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Opening Lines to Test Your Printz Honor Book Knowledge

2014 June 3
by Diane Colson
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by flickr user urbanworkbench

Want to write a book? Great! Just put your fingers on your keyboard and start typing.  There you go, your first sentence!

Perhaps that’s the way it works for some, but for many authors, the opening sentence is one to ponder. Should it be enigmatic, coy, hilarious, or profound? Will it be powerful or understated? Elaborately descriptive or one perfect word? That sentence is read in just a moment, but has the potential to excite a reader’s interest… or not.

Each one of the Printz Honor books in the multiple choice quiz below had to start with a first line. 

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  1. Alissa permalink
    June 4, 2014

    My favorite opening line from a Printz winner/honor book:

    “The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World.”

    Any guesses on which book that’s from?

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