A NEW YOUNG ADULT IMPRINT

BW • 6 x 9 • 320 pages
Grades: 9 to 12 / Ages: 14 to 18

Hardcover Jacket
978-1-77138-826-9 | Apr 3, 2018
List Price:
USD $17.99, CAD $18.99

Paperback
978-1-5253-0033-2 | Apr 3, 2018
List Price:
USD $10.99, CAD $12.99

Rebel With a Cupcake

Jesobel Jones is bold and brash, the daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star. Jess sees no need to apologize for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status … or her weight. Jess is who she is. She makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. No regrets.

That is, until Own Clothes Day rolls around at school. Jess and her friends dedicate the requisite hours of planning to their outfits, their hair and their makeup for the one day they are free from school uniforms. But a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess with a pair of leggings split open at the worst spot, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that’s never bothered her before: fat.

The encounter shakes Jess’s formerly iron-clad confidence, and she starts to wonder if she’s been just a little too comfortable in her own skin. When the boy of her dreams invites her to a party, she must decide whether to try to fit in for the first time in her life, or remain true to herself — whoever that really is.

Debut author Anna Mainwaring is a teacher by day, and her understanding of teenage life shines through on every page. This book is laugh-out-loud funny, and captures teen girl life with all its ironies and contradictions.

Rebel with a Cupcake also explores important questions around body image, fat shaming and self-confidence.

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Reviews & Awards

Reviews

“For a contemporary, enjoyable, and relatable novel for all teens, this one is a must-read.”
School Library Journal, February 2018

“Mainwaring has an ear for dialogue and a terrific sense of humor that shines through every page while lending the unique characters a great deal of dignity.”
Booklist, January 2018

“Hilarious and heartfelt.”
Kirkus Reviews, February 2018

“… a sweet but still valid message of the beauty of friendship and acceptance.”
CM Magazine, May 2018

Educational Resources

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Novels
Self-respect

READING LEVELS

Guided Reading
Guided Reading Grade Level
Lexile Level

Z+
HS-Adult
640L

KEYWORDS

high school
baking
body image
England
bullying
relationships
feminism
crush
sibling relationship
female friendship