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October 2, 2019
Our roundup of some of the best opening lines from titles by BookLife authors.

This month, we’ve got sex-crazed plants, island secrets, and fairy tales. To submit a first line, email


Einstein’s Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure

Grace Blair

“The earth tremor stopped Raka in his tracks.”


The Plant Listener

Julie C. Kilpatrick

“If plants had brains, they would probably have just one thing on their minds and that’s sex.”


Secrets of Burial Island

Jude Wilde

“My memories of Feather Lake are filled with sights and sounds, but my reminiscing runs rampant with the scents.”


Thinks Out Loud, a Blog at First

Martin Perlman

“In the heavy mist, Gwel sensed guarded movement.”


The Transfers

Amos Kim

“Is this urine?”


The Witch Must Die: The Hidden Meaning of Fairy Tales

Sheldon Cashdan

“I came to fairy tales twice, first as a child and years later as an adult.”