August 23, 2009

Trivia: Guess the Book!

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Qmark_130 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

  1. janeaustenaddict

    1The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin. Brilliant book!
    Should I be ashamed that I don’t know any of the others?

  2. obiwancrazy

    The only one out of those that I have read is the 39 clues. And it’s the only one I got.

  3. Kenadee

    “I have been accused of being anal retentive, an overachiever and a compulsive perfectionist, like those are bad things.”– Millecent Minn Girl Genius

  4. Kenadee

    1. “The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that) but Sunset Towers faced East. Strange!” — Don’t know
    2. “Mrs. Gorf had a long tongue and pointed ears.” — Wayside
    3. “I have been accused of being anal retentive, an overachiever and a compulsive perfectionist, like those are bad things.” — I foreget!
    4. “There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.” –Holes, just reread that
    5. “Five minutes before she died, Grace Cahill changed her will.” — Don’t know

  5. katm

    1. The Westing Game
    2.Sideways Stories from Wayside school or Wayside School is falling down
    3.Millicent Min Girl Genius
    4. Holes
    5. I have no idea

  6. manga eyes

    millicent min girl genius(like me!!just kidding!!)holes and the 39 clues r the only ones i no about!!

  7. whinygrl

    1. The Westing Game
    2. Sideways Stories from Wayside School
    3. ????
    4. Holes
    5. Maze of Bones (39 Clues)

  8. Rachel

    I think I know all of them except for the first one,but I’m going to guess.
    1.Hmmm…..I have no idea,actually.
    2.Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar.
    3.Uh…I read this somewhere,but it’s kind of fuzzy since I read it a few months ago….Millicent Min,Girl Genius by Lisa Yee?
    4.Holes by Louis Sachar.Duh.
    5.This is easy.39 Clues Book 1,The Maze Of Bones by Rick Riordan.
    That was easy,actually.Except for the first one.

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