These are a few of my favorite 'first' lines read in September 2010.
Owen Jester tiptoed across the gleaming linoleum floor and slipped the frog into the soup.
Harlem Tate hadn't been in Freedom, Georgia, more than three days before it was clear that nobody wanted anything to do with him. Nobody except me, that is. I had a burning desire to be his friend.
Choosing a subject for a biography may be as perilous or as charmed as a marriage. A writer chooses with fingers crossed.
Around midnight, her eyes at last took shape. The look in them was feline, half determined and half tentative--all trouble.
The night breathed through the apartment like a dark animal.
In the first part of Robinson Crusoe, at page one hundred and twenty-nine, you will find it thus written.
September's Top Six:
The Disappeared. Kim Echlin.
The War to End All Wars: World War I. Russell Freedman.
Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World by Sid Fleischman.
Ninth Ward. Jewell Parker Rhodes.
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
Bleak House. Charles Dickens
Number of Board Books: 7
Have You Ever Tickled A Tiger? Betsy E. Snyder. 2009. Random House. 14 pages.
Pig-a-Boo! A Farmyard Peekaboo Book. Dorothea DePrisco. Illustrated by Treesha Runnells. 2009. Simon and Schuster. 14 pages.
Tubby. Leslie Patricelli. 2010. September 2010. Candlewick Press. 28 pages.
Potty. Leslie Patricelli. 2010. September 2010. Candlewick Press. 28 pages.
Lily's Potty. Begin Smart Books. May 2010. 14 pages
Pete's Potty. Begin Smart Books. May 2010. 14 pages.
Maisy Goes to Bed. A Maisy Lift-the-Flap Classic. Lucy Cousins. 2010. September 2010. Candlewick Press. 16 pages.
Number of Picture Books: 12
Dirtball Pete. Eileen Brennan. 2010. August 2010. Random House. 32 pages.
Animal House. Candace Ryan. Illustrated by Nathan Hale. 2010. July 2010. Walker Books. 40 pages.
City Dog, Country Frog. Mo Willems. 2010. Hyperion. 64 pages.
Love That Kitty: The Story of a Boy Who Wanted to Be A Cat. Jeff Jarka. 2010. Henry Holt. 32 pages.
Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy by Denise Fleming. 2010. August 2010. Henry Holt. 32 pages.
A Pirate's Guide to First Grade. By James Preller. Illustrated by Greg Ruth. Feiwel and Friends. 48 pages.
My Garden. Kevin Henkes. 2010. February 2010. HarperCollins. 28 pages.
Shark Vs. Train. Chris Barton. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. 2010. April 2010. Little, Brown. 40 pages.
The Cow Loves Cookies. Karma Wilson. Illustrated by Marcellus Hall. 2010. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages.
Art and Max. David Wiesner. 2010. October 2010. Clarion (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). 40 pages.
The Pirate of Kindergarten. George Ella Lyon. 2010. June 2010. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages.
Clever Jack Takes the Cake. Candace Fleming. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. 2010. August 2010. Random House. 40 pages.
Number of Children's Books: 5
The Viper's Nest. (The 39 Clues #7). Peter Lerangis. 2010. Scholastic. 190 pages.
Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia. Barbara O'Connor. 2003. FSG. 112 pages.
Elephants Cannot Dance! (An Elephant & Piggie Book). Mo Willems. 2009. Hyperion. 64 pages.
Can and I Play Too? Mo Willems. 2010. Hyperion. 57 pages.
Justin Case: School, Drool, And Other Daily Disasters. Rachel Vail. 2010. Feiwel & Friends. 256 pages.
Number of Middle Grade: 5
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins. R.A. Spratt. Illustrated by Dan Santat. Little Brown. 239 pages.
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. Barbara O'Connor. 2010. August 2010. FSG. 176 pages.
Ninth Ward. Jewell Parker Rhodes. 2010. August 2010. Little, Brown. 217 pages.
The Birthday Ball. Lois Lowry. With illustrations by Jules Feiffer. 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 186 pages.
Reckless by Cornelia Funke. Translated by Oliver Latsch. 2010. Little, Brown. 394 pages
Number of YA: 4
Revelations. Melissa de la Cruz. 2008. Hyperion. 272 pages.
Faithful. Janet Fox. 2010. Penguin. 336 pages.
A Girl Named Mister. Nikki Grimes. 2010. Zondervan. 232 pages.
Fallen. Lauren Kate. 2009. Random House. 464 pages.
Number of Adult: 6
Jane Slayre. Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin. 2010. Simon & Schuster. 396 pages.
Wench. Dolen Perins-Valdez. 2010. HarperCollins. 293 pages.
Paul is Undead. Alan Goldsher. 2010. Simon & Schuster. 310 pages.
The Disappeared. Kim Echlin. 2009. Grove/Atlantic. 224 pages.
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. 1868. 544 pages.
Bleak House. Charles Dickens. 1852-1853. 912 pages.
Number of Christian: 7
Wildflowers of Terezin. Robert Elmer. 2010. Abingdon Press. 352 pages.
The Thorn. Beverly Lewis. 2010. Bethany House. 352 pages.
More Than Words by Judith Miller. 2010. Bethany House. 368 pages.
In Every Heartbeat. Kim Vogel Sawyer. 2010. September 2010. Bethany House. 352 pages.
Love's First Bloom. Delia Parr. 2010. Bethany House. 320 pages.
A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman. 2010. Revell. 505 pages.
God's Mighty Acts in Creation by Starr Meade. 2010. Crossway. 112 pages.
Number of Nonfiction: 6
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down. Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. 2010. February 2010. Little, Brown. 40 pages.
The War to End All Wars: World War I. Russell Freedman. 2010. August 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 192 pages.
Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World by Sid Fleischman. 2010. June 2010. HarperCollins. 268 pages.
Lincoln Tells A Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (And the Country). Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer. Illustrated by Stacy Innerst. 2010. April 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages.
Lost Boy: The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan. Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Steve Adams. 2010. August 2010. Penguin. 40 pages.
Liberty or Death: The Surprising Story of Runaway Slaves Who Sided With the British During The American Revolution. By Margaret Whitman Blair. 2010. National Geographic. 64 pages.
Number of Graphic Novels: 1
Jane Eyre The Graphic Novel: Original Text. Charlotte Bronte. 2009. Classical Comics. 144 pages.
Number of Poetry: 5
In the Wild. David Elliott. Illustrated by Holly Meade. 2010. Candlewick Press. 32 pages.
The Silly Book with CD. Stoo Hample. 2010/2004/1961. Candlewick Press. 32 pages.
Switching on the Moon. A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems. Collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. 2010. September 2010. Candlewick Press. 96 pages.
Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors. Joyce Sidman. Illustrated by Beckie Prange. 2010. April 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages.
Guyku. Bob Raczka. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. 2010. October 2010. Houghton Mifflin. 48 pages.
Number of Short Story Collections/Anthologies:
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