was just meh. The story was ok, but the way it was written made even the more exciting scenes flat.
Jan 24, 2013 Margit rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely story, two tales interwoven. The voices of the children are very real and their concerns ring true. The twist ending is delightful.
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Shelves: 4th-grade-ar
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Mary Arrigan is an award-winning writer of fiction for children and teenagers. She has been shortlisted for the Readers Association Award, the Bisto Award and the White Raven Award.
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