Those who can, do. Those who can’t, deejay. – Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit. – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.” Feed (Anderson)
“One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone. There. Gone. No ‘poof.’ No flash of light. No explosion.” Gone by Michael Grant
“The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World.” Going Bovine- by Bray
“Of all the kids in the seventh grade at Camillo Junior High, there was one kid that Mrs. Baker hated with heat whiter than the sun.” The Wednesday Wars
“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.”
“Need a poo, Todd.”
“Shut up, Manchee.”
“Poo. Poo, Todd.”
From The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
Seneca Falls Inheritance by Miriam Grace Monfredo about a librarian in 1848: ‘The room was so still she could hear the books whispering.”
“When a boy’s first romantic interlude is with Phoebe the Dog-Faced Girl, he feels a need to get out into the world and find a new life.”
Freaks – Alive on the Inside (Annette Curtis Klause)
The Graveyard Book by Gaiman: “There was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife.”
Woolvs in the Sitee by Margaret Wild.
“There are woolvs in the sitee. Oh yes! In the streets. in the parks. in the allees. In shops. in rustee playgrownds. in howses rite next dor.”
“To: Headmaster Richmond and the Board of Directors, Alabaster Preparatory Academy
I, Frankie Landau-Banks, hereby confess that I was the sole mastermind behind the mal-doings of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds.” THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS.
Alcatraz versus The Evil Librarians: “So there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil librarians.”
The Gunslinger by Stephen King:
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”
“Someone was looking at me, a disturbing sensation if you’re dead.” A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
“Before anyone reading this thinks to call me a slut—or even just imagines I’m incredibly popular—let me point out that this list includes absolutely every single boy I have ever had the slightest little any-kind-of-anything with.”
I’m fifteen years old and I’m driving a stolen car -Stolen Car by Patrick Jones
The Lit Report by Sarah Harvey.
Not only starts with: “I’m not going to lie to you.” But then each chapter starts with the first line of other novels, such as David Copperfield, Tale of Two cities, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, Catch 22, The story of Babar, etc.
“There are places you can go,” Ariana tells him, “and a guy as smart as you has a decent chance of surviving to eighteen.” Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck:”If your teacher has to die, August is the time for it.”
Dovey Coe_ by Frances O’Roark
Dowell: “My name is Dovey Coe, and I reckon it don’t matter if you like me or not.”
When the Dead Man got Rachel I was sitting in the back of a wrecked Mercedes wondering if the rain was going to stop.
The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
My name is Francis Joseph Cassavant and I have just returned to Frenchtown in Monument and the war is over and I have no face.
Heroes by Robert Cormier
With “Honky Tonk Nighttime Man” blaring from the radio, Bobby gunned the truck down the dark, empty highway, grinning in spite of the blood on his shirt.
Eight Seconds by Jean Ferris
The thing about a cavity search is this: it has nothing to do with the dentist.
Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
The police arrived, then the paramedics, then the police photographer, and after that Jude lost track.
Jude by Kate Morgenroth
When Ian came into Kerry’s room to ask a favor, it never occurred to her that her four-year-old brother could ask her to do something that might get her killed.
Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
Things had been getting a little better until I got a letter from my dead sister. That more or less ruined my day.
Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles
It’s the first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.
It all happened because I had to pee.
L.O.S.T. by Debbie Federucci and Susan Vaugh
All I want is a maple bar; but I don’t think these kids with the guns care about what I want. Inside Out by Terry Trueman
Andrew Auseon’s Freak Magnet. “When the world’s most beautiful woman walks into the room, it’s hard to keep from throwing up.”
“Someone was looking at me, a disturbing sensation if you’re dead.”
-A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.”
-The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
“Watching a vampire make out with an idiot is kind of like going to the farmers’ market and noticing just how many farmers have lost fingers in on-the-job accidents.” (Even though it’s kind of disturbing, it’s impossible to look away.) -I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It by Adam Selzer
“So there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil librarians” -Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians- Brandon Sanderson (it’s more of a J book but…)
How to star in a soap opera.
There are probably many ways to break into soap operas, but one way, Sophie discovered, is just to stand there. As your parents lose their minds, their sense, and their money, you will be the star. The one around whom all the action pivots. This will be a show you cannot quit. You will be stuck on the set, surrounded by bad lines and bad actors. Every morning you will say, “No more episodes! End this!”
But in a soap opera, there is always another episode.
By the time Sophie Olivette realized she was a star in her own soap, the action had been going on for some time. She just hadn’t had the TV on. Or she’d been watching another channel.
It was as if Sophie’s father had walked in, grabbed the remote and turned up the volume. from TUNE IN ANYTIME, by Caroline Cooney (Random, 1999)
From Charlotte’s Web “Where’s Papa going with that ax?”
Lisa Scottoline’s – Daddy’s Girl with the first line, “Nat Greco felt like an A cup in a double-D bra.”
“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.” –Feed, by M.T. Anderson
“Froggy Welsh the 4th is trying to get up my shirt.” –The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler.
The best I’ve read lately is from The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan: “The pipe under the sink was leaking again. It wouldn’t have been so bad, except that Nick kept his favorite sword under the sink.”
Or, there’s always Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
“She scowled at her glass of orange juice” – The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader : “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”
True Confession of Charlotte Doyle: “Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty.”
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks: “I, Frankie Landau-Banks, hereby confess that I was the sole mastermind behind the mal-doings of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds.”
Graveyard Book: “There was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife.”
Book Thief : “First the colors.”
Going Bovine: “The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World.”
Stormbreaker: When the doorbell rings at 3 in the morning, it’s never good news.”
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