|Photo by Richard Roche|
The public library in Wheaton, Illinois has been ranked a Top 10 Library (2006) by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings. It sprawls over three floors, with the entire lower level being devoted to children's books. On the top level, there is also a section dedicated to Young Adult novels. It was in this section that I recently saw a display, topped by this sign:
Below the sign were pieces of paper, each containing the opening line or lines of a different book:
Beneath each piece of paper was the corresponding book. Well, each book was supposed to be under there. But the opening teasers worked so well that most of the books were checked out. Of course, that drove me crazy! Thank heaven, the thoughtful librarians had a cheat sheet with the answers.
Do you know the answers?
Would you like to?
Well, you will have to wait until Wednesday. Until then, please join me in wondering --
What makes a good opening line?
Also, I have a little unfinished business to attend to. A winner has to be drawn for last week's giveaway.
It's times like this that I wish I had an adorable guinea pig named Cookie. When author Cynthia Lord has a book to give away, she fans out strips of paper and waits for Cookie to go nibble on the winner's name. I tried to enlist our dog, Sanji, but this is the look he gave me --
So I relied on the old shake-in-the-bag method, and the book WHERE DO FAIRIES GO WHEN IT SNOWS? by Liza Gardner Walsh and Hazel Mitchell goes to...
And the winner of the Winter Fairy Kit is...
CATHY BALLOU MEALEY!
Congratulations, Janet and Cathy! We'll be in touch.
Thank you to all of our readers who entered the drawing.