A First Time for Everything
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. But being a good kid doesn't stop him from being bullied and feeling like he's invisible, which is why he has low expectations when his parents send him on a class trip to Europe.
At first, he's right. Stuck with the same girls from his middle school who love to make fun of him, Dan 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.
Dan Santat is a Caldecott Medal winner and the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Are We There Yet?, and After the Fall: (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again). 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.
"[A] relatable story of self-discovery... the perfect balance of humor and poignancy." —Kirkus, starred review
"This is Santat at his best." —Horn Book
"Dan San tat perfectly captures all the humor, confusion, awkwardness, and pure joy of being a young person stepping out into the world. Read this book! You’re going to love it, and you are going to laugh and cry so much!” —Christina Soontornvat, two-time Newbery Honor Winner
“A humane, hilarious, and gently awkward story of seeing [your] world open up for the first time. It almost makes me wish I was a teen ager again. Almost.” —Vera Brosgol, New York Times–bestselling creator of Be Prepared
“Dan’s book manages to capture all the things that make you fall in love in the first place—awkwardness,
humor, a bit of teen pathos, and most of all, sincerity and vulnerability.” —Leuyen Pham, New York Times-bestselling illustrator of the Friends series
“A hilarious, beautiful, and cap tivating memoir about the cringeworthy catapult into adolescence.” —Jarrett J. Krosoczka, National Book Award Finalist creator of Hey, Kiddo
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