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First Time

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Haley and Lynn are best friends. When Lynn meets Chad, a player several years older, Haley feels left out. She tries to be happy for her friend, but when her mother's new boyfriend starts making unwanted advances, Haley finds she has no one to tell. Not wanting to upset her mother's happiness and finding that Lynn is drifting away, Haley has to face her tormentor alone and face up to some very hard truths.

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"First Time illustrates a dangerous situation in which Haley learns to regret ignoring her instincts...Recommended."

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"Fast-paced, with short chapters and high-interest content. Haley's thought process...is heartbreaking."

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"Tilly accomplishes her goal of getting into a teenager's head in 100 short pages, and the novel is riveting."

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"Tilly has written in an immediate, sometimes raw manner."

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"Truly excellent tale...the voice and persona of Haley capture what is so worth cherishing in an adolescent."

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"Captures the emotions and feelings of sixteen year old girls perfectly...a very good addition to the young adult genre."

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"Teens will find themselves engrossed in this tale of sexual abuse. Self-examination is just one of the outcomes for those who read this tale. Recommended.'

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"Realistic dialogue and situations characterize this novel. Struggling readers will appreciate the quick pacing and the low reading/high interest level."

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"A lightning-quick read that...will likely provoke some discussion among young people about how to handle difficult situations."

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"A fast-paced, intense novel that is sure to keep you guessing and turning its pages...definitely worth a read."

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"Mature readers will sympathize with Haley's difficult situation."

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"Tilly uses Haley's story as a way of discussing sexual abuse...The dialogue between Haley and her best friend...is indicative of what teens deal with on a daily basis."

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"The lack of a sweetly tied up ending is a point in this title's favor, allowing the reader to come up with their own ideas... A possible high/low choice for high school age female readers."

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Meg Tilly is the author of two adult novels, Singing Songs (A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, 1994) and Gemma, both published with Syren Book Company. Her first YA novel, Porcupine, was released by Tundra in Sept 2007, and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize, The Canadian Libraries Association Best Children’s Book 2008, and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award 2008. It also was an Ontario Library Top Ten Best Bets 2008. First Time is her first book published with Orca. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her family. For more information, visit www.officialmegtilly.com.

 
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