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From epiphanies on an African safari to trying to cope with the death of a parent, from a prank gone wrong to finding love in unexpected places, the stories in My First Lesson are vivid and imaginative, funny and surprising, poetic and moving.

Award-winning author Alice Pung has selected 25 diverse stories written by high school students inspired by her bestselling YA novel, Laurinda. The collection features an impressive range of genres by exciting new voices, exploring themes as varied as intergenerational friendship, cultural identity, bullying and heartbreak. From epiphanies on an African safari to trying to cope with the death of a parent, from a prank gone wrong to finding love in unexpected places, the stories in My First Lesson are vivid and imaginative, funny and surprising, poetic and moving.

Reviews

The stories in this anthology are special because they capture the school experience with rare authenticity. These are not adults writing about teenagers, but real young adult writers

Alice Pung

Alice Pung totally nails it with Laurinda. Funny, horrifying, and sharp as a serpent’s fangs

John Marsden

Pung continues to impress with her nuanced storytelling; Laurinda will surely resonate with anyone who remembers the cliquey, hierarchical nature of the playground

Sunday Age

A candid and powerful exploration of family, culture and class . . . it is those of us who take our fortune and privilege for granted that I wish would read this powerful book

Readings Monthly

Based loosely on Pung’s own experiences, the book has an unmissable ring of truth to it, making it all the more compelling and horrifying

Sydney Morning Herald

Schoolgirl Lucy Lam was one of this year’s best characters – smart, hardworking and brave. Pung tackles big issues with a light touch

Herald Sun

Biting yet compassionate

Books of the Year, Australian Book Review

Exquisitely sharp

Books of the Year, The Age

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781863958707

    August 25, 2016

    Black Inc

    144 pages

    RRP $14.99

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Also by Alice Pung

On John Marsden: Writers on Writers
Our Australian Girl: Marly walks on the Moon (Book 4)
Our Australian Girl: Marly and the Goat (Book 3)
Our Australian Girl: Marly's Business (Book 2)
Our Australian Girl: Meet Marly (Book 1)
Laurinda
Her Father's Daughter
Growing Up Asian in Australia
Unpolished Gem