Friday, February 6, 2009

BOOKS WITH GREAT OPENING LINES

This month I asked my 8th graders to search the books in my classroom for interesting opening lines. Here are the books they found.

SOMETHING INVISIBLE by Siobhan Parkinson
Nobody ever blamed Jake for what happened.

DEADLINE by Chris Crutcher
My plan was to focus my senior year on information I could use after graduation when I set out for Planet Earth from the Pluto that is Trout, Idaho, population 943.

ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS by Brandon Sanderson
So, there I was, tied to an altar made from out-dated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians.

WAKE by Lisa McMann
Janie Hannaigan’s math book slips from her fingers.

WNGS by E.D. Baker
Tamisin Warner first saw real goblins the Halloween she was eleven.

THE LATENT POWERS OF DYLAN FONTAINE by April Lurie
I can tell you from experience that a jail cell is not a place you’d like to visit.

SHOCK POINT by April Henry
It was the rough hand over her mouth that convinced Cassie Streng that what was happening was real.

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.

CHEATED by Patrick Jones
“It’s really simple, kid,” the investigator barks at me from across the table.

PROM by Laurie Halse Anderson
Once upon a time there was an eighteen-year-old girl who dragged her butt out of bed and hauled it all the way to school on a sunny day in May.

BORN TO ROCK by Gordon Korman
The thing about a cavity search is this: it has nothing to do with the dentist.

DOORMAT by Kelly McWilliams
My best friend thinks she’s pregnant.

BLOOD BROTHERS by S. A. Harazin
I hurry down the cold hospital corridor and barge through the automatic doors of the emergency department.

WICKED: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series by Sara Shepard
Wouldn’t it be nice to know what people are thinking?

UNBELIEVABLE: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series by Sara Shepard
Ever wish you could go back in time and undo your mistakes?

FLAWLESS PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series by Sara Shepard
You know that boy who lives a few doors down from you who’s just the creepiest person alive.

PERFECT: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series by Sara Shepard
Have you ever had a friend turn on you?

THE DANGEROUS DAYS OF DANIEL X by James Patterson
I wish that I didn’t sometimes, but I remember everything about that cursed, unspeakable, unhappy night twelve years ago, when I was just three years old and both of my parents were murdered.

TANTALIZE by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Lousy idea, us sitting on the railroad tracks.

5 comments:

Lenore said...

Some great ones!

MssJos said...

Of course you can link to my blog! Let me know what you think of the reviews, and any classroom use suggestions you have. I would love to hear your students' feedback on any of these YA novels! :)

Elizabeth said...

Hey, I was planning a blog post about this too!

Here's one I love:

"It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea."
-- From MORTAL ENGINES by Philip Reeve

Jill Corcoran said...

These are fantastic.
Makes me want to work harder at perfecting my first lines.
Thanks,
jill

Avid Reader said...

These are some great first liners...I'm going to use some of them on my blog. I hope that's okay!