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Great First Lines (12-18)
It's Kind of a Funny Story
"It's so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself."
A Wrinkle in Time
“It was a dark and stormy night.”
Cuba 15 (Readers Circle)
"What can be funny about having to stand up in front of everyone you know, in a ruffly dress the color of Pepto-Bismol, and proclaim your womanhood?"
Dead Girls Don't Write Letters
“Things had been getting a little better until I got a letter from my dead sister. That more or less ruined my day.”
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (Teen's Top 10 (Awards))
"Froggy Welsh the Fourth is trying to get up my shirt."
The Raging Quiet
"The afternoon Marnie came to Torcurra, the villagers were whipping the devils out of a mad boy."
“All I want is a maple bar, but I don’t think these kids with the guns care about what I want.”
Catherine, Called Birdy (rpkg) (Trophy Newbery)
“12th Day of September  I am commanded to write an account of my days: I am bit by fleas and plagued by family. That is all there is to say.”
Dreamland (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
“My sister Cass ran away the morning of my sixteenth birthday. She left my present, wrapped and sitting outside my bedroom door, and stuck a note for my parents under the coffee-maker. None of us heard her leave.”
Killing Mr. Griffin
“It was a wild, windy, southwestern spring when the idea of killing occurred to them.”