Favorite First Sentences

On Dreamer's Plain, the gathering of delegations from the Twelve Crowns of Raine for the coronation of the Queen of Raine looked like an invading army.
- Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do; once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
- Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Taran wanted to make a sword; but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes.
- The Book of Three, Lloyd Alexander

Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity - Good.
- Bridge to Tarabithia, Katherine Paterson

It was not a dark and stormy night.
- The Celery Stalks at Midnight, James Howe

Linderwall was a large kingdom, just east of the Mountains of Morning, where philosophers were highly respected and the number five was fashionable.
- Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede

"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

There could be no doubt of the fact: Princess Ozma, the lovely girl ruler of the Fairyland of Oz, was lost.
- The Lost Princess of Oz, L. Frank Baum

I don't want to
because boys
don't write poetry.
- Love That Dog, Sharon Creech

All children, except one, grow up.
- Peter and Wendy, J. M. Barrie

There was once upon a time - "A king!" my little readers will instantly exclaim.
- Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi

"Seems to me," said Cap'n Bill, as he sat beside Trot under the big acacia tree, looking out over the blue ocean, "seems to me, Trot, as how the more we know, the more we find we don't know."
- The Scarecrow of Oz, L. Frank Baum

"Nobody," said Cap'n Bill, solemnly, "ever sawr a mermaid an' lived to tell the tale."
- The Sea Fairies, L. Frank Baum

Once upon a time there was a pair of pants.
- The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Ann Brashares

Part of the problem, Nita thought as she tore desperately down Rose Avenue, is that I can't keep my mouth shut.
- So You Want to Be a Wizard, Diane Duane

One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it - it was the black kitten's fault entirely.
- Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Lewis Carroll

Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17--, and go back to the time when my father kept the 'Admiral Benbow' inn, and the brown old seaman with the saber cut first took up his lodging under our roof.
- Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty.
- The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis

A mile above Oz, the Witch balanced on the wind's forward edge, as if she were a green fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air.
- Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire

Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
- Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne

She was still asleep, but she could feel herself rising up out of sleep, just like a balloon: it was like she was a goldfish in a round bowl of sleep, rising and rising through the warm waters of sleep to the top.
- The Wishing Tree, William Faulkner

In a living room of a suburban house on Long Island, a wizard sat with a TV remote control in his hand, and an annoyed expression on his face.
- A Wizard Alone, Diane Duane

Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

It was a dark and stormy night.
- A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle