Anna Carey

Anna Carey

ANNA CAREY is a journalist and author from Dublin who has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent and many other publications. Anna’s first book, The Real Rebecca, was published in 2011, and went on to win the Senior Children’s Book prize at the Irish Book Awards. Rebecca returned in the critically acclaimed Rebecca’s Rules, Rebecca Rocks and Rebecca is Always Right. The Making of Mollie (2016) was her first historical novel and was shortlisted for the Senior Children’s Book prize at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and was followed by the sequel, Mollie on the March, which received rave reviews. Anna’s most recent book The Boldness of Betty was also shortlisted for the Senior Children’s Book prize at the 2020 Irish Book Awards and features a cameo appearance from our favourite suffragette, Mollie.

Rebecca Rocks

Rebecca's Rules

The Real Rebecca

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Mollie On The March

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The Boldness of Betty - A 1913 Dublin Lockout Novel

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The Making of Mollie

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The Real Rebecca

Rebecca’s mum Rosie writes books for adults, but when she writes a novel for teens, everyone thinks it's based on her daughter!

Rebecca is horrified and vows to prove that she is different.

But how will she show the world the real Rebecca?

Rebecca's Rules

Rebecca’s back and life is not quite working out. Her boyfriend has moved to Canada. She has annoyed my best friends Cass and Alice by moping. Things have got to change. So she's made some new rules. The most important one is: find something exciting to do. Something fun. Something new. Something like joining the school musical …

Rebecca Rocks

Holidays mean no school for THREE months! Rebecca’s band Hey Dollface are going to a summer camp to become total rock stars. But there’s another band, the Crack Parrots, and they’re going to be trouble. As for romance, Cass's love life is complicated, while Rebecca’s doesn’t really exist at all …

Rebecca is Always Right

Rebecca isn't looking forward to school after a summer full of music and excitement. Throw in a dad who is trying to take over his amateur musical, a mum who keeps reminding her that it's a big exam year, and an English teacher who has decided to become a novelist, and it's another eventful term for Rebecca.

The Making of Mollie

Written by Anna Carey, Cover illustration by Lauren O'Neill

Mollie Carberry's life seems pretty dull until she discovers her older sister Phyllis is a suffragette! When she and her friend Nora get involved they must face the question of how far a girl should go for her beliefs.

Mollie On The March

Written by Anna Carey, Cover illustration by Lauren O'Neill

Mollie Carberry is a suffragette! Well, sort of. Mollie and her best friend Nora have been bravely fighting for women’s rights – even though no one else really knows about it. But when they hear a big protest is being planned, they know they have to take part.

The Boldness of Betty

A 1913 Dublin Lockout Novel

Written by Anna Carey, Cover illustration by Lauren O'Neill

It’s summer 1913 and Betty Rafferty has had to leave school aged 14. She is lucky to gets a job in a sweet shop, but is bored and looks with envy at her customers who attend the nearby posh girls school. But life in Dublin becomes anything but boring when industrial unrest brings the city to a halt.