Demelza Rice is Not Very Nice

Demelza Rice is Not Very Nice

By Sarah Millington

Format: Paperback

(5 customer reviews)

Publication Date: 28 Jan 2023


Categories: Young Children

ISBN: 9781915352569


Sophie Miller knows she’s not cool and is dreading starting secondary school. Her worst fears prove founded when she’s targeted by bully Demelza Rice on her first day. To add to her problems, her family are seriously embarrassing.

Parents’ night arrives and, just as she predicts, they completely humiliate her. As Sophie struggles to stand up to her enemy, everything seems to unravel: her mum gets a job, making her feel abandoned, her best friend’s mum runs away and, worst of all, her best friend starts going out with Sophie’s brother. Feeling desperate, she acts out of character and lands herself in trouble, but the question is, will Sophie be brave enough when it really matters?

This is a story that proves it’s OK to be different and shows that with a little help from friends and family you can achieve anything.


Sarah Millington is an award-winning journalist with more than twenty years’ experience. She lives in the North East of England with her husband, two daughters and dog. This is her first novel.


Grace Newton, age 13 (Guest Review) - 10 Jan, 2023

This book is really good and I enjoyed reading it. I think it is very relatable to what happens in daily life. I also think the characters are very true to life.

Ruby Magnus, age 13 (Guest Review) - 10 Jan, 2023

I really enjoyed the book and love how it shows real life struggles like bullying and struggling to eat that young children go through but are too scared to speak up about it. It is really inspiring and I would definitely recommend it.

Laila Wallace, age 10 (Guest Review) - 10 Jan, 2023

Everyone knows a Demelza Rice! An inspiring and relatable story about overcoming your fears when faced with a mean school bully and how things are not always as they seem... One of my favourite parts of the book is when Sophie overcomes her fears and stands up for herself, which is an empowering moment for her and anyone reading this book who may be experiencing something similar themselves. I really liked the funny character names such as Justin Case and Hazel Nutt and would recommend this book to my friends!

Bookends manager Ellen Cammack (Guest Review) - 10 Jan, 2023

Mean Girls meets Judy Blume in this contemporary children's drama.
Heroine Sophie Miller already feels seriously uncool, no thanks to her toe-curlingly embarrassing family. But things are about to get worse at her new school, when the formidable bully Demelza Rice and her Demelzites start gunning for her. Demelza Rice is Not Very Nice is a clever, funny and relatable tale about not fitting in, by an exciting new talent in teenage fiction.

Lynne Higgs (Guest Review) - 24 Feb, 2023

An inspirational book for young children. Sophie is an engaging character with a very relatable family with whom we can all sympathise!
I love the way that the author helps us to engage with both the plight of the main character and the bully.
Teens will be able to relate to Sophie's emotional rollercoaster and cheer her on...
A must read.
The author has captured teenage life with emotion and humour.

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