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Patricia Dunn
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Rebels by Accident

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A Troubled Teen Sent to Cairo Finds Revolution is Everywhere, Including in Ourselves

When my first party ends in jail, I think things can’t possibly get worse. But then my parents send me to my grandmother in Cairo, and I’m sure my life is over. My sittu is Darth Vader’s evil sister, and I’m sure the only sites I’ll get to see in Egypt are the rooms in her apartment.

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Aliaa El-Nashar
The main reason I decided to read this book and requested it at Netgalley was because of the storyline. As many of you well, should know –it is obvious – I am Egyptian. And I had spent some time in Egypt during the events of the 25th of January, but had to go visit my parents in Kuwait before it got dangerous. It was weird being so far from your family and friends and having no way to contact them, completely terrifying really, and not the holiday we’d all hoped for obviously. Let me tell you, w...more
Protestors taking to the streets. Tear gas invading the air. Gunshots ricocheting through the sounds of people chanting and shouting.

Last year, the revolution in Egypt was all over the Internet and the news. You heard about it everywhere you went. I remember watching videos of the protests and wondering what it must like to be there, rallying for freedom against a corrupt government.

After reading Rebels by Accident, I have a small glimpse into the realities of rebellion.

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Candace (Lovey Dovey Books)
Rebels by Accident is fun and enlightening. Patricia Dunn engages readers with a young Egyptian-American teen who struggles to accept being Muslim and her Egyptian roots. Every page captures the essence of a young girl who finds herself through hope and motivation.

Mariam and her best friend Deanna are sent to Cairo, Egypt as a form of punishment. Turns out the trip not only straightens Mariam's attitude, but the time spent with her wise sittu also helps Mariam come to terms with who she is. Dunn...more
I thought that it was a great book.

love love love this book!
I rate this 3 1/2 stars: Rebels by Accident details last year's uprising in Cairo, Egypt through the eyes of American-born Miriam whose parents send her to stay with her Sittu (grandmother) in Egypt after Miriam gets busted at a party. The worst part is Miriam and her friend Deanna, both outcasts at their school, weren't even drinking or smoking pot with the other kids, but they were arrested anyway. Her strict parents, who don't allow Miriam to have a cell phone, Facebook page or dress in trend...more
Mina Lobo
I give it 4.5 stars. As a "grown up" 1st generation American, I could relate to Mariam's feelings of alienation from her peers. On the bright side, she had her BFF Deanna to support her when the mean girls of high school brought her down. On the other hand, Mariam finds herself battling feelings of jealousy when first her Sittu (grandmother) and then A Boy both seem to prefer Deanna to her. I understand her sense of inadequacy and smallness, but because of the sass with which she tells her story...more
Mariam, an American teenager born to Egyptian parents, doesn’t feel like she fits in. The kids at school liken her family to terrorists despite the fact that Mariam doesn’t speak a word of Arabic and can remember ever visiting her parent’s homeland.

After sneaking out to go to a party and ending up locked up at the local police station, Mariam’s overprotective parents decide to send her to live with her grandmother, Sittu, in Egypt for a while. Mariam’s terrified of the stories her father has tol...more
Soma "Insomnia Of Books"

Beautiful and touching, one of the books that touched my heart and left a spot there that will never be erased. I loved this book, it is set in a time that was truly phenomenal and rebellious in the history of the World. This review will be REALLY long, since I have a lot to say, please stick with me.
It's Mariam's second trip to the police station, but this time she is arrested because she was in a party with drugs and alcohol. It was her first party, but it looks like it's her last, too. Mari...more
My review:

The blurb seemed really interesting and caught my attention right away. So did the book itself. Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn is a very good YA novel; it is well written has very likable characters and touches important issues like coming of age, religion, family. It is easy to read and after you have turned the last page, you keep wanting more!


The book starts with 15-years old girl Mariam being arrested on a party, having a conversation with her best friend Deanna. You quic...more
wanted to read a book about muslims or something
it was surprisingly okay
the main character was incredibly annoying but thank the lord she grew up and saw sense eventually
but it didn't deal with Islam and Muslims that well it just showed how sometimes american muslims can be ashamed of their identity or heritage depends on the family i suppose.

but i liked the stuff on the Egyptian Revolution. Mariam showed how ignorance is a choice whereas Deanna showed how information is a choice.

i found it un...more
This is such an exciting read! I started reading it and couldn't put it down! The protagonist is likeable and relatable as a young adolescent who transforms into a self-assured, confident person who learns to appreciate her cultural heritage. It's a contemporary novel, set against the 2011 Egyptian revolution, and Dunn realistically portrays the technological (Facebook, twitter, iPhones) and cultural and even linguistic (OMG!) usages of teenagers. And the friendship between Deanna and Mariam is...more
Julie Schoerke
Aug 05, 2012 Julie Schoerke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, librarians, teachers
How I wish there were more books for teens like this! Well-written, engaging, realistic and an up-to-the-day accurate in the portrayal of Egypt from the perspective of an American Muslim author. Perfect for a gift for a teen girl or for a reading list for a language-arts or world events/history class or summer reading list for schools and libraries. Quality story-telling at its best! I'm looking for more great work from Patricia Dunn in the future.
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Patricia Dunn’s, Rebels By Accident, (Sourcebooks Fire, October 2014) tells the story of a troubled teen sent to Cairo who finds revolution is everywhere, including in ourselves.

Dunn was the managing editor of, America’s most popular Muslim online magazine from 2003-2008. She has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College where she also teaches.

Her writing has appeared...more
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