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The Next Best Young Adult Novel--"Rebels by Accident" by Patricia Dunn

The Huffington Post August 15, 2012

We've hit that dreadful time in August when camp and teen programs are winding down but school hasn't started up. What can your kids do for the next few weeks that they'll enjoy and that will stimulate them to look at the world with a fresh eye? If you have a pre-teen or teenage daughter, give her a copy of Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn. Your only regret will be that she will devour this book in a day or two, and then you'll be stuck where you were. But at least then you can steal the book for yourself.

The novel, just out this week, follows a 16-year-old Egyptian-American girl named Mariam who is completely disconnected from her cultural-religious background. She couldn't care less about her parents' pasts in Egypt. To her, Egypt is a country of camels, pyramids, and veiled women. All Mariam wants is to wear clothes that don't make her "look fat" and to experience her first kiss.

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