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December 19, 2010

First Time

First Time by Meg Tilly: Book Cover

First Time

Author: Meg Tilly

Page Length: 108

 

Reading Level: 3.1

 

Genre: Fiction

 

Career Connection: None

 

PLOT SUMMARY: Haley cannot get her mother or her best friend, Lynn, to see that the men in their lives are not there for the right reasons. How can she get them to recognize the fault of Larry and Chad without losing a mother’s trust and Lynn’ friendship?

 

When Lynn arrives in her new car, Haley can feel that her world is changing. At the Dairy Queen, Chad, a graduate from last year, begins to give Lynn attention. Haley believes it is because Lynn drives a shiny new car and has physically developed. She thinks Chad is a player and tries to get Lynn to believe her.

 

Meanwhile, Larry, her mom’s new, rich boyfriend is playing her mother while exposing himself to Haley. He then fills her mother’s head with ideas that Lynn is using marijuana and is sexually active, while trying to seduce Lynn when her mother is at the store.

 

When Mike, a friend of Chad’s tries to put moves on Haley while they are watching T. V., she cannot bear the pressure. Haley breaks down crying.  Mike is a good guy, however, and comforts her which helps her open up to her mom about Larry.

 

REVIEW: Meg Tilly was abused as a child and uses this short low level reading book to relate the feelings and dilemmas victims of child molestation might experience. This book would be good for teen girls who are reluctant about reading and expressing themselves.

 

TEACHING AREAS: Plot, Conflict, Theme, and Character

 

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: mild profanity through out the book, sexual exposure (pg. 18-19) and sexual molestation (pg. 47-50)

 

RELATED BOOKS: Singing Songs, Something Girl

 

RELATED WEBSITES:

 

www.orcabook.com

 

www.teachingsexualhealth.ca/teacher/lessonplans/abuse.

 

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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