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First Time
By (author): Meg Tilly
9781551439440 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Dating & Sex Vancouver Island Nov 01, 2008
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.25 in | 80 gr 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
YALSA Quick Picks 2009, Short-listed Golden Eagle Award nominee 2009, Short-listed CCBC Best Books 2010, Commended
Haley knows it isn't her fault.

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.

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

"Captures the emotions and feelings of sixteen year old girls perfectly...a very good addition to the young adult genre." - Sukee's Book Bites

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Tilly accomplishes her goal of getting into a teenager's head in 100 short pages, and the novel is riveting." - Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee

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

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

"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.' - Library Media Connection

"Mature readers will sympathize with Haley's difficult situation." - The Horn Book Guide

"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." - NMRLS Youth Services Book Review Group

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