A travesty. A violation. An ecstasy. A disappointment. An instant. A lie. A theft. A rite of passage. Whatever you call it, there’s only one first time.
A.S. King, Melvin Burgess, Keith Gray, Patrick Ness, Anne Fine, Sophie McKenzie, Bali Rai, Jenny Valentine, Mary Hooper, and Andrew Smith. Some of today’s leading international YA authors contributed to this hard-hitting collection of original short stories: some funny, some moving, some haunting, but all revolving around the same subject—virginity.
|Grade 9 - Grade 12
|Lerner Publishing Group
|Carolrhoda Lab ®
|Number of Pages
Author: Melvin Burgess
Melvin Burgess is the author of Smack, winner of the Carnegie Medal. He lives in England.
Author: Anne Fine
Anne Fine is the author of more than 50 books for young readers and was the Children’s Laureate of Great Britain. She lives in England.
Author: Keith Gray, Editor
Author: Mary Hooper
Mary Hooper is the author of Newes from the Dead. She lives in England.
Author: A. S. King
A.S. King is the award-winning author of young adult books including the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz, and the upcoming Reality Boy. After fifteen years living self-sufficiently and teaching literacy to adults in Ireland, she now lives in Pennsylvania with her small, freakish family. Find more at www.as-king.com.
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Sophie McKenzie is the author of Close My Eyes. She lives in England.
Author: Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness is the author of A Monster Calls, winner of the Carnegie Medal. He lives in England.
Author: Bali Rai
Bali Rai is the author of Killing Honour. He lives in England.
Author: Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith is the author of many young adult novels, including Printz Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle. Besides writing, Andrew Smith is a runner. He has completed more than 30 marathons and off-road triathlons in his life. He enjoys the outdoors, and lives in a very remote area of California with his wife Jocelyn, son Trevin, and daughter Chiara, where they raise horses.
Author: Jenny Valentine
Jenny Valentine is the author of Me, the Missing, and the Dead, a William Morris Honor book. She lives in Wales.
“The stories are beautifully written….The power and beauty of the writing resonate longer than how-who-did-what-to-whom.” —VOYA
The stories are uniformly engaging and polished….[T]he subject alone will interest older teens and give insight into this rite of passage." —School Library Journal
“Often wickedly funny and deceptively insightful, these stories are populated with multidimensional characters who delve into issues such as body shame, reputation and the disconnect involved for teens in talking honestly with adults about sex….This is a fresh, smart collection with a can’t-lose subject.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Sometimes funny, sometimes painful, and thoroughly thought-provoking.” —Publishers Weekly