Primrose Leary has just started secondary school.
Likes: her pet rat, Roderick; her best friend, Joel; being a little bit different (but not in the weird different sense – she wouldn’t like to be the only bald girl in her class or the only girl who always smelled of ham, or anything).
Dislikes: living with Fintan (her moustachioed dad); the boy-school that Joel’s toddled off to without her; not having her mum around any more. Hilariously and cleverly written, Prim Improper is the debut novel from Deirdre Sullivan.
Praise for PRIM IMPROPER
‘A writer with a sparkling talent … her first novel for young teens is even more hilarious and touching than I could possibly have imagined.’ Siobhán Parkinson
‘… written with a light touch and a good ear for teenage vernacular. It should strike a chord with girls who know just how hard it is to be 13 …’ Inis magazine
‘… the best children’s-fiction debut I’ve read in a long time … Few authors can write hilarious books about serious subjects without awkward shifts in tone, but Sullivan pulls it off brilliantly … one of the most entertaining books … that I’ve read this year.’ Anna Carey, The Irish Times
‘… hilariously written, very clever and an original, addictive read … Her voice is genuine and free-flowing, her character brilliantly developed. A joy to read and very memorable.’ Mary Esther Judy,fallenstarstories.blogspot.com
‘… wit and style …’ Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times
‘A wonderful, funny, human book which will make you sigh, smile and cackle in turn. A moving, funny take on the hopes and fears of a smart, sassy 13 year old girl.’ Karina, bookshelves blog
‘So original … It had a sort of addictive quality to it – like you couldn’t put it down!’ Bríd, 14, Leitrim
‘Truly a great book.’ Chloe, 13, Waterford
‘Really, really good’ Nuala, 11, Leitrim
‘Prim Improper distinguishes itself from its peers with its contagious sense of humour … making a lasting impression.’ Inis magazine
Deirdre Sullivan is a writer from Galway now living in Dublin and working as a teacher. She has established a reputation for herself as a leading Irish YA author following her trilogy on the teenage years of Primrose Leary, which has been widely acclaimed (Ireland’s much-respected YA critic, Robert Dunbar, says it ‘sparkles with authenticity’); two of the Prim books were shortlisted for the CBI awards; and the final one, Primperfect, was also shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature – the only YA novel to be nominated for this award from any European country.