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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781467739733
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 710,584
File size: 899 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melvin Burgess is the author of Smack, winner of the Carnegie Medal. He lives in England.

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.

Mary Hooper is the author of Newes from the Dead. She lives in England.

Sophie McKenzie is the author of Close My Eyes. She lives in England.

Patrick Ness is the author of A Monster Calls, winner of the Carnegie Medal. He lives in England.

Bali Rai is the author of Killing Honour. He lives in England.

Jenny Valentine is the author of Me, the Missing, and the Dead, a William Morris Honor book. She lives in Wales.

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.

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

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