AR Teen Book Award, Gr.10-12, Opening Lines


I hail from Arkansas and until now, we’ve been known for the Clinton Presidential Library, the US’s only diamond mine (Crater of Diamonds State Park), and the headquarters of Wal-Mart. But this year we’ll be known for the Arkansas Teen Book Award, established by Arkansas Librarians. (Facebook page.) The reading list was announced in December, 2009 and this year’s winners will be announced in December, 2010.

Two days ago, we looked at opening lines from 100 top novels and categorized them to learn how to open a novel. Yesterday, we looked at the opening lines from the teen novels on the 7-9th grade, 2010 Arkansas Teen Book Award reading list and challenged you to identify the novels. Today’s opening lines are from the 10-12th grade reading list for the Arkansas Teen Book Award.

Identify These Teen Novels from Their Opening Lines, #2

OK, TRY to identify these without any help. They are all 2008 copyright books. Need help? See the tip below.
ARTeen (Actually, many of these are graphic novels and there’s at least one non-fiction on the list.)

Tip No. 1: The Reading List (pdf) can be found here. These are the opening lines for the Level 2, Grades 10-12 list. I didn’t scramble up the list, it just goes down the line.
Tip No. 2: The links will take you to the Amazon page for each book.

  • youme landowne
    March 12, 2010

    Pitch Black opening line, “just cause you can’t see, don’t mean aint nothing there”
    Great reading everyone!

  • Callie
    November 1, 2011

    “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. ”
    From the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness, the first book: The Knife of Never Letting Go