First Times: Stories Selected by Marthe Jocelynby Marthe Jocelyn
“First times” can be life-changing experiences. Marthe Jocelyn has selected fourteen unforgettable stories, written by several of the best authors in North America, which explore human nature and take the reader on a transforming journey. From innocent firsts, such as first blue jeans, first boyfriend, first job, first step into adulthood, to the more complex first disillusionment, first inappropriate love, first family breakup, first breach of trust, to the shocking first dead body and first night alone, the stories in First Times — in all their diversity — embrace and captivate with their power.
Contributors include Martha Slaughter, Curtis Parkinson, Susan Juby, Alan Cumyn, Susan Adach, Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, Gillian Chan, Bill Habeeb, Nancy Hartry, Bill Richardson, Tim Wynne-Jones, Marthe Jocelyn, and Sarah Ellis.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Gr 8-10 The 14 stories in this collection are by established young adult authors, most of them well-known Canadians (Sarah Ellis, Marthe Jocelyn, Tim Wynne-Jones). They share a common theme-that life-changing event known as the "first time." First love, first crime, first dead body, first foray into adulthood-this anthology covers those and more. The inclusion of various genres, including science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and romance, will make the book appeal to a diverse audience. If readers are able to look past the rather youthful cover art, they will find inspiring, entertaining, and well-written stories. First Times could inspire students to write about happenings in their lives that were particularly memorable or life-altering.-Robyn Zaneski, New York Public Library
“… this novel is a delightful elixir of Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Avonlea….”
— School Library Journal
“… a funny and inspiring tale of a young girl finding her voice and the courage to make it heard.… This book … will be enjoyed by all who read it.”
Praise for Secrets:
“… unforgettable … Readers will enjoy these tales of life, love, and liberation.”
— School Library Journal
“Twelve gifted authors share their stories of secrets in Marthe Jocelyn’s new book. They tell powerful tales of secrets kept, and secrets told.… I am always thrilled to be able to recommend a superb collection of memorable short stories. We have too few. These are worthy of your attention and should be shared.”
— Brandon Sun
- Publication date:
- Sold by:
- Random House
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 2 MB
- Age Range:
- 10 - 13 Years
Meet the Author
Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. She has written six novels, including the critically acclaimed works of historical fiction, Mable Riley and Earthly Astonishments. Jocelyn has also written a nonfiction account of the Foundling Hospital in London, England, entitled, A Home for Foundlings. She has created eight picture books, one of which, Hannah’s Collections, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration. Jocelyn has also edited two collections of short stories. Marthe Jocelyn divides her time between New York and Stratford, Ontario.
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