What People are Saying

Rebels by Accident is a wonderful young adult novel that allows students to understand how individual young people can take action in important world events. In addition to being a great read in general, Rebels by Accident can also play an important part in a social studies or English curriculum, as Standard 9 of the Common Core for ELA requires studies in historical fiction. My students loved it!”
– Erin Filner, Social Studies Teacher, Fox Lane Middle School

Rebels by Accident, a new young adult novel by Patricia Dunn, transcends the typical youth fiction filling the bookshelves today. While providing richly drawn characters and a plot filled with suspense, love and teenage angst, Rebels provides the young reader with a front row seat at the actual revolution that burst forth on the streets of Cairo last spring. This novel touches all the themes relevant to our teenagers today, self-image, bullying, first love and friendship and surrounds these themes in the current events so missing in their lives. A must read for all high school students!”
– Susan Klein, English Teacher, Marta Valle High School, New York, NY

Rebels By Accident captivates us from the very first page. Patricia Dunn draws us into the richly detailed and often humorous world of sixteen-year-old Arab-American Mariam’s quest for love and adventure on the revolutionary streets of Cairo. Mariam’s evolving thoughts about her multicultural identity; challenging relationship with her parents; and loving connection to Sittu, her sassy and wise grandmother, will deeply resonate with readers. As Sittu points out, sometimes a moment can change your life. Mariam shows us that sometimes a moment is all one needs to embrace the brave young woman waiting within all along.”
– Ayesha Mattu, editor and author of the bestselling anthology
Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

“Patricia knows how to write teenagers. She doesn’t fall into the trap of writing what they should say, or what we want them to say. She respects the space between writer and character and gives them a platform to be themselves. … I loved that Patricia respected Mariam’s personal inner revolution, and allowed Mariam the space to indulge her initial shame at her heritage. … Patricia has written a special book and one I read compulsively, not content until I’d finished it in one sitting. … I laughed and I cried. The only thing left to say is, ‘more please’!”
– Randa Abdel-Fattah, Best Selling Author and Human Rights Activist. Author of Ten Things I hate About Me and six other novels.

“Told through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Mariam, an Egyptian-American girl who travels to Egypt during the Arab Spring, Rebels by Accident captivates and engrosses the reader.  Illuminating for young readers the complex role of youth in the tumultuous Arab Spring, Mariam’s story reflects upon important concerns that American Muslims face, providing a valuable perspective on the power young people can wield in truly affecting change in the world.”
-Daisy Khan, Executive Director, American Society for Muslim Advancement

“Mariam is desperate to see what it feels like to be a part of the inside crowd, if only for an evening. That fateful night lands her in the middle of a series of explosive events that change her life and those of millions worldwide. This is a story that will open hearts and minds.”
– Carole Geithner, author of If Only, Scholastic

The book has, along with its wisdom, and its rich characters, wonderful pacing and dialogue, and a real feel for the reality of young people’s prejudices and passions, as well as the way in which they can melt, in the face of reality. It seems to me to be as compelling for parents as for young adults, which is, after all, what really good books from Winnie the Pooh to The Hunger Games do, unite us, rather than divide us.
– Myra Goldberg, author of Rosalind, Whistling and the forthcoming As It Turned Out

Rebels By Accident is no accident but rather a work of pure genius! The story is infused with a rich culture that few know about. It’s a story about finding oneself and appreciating that discovery. Patricia presents the reader with a character who is relatable, interesting and whose journey captures the imagination. A place on the shelves of bookstores worldwide is assured for this novel!”
– Jaela Cheeks, Lomax, Senior at Ursuline High School, New Rochelle NY

June 23, 2015

Dear Patricia,

It was an honor recommending you for the YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Thank you so much for all you have done for the students of Yonkers Public Schools. Your book and author visit with our Saunders High school Honor students was very important part of teaching and learning this year. I hope we will have the opportunity to work together again in the future.

I believe it is an important YA book that promotes peace and multicultural understanding.

Gina Bell
Library Services
Yonkers Public Schools
1 Larkin Center Yonkers, NY, 10701

June 9, 2015

Dear Ms. Dunn,

We would like to acknowledge how wonderful it was to meet you and hear about your rich life experiences. Meeting the acclaimed, published author of a book students completely enjoyed was meaningful and potentially life altering. We also greatly benefited from the opportunity to write freely and express our creativity. We were further impressed by your warmth and generosity. Hopefully, students will continue to develop their ideas and reach out to you for further feedback, as you graciously offered.

Once again, it was truly a pleasure meeting you. We wish you continued success with all of your future writing endeavors.


Ms. Kajana Stephens
& Century Honors English 10 Classes Saunders Trades and Technical High School
183 Palmer Road
Yonkers, NY 10701