|That first line should blow your readers away!|
I've read through many books' first lines, looking at the different ways authors entice readers. When I went to a workshop taught by young adult author Richard Peck four years ago, he admitted to spending several hours each week at a Manhattan bookstore looking at first lines. 'You're only as good as your first line,' he said. So I spend a lot of time writing and rewriting mine.
Here's a handful of some of my favorites (middle-grade and young adult):
'My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog.' - Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn Dixie, 2000.
'If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time for it.' - Richard Peck, The Teacher's Funeral, 2004.
'I come from a family with a lot of dead people.' - Deborah Wiles, Each Little Bird That Sings, 2005.
'Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water.' - Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts, 2004.
'Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day.' - Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, 2011.
Tell me one of your favorites! It doesn't have to be from a children's title. Don't forget to leave the title and author's name, too.