These are a few of my favorite 'first' lines read in September of 2009:
Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago.
I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other.
I'm not the hero of this story.
'The best thing about the seaside,' said the albino pirate, 'is putting seaweed on your head and pretending you're a lady.'
I have received a proposal of marriage.
September's Top Five:
The Ask and the Answer. Patrick Ness.
The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau.
The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte. Syrie James.
Tomorrow, When the War Began. John Marsden.
Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty.
Number of Picture Books: 5
The Little Dump Truck. Margery Cuyler. 2009. Illustrated by Bob Kolar. Henry Holt.
One Dragon's Dream by Peter Pavey. 1978/2009. Candlewick Press.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr. 1968/2009. Candlewick Press.
Kisses on the Wind by Lisa Moser. 2009. Candlewick Press. Illustrated by Kathryn Brown.
Mortimer's First Garden. Karma Wilson. 2009. Simon & Schuster. Illustrated by Dan Andreasen.
Number of Board Books: 8
I Love Fall!: A Touch and Feel Board Book by Alison Inches. Simon & Schuster. 2009.
Where is Baby's Beach Ball? A Lift the Flap Book. Karen Katz. 2009. Simon & Schuster.
The Birthday Box. Leslie Patricelli. 2009. Candlewick Press.
Fisher-Price: Snuggly Time. A "Soft to Touch" Book. HarperCollins. 2009.
Helen Oxenbury's All Fall Down/Clap Hands/Say Goodnight/Tickle, Tickle. 2009. Simon & Schuster.
Lucy Cousin's Maisy Dual-Language Books: Maisy's Clothes, Maisy's Food, Maisy's Animals, Maisy's Toys. 2009. Candlewick Press.
Sweet Dreams, Maisy. Lucy Cousins. Candlewick Press. 2009.
Maisy's Snowy Christmas Eve. Lucy Cousins. Candlewick Press. 2009.
Number of Children's Books: 1
My Story Bible: 66 Favorite Stories by Jan Godfrey and Paola Bertolini Grudina. 2009. Tyndale. 141 pages.
Number of YA Books: 10
Night Runner by Max Turner. 2009. St. Martin's Press. 288 pages.
Ash by Malinda Lo. 2009. Little, Brown. 272 pages.
The Ask and the Answer. Patrick Ness. 2009. Candlewick Press. 519 pages.
Look for Me By Moonlight. Mary Downing Hahn. 1995. Houghton Mifflin. 198 pages.
The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau. 2009. Random House. 336 pages.
Gifted: Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Marilyn Kaye. 2009. Kingfisher. 229 pages.
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong. 2009. HarperCollins. 357 pages.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Avi. 1990. 278 pages.
Tomorrow, When the War Began. John Marsden. 1993. 277 pages.
The Dead of Night by John Marsden. 1994. 278 pages.
Number of Christian Books: 1
Fearless by Max Lucado. Thomas Nelson Publishers. 221 pages.
Number of Adult Books: 17
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. 1831. 283 pages. (Dover Large Print Edition)
The Martian Child by David Gerrold. 2002. 190 pages. Tor.
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran. 2009. 448 pages. Crown Publishers.
A Monster's Notes by Laurie Sheck. 2009. 532 pages.
Kilmeny of the Orchard. By L.M. Montgomery. 1910. 144 pages.
The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick. 2009. 560 pages. Sourcebooks.
Lady Susan. Jane Austen. 80 pages.
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler. 2008. 324 pages. Simon & Schuster.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 1914. 262 pages.
The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview. 2009. Sourcebooks. 327 pages.
Vampire A Go-Go by Victor Gischler. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 338 pages.
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey. 1912.
Twilight of Avalon: A Novel of Trystan and Isolde. Anna Elliott. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 448 pages.
The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte. Syrie James. 2009. HarperCollins. 454 pages.
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell. 1853. 293 pages.
Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty. 2007. 312 pages.
Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty. 2009. 258 pages.
Number of Verse Novels:
Number of Graphic Novels: 2
The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan. 2009. Candlewick Press. 203 pages.
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood: A Graphic Novel. 2009. Tony Lee, Sam Hart, Artur Fujita. Candlewick Press. 160 pages.
Number of Nonfiction: 1
The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth. Kathleen Krull. 2009. (September 2009). Random House. Illustrated by Greg Couch.
Number of Short Story Collections, Anthologies, Poetry Books:
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
A Knight's Tale (2001)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
George of the Jungle
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