Junior: First lines to get you hooked

Updated: Jul 18

Sometimes all it takes is a brilliant first line to make a book un-put-down-able. Once you're hooked, there's no going back. Check out the first lines of these recent releases that you can find in the library!



Year 1 – 2


Alien in the Jam Factory by Chrissie Sains


When Scooter McLay decided to do something, there was very little anyone could do to stop him.


D-Bot Squad: Deep Dive by Mac Park & James Hart


Hunter, Charlie and Ethan were on their d-bots deep under the sea. And they were not alone.


Little People, Big Dreams: Malala Yousafzai by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vergara


In the beautiful Swat Valley, in Pakistan, lived a Muslim girl called Malala.



Year 3 – 4



Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket


This morning I had poison for breakfast.


The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst by Jaclyn Moriarty


Long ago, far away, on a damp and sniffly day, this happened.




The Good Times of Pelican Rise: Save the Joeys! by Samone Amba


Sunday Moon had a lot on her mind that stinking hot February afternoon.



Year 5 – 6


Exit through the Gift Shop by Maryam Master


So here’s the thing. I’m dying.


The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis


Beyond the castle’s moat, the deep, dark forest was shot through with trails of sunlight, tracing golden paths of possibility.


Are you there, Buddha? by Pip Harry


My name is Bridget. You can call me Bee. I just started year 7 and weird things are happening to my body.


Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee


She didn't want to go home and that's why she found it.


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