I would argue that the opening line of any book is the most important one. From it, you can usually tell what kind of story it’s going to be (outlandish? hilarious? weird? somber?), and there are several books whose opening lines stand out as being perfectly exact in foreshadowing the adventure that lies ahead.
So, readers, I issue you a challenge: I’ve pulled some of my all-time favorite opening lines. Can you name the books?
1. “The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that) but Sunset Towers faced East. Strange!”
2. “Mrs. Gorf had a long tongue and pointed ears.”
3. “I have been accused of being anal retentive, an overachiever and a compulsive perfectionist, like those are bad things.”
4. “There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.”
5. “Five minutes before she died, Grace Cahill changed her will.”
Leave your guesses in the comments. Good luck!
— Morgan, Scholastic staffer