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 taun...more
This story has a happy ending. Not all bullying stories have happy endings. My heart goes out to all those affected by horrible situations in school, work and life in general.
A great read for 9-12 year olds.
Now is a perfect times for fiction and film to de ...more
Ending: 3/5 (I know it's a middle school read, but I really, REALLY wanted to see Nathan and Sam together)
Engrossing: 3/5 (The REAL plot/rising action started like, at about 3/5 of the book??)
Overall, it's a quick and fun read. However, the pace was really, really slow. Stick to it, then it starts to get interesting in the middle. (The part when she went on vacation) Maybe it's because I'm a high school student and ...more
Having read and reviewed Rebecca Emin's other book, When Dreams Come True, upon finding this book on Netgalley, I figured it would be a good idea to read it as well. And it was! I honestly had such a good time reading this book, and I know others will, too.
New Beginnings revolves around 11-year old Sam, who is starting a new school for seventh grade. She is really scared, ...more
Sam doesn't want to change schools, but when her parents decide it's time she started private school she has to make the move. She's terrified she won't fit in and soon her worst fears are coming true. She gets picked out as a target by a bully and she starts to hate her time there, but then she meets a group that accepts her. Can she turn it round and be happy and can she achieve her dream of performing on stage.
I found myself very moved by this story and engrossed in the storyline from the start.
Sam Hardy is not looking forward to leaving the comfort of her primary school and starting secondary school.
Things only get once when she starts as she gets bullied by a group of children. This is sadly something that effects so many people of all ages. ...more
The story is about Sam and anyone who has suffered any kind of bullying or teasing at school will be able to relate to Sam. I know I could fully relate to her situati ...more
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 t ...more
Sam Hendry is a good girl - polite, kind and passionate about singing and acting. She is also unhappy. Isolated at the posh new school her parents have struggled to send her to, she is picked on by a group of girls led by manipulative, damaged Molly. Her confidence undermined, Sam struggles to make friends and share her painf ...more
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 have some kind of supernatural element.
The main character Sam moves from her comfortable surroundings into High School which is anything but enjoyable for her. She's bullied, and unfortunately I could relate easily to this character as I went through bullying ...more
Sam is a girl who is about to leave her primary school and friends to start at a new school. At the new school Sam does not know anyone there. Sam wants to stay at her primary school where she feel comf ...more
Sam Hendry, comes across as a lovely normal polite, down to earth girl. Sam is 11 years old and with a passion for singing and acting, Sam has just left primary school and is not settled or happy at her posh new school. Sam is being bullied by Molly and her crew. As things get worse for Sam she decides to write everything down in a note book so she has a timeline when the time is right to confid ...more
First I would like to say that this book is difficult to rate, it is written for a set market and age group and if I was in that age range I might have given it higher ratings.
The book evolves around Sam, a girl whose background is different from all her new class mates, starting a new secondary school. The idea is very good, a book on bullying and how someone can still prove that they are better than the bully and achieve their dreams.
The bo ...more
I don't think I've read many schoolgirl novels since Malory Towers, and I can't remember much bullying going on there as everyone was having such a "jolly good time".
However, I soon became engrossed with the story about Sam Hendry, a girl starting at a new school on her own, as her primary school friends have all gone to another. This is bad enough, but then she is picked on by Molly and her cronies who dest ...more
I am glad that I chose to read this book - I think that kids will benefit from reading it. Many times victims of bullies remain silent, and let the bullying continue, much to their detriment. They don't know how to handle it, who to tell, if they will be b ...more
I normal recommend who would enjoy a book at the end of a review but if you have a child of between 8 and 14 who is subject to bullying then I would highly recommend either you or they read this.
It tells the story of Sam who is an eleven year old girl starting a new school. She is bullied by one girl in particular at the start and the book goes through how she deals with it as well as the other activities in her life.
I would have loved to ...more
I wanted to start on this book, ..., but then I got sick and I wasn't able to pick it up for a week! Luckily I got better and finished it in two days as I loved it! This is a fantastic book for young teens (12-14 years). I think everybody can identify themself with the main character and it deals with a subject everybody can relate to. I mean: everybody at least knows somebody who is being bullied, or maybe you are the one being bullied or maybe you are a bully.
I liked the ...more
Sam starts a new school and gets bullied by a group of girls. Throughout the course of the book, Sam encounters other friends (outside of school) and successes in her performing arts endeavors and love life. These successes help her to stand up for herself and the bullying.
This is an important book on bullying. It addresses how so few people could know you were being bullied and how danger ...more
This book should have been cheesy. It should have dulled me in two minutes flat and should be getting a negative review however something in me can not do that.
This book is about a young girl being bullied and overcoming it and mastering her talents and it was fantastic. I can’t help thinking when I was bullied how much this book would have meant to me.
Yes it was preachy but to its ta ...more
This book should be in every children and school library.
It is really accessible and gives clear indications what should be done when one is the subject of bullying.
In the first 40 pages, I found there were many repetitions and it was a bit tedious. After that, it picked up. I liked how Sam's life evolved and the steps she took to improve her situation.
Suggestion : I felt it would have been interesting to have a reminder page at the e ...more
After all, when you're being bullied, you don't want people to know but when Sam discovered a website dedicated to the subject of bullying, she decided to do something about it.
New Beginnings is a very easy read (I managed to finish it in under 24 hours), so children won’t have a problem with it. There’s also a lot of extra advice for them on how to deal with bullies, and this will also prove valuable for parents who know or suspect that their child is being bullied.
'A Knowing Look and Other Stories' is a collection of my short stories and flash fiction published in 2011.
My debut novel, 'New Beginnings' was published by Grimoire Books in January 2012.
My second novel, 'When Dreams Come True' was published on 28 May 2012.