Read Any Good Leads Lately?

 

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

106 thoughts on “Read Any Good Leads Lately?

  1. I recently read a book called the world set free by H.G. Wells. It’s about how humanity went from using a rock and a stick to make weapons to using nuclear weapons and atomic bombs. It’s a really good book and i really like how he used certain things to help the young readers understand tougher words. I really like how he is talking about a thing that is happening all around us from the wars in the middle east to places all over the world. He also does an amazing job expressing not only his opinion but everyone’s(figuratively).

  2. Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.

    If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.

    “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan

  3. Cherub by Robert Muchamore.

    “James was due at the Basic Training compound at 5AM. He set an alarm and left it on his bedside table. Worrying about training kept him awake for ages. When he woke it was light. It’s never light at 5AM in November. This was bad.”

  4. “My sister Rose lives on the mantelpiece. Well, some of her does. Three of her fingers, her right elbow and her kneecap are buried in a graveyard in London,”

    From My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

  5. From the alchemist by Michel Scott
    I am legend. Death has no claim over me,illness cannot touch me. Look at me now and it would be hard to put a age on me, and yet I was born in the year of our lord 1330, more than six hindered years ago.

  6. From Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

    “I’ve watched though his eyes, I’ve listened though his ears, and I tell you that he’s the one. Or at least as close as we’re going to get.”
    “That’s what you said about the brother.”
    “The brother tested out impossible. For other reasons. Nothing to do with his ability.”
    “Same with the sister. And there are doubts about him. He’s too malleable. Too willing to submerge himself in someone else’s will.”
    “Not if the other person is his enemy.”
    “So what do we do? Surround him with enemies all the time?”
    “If we have to.”
    “I thought that you said you liked this kid.”
    “If the buggers get him, they’ll make me look like his favorite uncle.”
    “All right. We’re saving the world. Take him.”

  7. From The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

    “During the third attack, Hazel almost ate a boulder. She was peering into the fog, wondering how it could be so difficult to fly across one stupid mountain range, when the ship’s alarm bells sounded.”

  8. The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school. But there I was Monday morning, the first week of June, sitting in my mom’s car in front of Goode High School on East 81st.

    -“The Battle of the Labyrinth” by Rick Riordan

  9. Massie, wiped the confused look off your face, massie’s mom, Kendra, said. “It’s simple-you’re not going”.

    -“The Clique” by Lisi Harrison

  10. Now that i’ve found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night? My wings aren’t white or feathered; they’re green, made of green silk, which shudders in the wind and bends when I move-first in a circle, then in a line, finally in a shape of my own invention. The black behind me doesn’t worry me; neither to the stars ahead.

    – “Matched” by Allie Condie

  11. I enjoy reading science fiction books, and specifically, if you’ve seen my blog, a lot of Star Wars. My all-time favorite author is Drew Karpshyn, writer of the Darth Bane trilogy. Another book he wrote was Annihalation, a story I finished recently. All of the books that Drew Karpshyn has written begin with describing the setting, but in a way that makes it a life threatening event if you don’t read on and find out what exactly is going on.

    Here is the lead from Annihalation: “Theron Shan walked quickly through the packed streets of Nar Shaddaa’s Promenade. His unassuming features-pale skin, brown bair, brown eyes, average build-allowed him to blend in easily with the crowd. Cybernetic implants around his left eye and right ear were his most distinguishing features.”

    This is one reason why I love Star Wars so much!

  12. The door starts shaking. It’s a flimsy thing made of bamboo shoots held together with tattered lengths of twine. The shake is subtle and stops almost immediately.

    -I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

  13. “TOM”
    No answer.
    “TOM!”
    No answer.
    “What’s gone on with that boy, I wonder? You TOM!”
    No answer.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain.

  14. “The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school. But there I was Monday morning, the first week of June, sitting in my mom’s car in front of Goode High School on East 81st.”

    -Rick Riordan, The Battle of The Labyrinth

  15. The Hardy Boys Mystery of the Chinese Junk: Franklin W. Dixon

    “Joe look out! That launch will hit you!” Shouted Frank Hardy from the beach.

  16. He had chosen hotel room very carefully.
    As he crossed the reception area toward the elevators, he was aware of everyone in the area around him.

    -Anthony Horowitz, “Russian Roulette- The story of an assassin.”

  17. ” Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death. ”

    – The Fault in Ours Stars by John Green

  18. From Stephanie Meyer’s The Host:

    I knew it would begin with the end, and the end would look like death to these eyes. I had been warned.

  19. “Until she met the exploding statue, Annabeth thought she was prepared for anything.”
    The Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan

  20. From ‘House of Hades’ by Rick Riordan

    “During the third attack, Hazel almost ate a boulder. She was peering into the fog, wondering how it could be so difficult to fly across one stupid mountain range, when the ship’s alarm bells sounded.”

  21. between shades of gray: Ruta Sepetys

    THEY WORKED US hard on Christmas Day. I stumbled from fatigue, having no sleep the night before.

  22. This is from The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

    “It was June of 1935 that I came home from my ranch in South America for a stay of about six months. It had been a difficult time for us out there. Like everyone else, we had suffered from world depression. I had various affairs to see to in England that I felt could only be successful if a personal touch was introduced. My wife remained to manage the ranch.
    I need hardly say that one of my first actions was to look up my old friend, Hercule Poirot.”

  23. What if there was a 13th zodiac sign?
    You’re no longer Sagittarius, but Ophiuchus, the healer, the 13th sign.
    Your personality has changed. So has your mom’s and your best friend’s.
    What about the rest of the world?
    What if you were the one who accidentally unlocked the 13th sign, causing this world-altering change, and infuriating the other 12 signs?
    Jalen did it, and now she must use every ounce of her strength and cunning to send the signs back where they belong. Lives, including her own, depend upon it.
    This is the first page of one of my favorite books, “The 13th Sign” by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

  24. “I’ve watched through his eyes, I’ve listened through his ears, and I tell you he’s the one. Or at least as close as we’re going to get.”

    -Ender’s Game by Orson Scottcard

  25. This is from The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

    “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.”

    (There is no grammatical or spelling errors, the narrator talks like this)

  26. “The snakes were starting to annoy Percy. They should have died 3 days ago when he dropped a crate of bowling balls on there heads at the napa bargain mart.”
    — Rick Riordan, The Son Of Neptune

  27. The Last Dogs: Dark Waters by Christopher Holt

    Max was running through a city.
    The street he ran down was long and empty. People had once swarmed the sidewalks on either side. They’d sat in glass bus shelters beneath advertisements of smiling men or women, or laughed as they went in and out of shops, arms loaded with colorful bags.

  28. You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter. —Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

  29. Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz

    The man in the black cashmere coat climberd down the steps of his private, six-seater Learjet 40 and stood for a moment his breath frosting in the chill morning air. He seemed to be alone. Ahead of him, a sign read Welcome to London’s City Airport , and beneath it an open door beckoned leading to immigration. He headed for it, completely unaware that he was being watched every step of the way.

  30. He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.
    Metal ground against matal; alurching shudder shook the floor beneath him. He fell down at the sudden movement and shuffled backward on his hands and feet, drops of sweat beading on his forehead despite the cool air. Sinking to the floor, he pulled his legs up tight against his body, hoping his eyes would soon adjust to the darkness.

    From Maze Runner by James Dashner.

  31. “A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeleine L’Engle

    It was a dark and stormy night.
    In her attic bedroom Margaret Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind. Behind the trees clouds scudded frantically across the sky. Every few moments the moon ripped through them, creating wraithlike shadows that raced along the ground.

  32. Angel by James Patterson

    I know he’ll come for me. He has to come for me. Fang wouldn’t let me die here.
    I’d been in the cage for days. I couldn’t remember eating. I couldnt remember sleeping. I was disoriented from all the tests and the needles and the acrid disinfectant smell that had permeated my entire childhood…growing up in a lab, as a expirement. And here i was again, disoriented but still capable of a blinding rage.
    Fang hadn’t come for me. I would have to save myself this time.

  33. From the Gray Wolf Throne, the Third Book in he Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima.

    “Raisa ana’Marianna huddled in her usual dark corner at the Purple Heron, picking at her meat pie. She’d learned to stretch a mea and a mug of cider over an entire evening.
    It was risky to sit out in the common room of a tavern every night. Lord Bayar’s assassins would be searching for her. They’d failed to kill her at Oden’s Ford, thanks to Micah Bayar, Lord Bayar’s son. But the High Wizard’s spies could be anywhere, even here in the border town of Fetters Ford.”

  34. Gimmeacall by Sarah Mlynowski
    I should just return Brian’s watch to Nordstrom and go home. Instead, I’m sitting by the circular fountain in the Stonybrook Mall, starring at the window of the Sunrise Skin spa. It features a poster of a wrinkle-free women and the slogan Go Back In Time. Sounds good to me . If I could go back in time, there”s lots I’d tell my younger self.

  35. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooges name was good upon ‘change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

  36. In the book ” A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle: It was a dark and stormy night. In her bedroom Margaret Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind. Behind the trees clouds scudded frantically across the sky. Every few moments the moon ripped through them, creating wraithlike shadows that raced along the ground.

  37. From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling:
    Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.

  38. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

    My nightmare started like this. I was standing on a deserted night street in some little beach town. It was the middle of the nigh. A storm was blowing. Wind and rain ripped at the palm trees along the sidewalk.

  39. The Demigod Diaries: by Rick Riordan

    My name is Luke.
    Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with this diary. My life is pretty crazy. But I promised the old man I would try. After what happened today . . . well, I owe him.

  40. Reached, By: Ally Condie

    Every morning, the sun comes up and turns the earth red, and I think: This could be the day when everything changes. Maybe yoday the society will fall. Then night comes again and we’re all still waiting. But I know the Pilot’s real.

  41. Alex Rider: Snakehead: Anthony Horowitz

    Alex ride would never forget the feeling of impact,the first shock as the parachute opened and the second – more jolting still- as the module that had carried him back from outer space crashed into the sea.

  42. The Throne Of Fire: by Rick Riordian

    look we dont have time for long introuductions. I need to tell this story quickly or we’re all going to die.

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