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Book Club: "Rebels By Accident" by Patricia Dunn

  • Dec 7, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • John H. Holmes Community House

Salaam all, please be reminded that we will be having our 6th book club this coming Friday, "Rebels By Accident" by Patricia Dunn. The author of the book will be hosting the event so do come and hear as well as participate in the discussion.

Do not worry if you haven't read the book by now as we will provide a summary. The topics that will be addressed/discussed are general in nature, that is, we will all learn and take something away from the discussion given the nature of the topics addressed in the book. It is possible that the discussion will inspire you to read the book if you haven't done so already, so, either way, do come and join us.

The book is not long at all and it doesn't take long time to read. If you are still interested in reading it before Friday, please look below for details as to where to find it.

Thank you all for your attention and my very best wishes to all.



For our sixth book club selection, we will be reading: Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn, who happens to be a member of our group. This book is geared towards a young adult audience, however it is captivating and relevant enough that adults of all ages would find it interesting to discuss.


Rebels by Accident introduces us to Mariam, a 15-year-old Arab-American teenager who finds herself in jail after police raid a party she had crashed with her best friend, Deanna. Her horrified parents punish her for this first act of “rebellion” by sending her to Egypt to stay with her paternal grandmother, Sittu, a woman known to her only as someone strict and uncompromising. It is in Egypt where the story unfolds. Under the careful watch of Sittu, Mariam and Deanna are thrust into a foreign culture, where through a series of adventures (visiting the pyramids, going to the mall, ice-skating), the girls come to realizations about who they are as individuals. It is also within the backdrop of the political revolution, exemplified by the mass gathering at Tahrir Square, where “surrounded by thousands of protestors, Mariam finally embraces what it means to be American and Egyptian


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.

Turns out she’s not so bad.

We ride camels by the pyramids and ice skate at a mall. As Sittu says, “Sometimes a moment can change your life.” But it can change the life of a country too. When a girl named Asmaa calls the people of Egypt to protest, I find myself in the middle of a revolution, running from tear gas and guns.

Oh yeah, and I meet the cutest guy I’ve ever seen. Fall in love for the first time. And have my first kiss.

Where to Purchase:

  • For those in Brooklyn: The Word Brooklyn Bookstore:
  • Amazon
  • Barnes and Nobel
  • Copies could be sent through individuals by the author



Note: We pay a modest rent for the space rental, so a donation of $3-5 if you can spare it to help offset the rent is greatly appreciated.

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  • PatriciaMG

    I had a wonderful time. Great discussion. Thanks to everyone who came. Special thanks to the amazing organizers and wonderful hosts, Alma and Alexandra.

    December 9, 2012

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