First Sentences that Hook the Reader


Create a display on the best opening lines in YA books and then team it with a quiz or a competition to find the best opening line.

Barnes and Noble Teens – 15 best opening lines

The Guardian – best opening lines in children and young adult fiction

Huffington Post – 38 best first lines in novels – YA edition

LitReactor – lists the novel, the opening line and why it works – not all the books listed are suitable for teens

G0 Teen Writers – teen books – bloggers own view on the greatest opening lines

Epic ReadsEpic Reads – 20 YA books with their opening line

YALSA’s blog about using great first lines as a display. It also provides a list of opening lines

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