July 23, 2009

First lines -- Win or Fail?

Here are the first lines of some books I have stacked on my desk for a project. Would any draw you in and make you want to read more?

1.The worst night of my life? My first--and last--date with Angela O'Bannon. (Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman)

2.Streaked with soot, the Tattooed Monk followed the wavering tracks of a lone fox into the woods. (Sign of the Qin by L.G. Bass)

3. I am commanded to write an account of my days: I am bit by fleas and plagued by family. (Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman)

4. My first memory of myself I be drowning. (Born Blue by Han Nolan)

5. It started with a book. (King Dork by Frank Portman)

6. My mother has a very complex relationship with cows. (Please, Please, Please by Rachel Vail)

7. At the age of nine, Mary Jane Watson had already become a master of self-distraction. (Mary Jane by Judith O'Brien)

8. I'm going to tell you a funny thing that happened to my mother and me yesterday evening. ("The Umbrella Man" from The Umbrella Man and Other Stories by Roald Dahl

9. A long time ago, when Time was still winding its watch and Sun was trying to figure out which was was east and which was west, there was a king and queen. (Cupid by Julius Lester)

10. Silvano da Montacuto was not just young, handsome and rich. He was young, handsome, rich and in love. (The Falconer's Knot by Mary Hoffman)

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