Monday, June 14, 2010

Library Book Week Competition 2 - First line of your book?

Have you noticed the KidderLit widget down the right side of this Blog? It gives the first line (sentence actually) from a number of children's books.

It is interesting to see the many ways that different authors start their books!
Here is the first line of the book that I'm reading at the moment:

One of my first memories is of learning to read. ('The Book Whisperer', by Donalyn Miller 2009)

To enter the competition, post a comment below, and tell us the first line of the book
YOU are reading now (for pleasure - not a classroom reader), along with the Title and Author of the book (don't forget to sign the post with your first name, too, so we know who is entering the competition).

We will hold a lucky draw of all the comments posted by Springston School students.

The first four comments drawn will win a prize!

The deadline for comments to enter this competition is 9:00 pm on Thursday night. Amended deadline - now 9:00 am Wednesday morning 23 June.


  1. Before she became the Girl from Nowhere-the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years-she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy.
    (The Passage by Justin Cronin)
    Don Miller

  2. In his dream the river burst its banks again and the slush of muddy water flooded the lower paddocks before boiling over and swirling towards the farmhouse. (Old Bones by Bill Nagelkerke)
    Liz Weir

  3. On 4th of August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany.
    (Brave Bess by Susan Brocker.)

  4. Mum was going to give us a ride into town to see revenge of the rotting corpses at the carterton movie theatre.

    Vince Ford

    Jack Thorp

  5. "Otto woke with a start as the whole world seemed to tip beneath him"
    (Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden)

  6. Wind howled through the night, carrying a sent that would change the world.
    By Christopher Paloini)

    Hannah D, Emily W and Courtney

  7. It was seven minutes after midnight.

    The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time.
    Emily B Room 7 Age 13

  8. Ryan was nearly killed twice in half an hour.
    Patriot Games
    By Tom Clancy
    Joshua G
    Rm 7

  9. "For Gabriel and Lisette, every day seemed fine and sunny"
    Hansel and Gretel by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark.
    Libby B

  10. Kachina & Morgan15 June 2010 at 09:35

    Tony stepped off the bus and ran to the shelter of the porch, followed a moment later by his mother.
    (Frog Whistle Mine by Des Hunt)
    Kachina and Morgan

  11. Jas your spaceship has arrived please get in.

    ('....then he ate my boy entrancers' More mad, marvey confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison)
    Katy Rm 7

  12. The fire is crackling and my paws are warm.
    A Dogs Life by Ann M. Martin.

    Matthew, Chloe and Sinead

  13. The house was now completely empty. The furniture removal men had carried everyhting outside and loaded it into he huge truck parked in the drive.
    The Loblolly Boy author James Norcliffe

    Nicki Singleton - Team Enterprise

  14. Mia was sitting on her purple surfboard in the sand, looking out at the ocean and feeling great.

    Beach Break by Meredith Badger

    Isabella Marra - A+ Adventurers'

  15. Fleance held his breath. The stag had sensed him, perhaps, because it lifted its head, drops of water falling from its muzzle.

    Banquo's Son by TK Roxborogh

    Amanda Graves

  16. On my book tours, I am often asked a number of questions: Did he really do it? Do I think that she was justified? Did they do it for the money or the love?

    (Strange Fits of Passion. Author: Anita Shreve)

    Janine Koster

  17. Caitlyn Ross The Twits by Roald Dahl:

    What a lot of hairy-face men there are around nowadays.

  18. The rules of the New Haven Youth League required that each kid play at least ten minutes in each game.

    The Associate by John Grisham

    Karen Urbahn

  19. Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

    Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone by J.K Rowling

    Oliver Gwatkin

  20. At the far end of town where the Grickle-grass.

    The Lorax by Dr.Seuss

    By Esther Team Enterprise!


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