Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped.
2. Matthew Ward, The Fantastic Family Whipple:
All the members of the Whipple family had managed to be born in the same month on the same day: March the first. All, of course, but one.
3. Louis Sachar, Holes:
There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.
4. Carl Hiaasen, Chomp:
Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him in the head.
5. Margaret Peterson Haddix, Found:
It wasn’t there. Then it was. Later, that was how Angela DuPre would describe the airplane—over and over, to one investigator after another—until she was told to never speak of it again.
6. Cassandra Clare, City of Bones:
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.
7. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:
Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
8. Terry Pratchett, Johnny and the Dead:
Johnny never knew for certain why he started seeing the dead.
9. Eoin Colfer, The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth:
My family spend every holiday in a caravan by the sea. All of us get stuffed into a bedroom the size of a car boot. We sleep with the window open. If you have brothers, then you know why.
10. Jill Murphy, The Worst Witch:
Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches stood at the top of a high mountain surrounded by a pine forest.
11. Anne Brashare, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants:
Once upon a time there was a pair of pants.
12. J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye:
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
13. Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:
It was seven minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears' house. Its eyes were closed.
14. Eva Ibbotson, The Island of the Aunts:
Kidnapping children is never a good idea; all the same, sometimes it has to be done.
15. William Goldman, The Princess Bride:
The year that Buttercup was born, the most beautiful woman in the world was a French scullery maid named Annette.
16. Sue Townsend, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 and ¾:
My father got the dog drunk on cherry brandy at the party last night. If the RSPCA hear about it he could get done.
17. Humphrey Carpenter, Mr. Majeika:
It was Monday morning, it was pouring with rain, and it was everyone's first day back at St Barty's Primary School after the Christmas holidays.
18. Roald Dahl, Matilda:
It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
19. Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events:
If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you’d be better off reading some other book.
20. C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia:
There was a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
21. Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle:
Not every 13-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty.
22. Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book:
There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
23. Peter Lerangis, Seven Wonders—The Colossus Rises:
On the morning I was scheduled to die, a large barefoot man with a bushy red beard waddled past my house.
24. Colin Meloy, Wildwood:
How five crows managed to lift a twenty-pound baby boy into the air was beyond Prue, but that was certainly the least of her worries.
25. Melan Whalen Turner, The Thief:
I didn’t know how long I had been in the king’s prison.
26. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol:
Marley was dead, to begin with.
27. Michelle Paver, Oathbreaker:
Sometimes there’s no warning.
28. Herman Parish, Amelia Bedelia Unleashed:
It certainly seemed like it was going to be another normal evening at Amelia Bedelia’s house.
29. Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go:
The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got nothing much to say.
30. Keith Gray, The Fearful:
Whatever it was, it could only have been dead for a couple of hours.
31. Katherine Rundell, Rooftoppers:
On the morning of its first birthday, a baby was found floating in a cello case in the middle of the English Channel.
32. Jeanette Winterson, Tanglewreck:
At six forty-five one summer morning, a red London bus was crossing Waterloo Bridge. The bus and its passengers were never found. It was the first of the Time Tornadoes.
33. Deborah Wiles, Each Little Bird That Sings:
I come from a family with a lot of dead people.
34. Anthony Horowitz, Stormbreaker:
When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it's never good news.
35. M. T. Anderson, Feed:
We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.
36. Lisa Yee, Millicent Min, Girl Genius:
I have been accused of being anal retentive, an over-achiever, and a compulsive perfectionist, like those are bad things.
37. Richard Peck, The Teacher’s Funeral:
If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it.