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A First Time for Everything

By Dan Santat
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*Winner of the 2023 National Book Award for Young People's Literature*

A middle grade graphic memoir based on bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life.

Dan's always been a good kid. The kind of kid who listens to his teachers, helps his mom with grocery shopping, and stays out of trouble. But being a good kid doesn't stop him from being bullied and feeling like he's invisible, which is why Dan has low expectations when his parents send him on a class trip to Europe.

At first, he's right. He's stuck with the same girls from his middle school who love to make fun of him, and he doesn't know why his teacher insisted he come on this trip. But as he travels through France, Germany, Switzerland, and England, a series of first experiences begin to change him—first Fanta, first fondue, first time stealing a bike from German punk rockers... and first love.

Funny, heartwarming, and poignant, A First Time for Everything is a feel-good coming-of-age memoir based on New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat's awkward middle school years. It celebrates a time that is universally challenging for many of us, but also life-changing as well.

Praise for After the Fall

“The author gives wings to both his protagonist and his message about the importance of getting back up after a fall and the realization that recovering from a trauma takes time.” —Booklist, starred review

Santat’s precise illustrations and sensitive text combine for more emotional depth than the typical nursery rhyme remix. A terrific redemptive read-aloud for storytime and classroom sharing.” —School Library Journal, starred review

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“I read this for my YA lit class and I really loved this graphic novel! The author crafted a story around his real life experiences when he went away to Europe with his classmates as a teen. These classmates are also the same ones who have been teasing him for years, which made him become anxious and antisocial and affected his personality greatly. This trip, however, helps him come out of his shell, and he even experiences his first love. This is set in 1989 so things were much different, and the adventures the kids have were not entirely safe or acceptable, but this was an honest view at his teenage years and experiences. I also loved in the end that he shared real photos from that trip, and that many of the kids from it helped him remember details for this novel. I think this is perfect for anyone who still thinks junior high was the worst years of their lives, and those who took awhile to break out of their own shells & become confident. This was so funny and an excellent read.”
Slightly Smiling Face“Brought me back to the Europe trips I took in high school. ✈️”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growRealistic settingComing of age

About Dan Santat

Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal–winning and New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet? His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets.

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