When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress. She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with our mother. Of course, she did. This was the day of the reaping.
–Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
The writer of an article, essay, story or book begins with a lead to draw the reader in–to make the reader want to read more. Suzanne Collins opened her book with a lead that gave us information about the setting: it was the day of the reaping, apparently a day that poor families had cause to dread.
In the comment section of this post, share an interesting lead to an article, essay, story or book you’ve read recently. Be sure to include the author’s name and the title of the work. See the first few comments for examples. Try not to repeat a lead that has already been given.
Image Credit: The Hunger Games, Scholastic Press, 2008