First lines quiz #7 – Children’s Lit Edition


~ I will post the first sentences of ten books. (I skip any beginning quotations or prefaces. If I think more than one sentence is necessary, I’ll post two.)
~ You guess the titles and authors and leave your guesses in the comments.
~ You don’t have to guess on all ten; guess on the ones you know.
~ I’ll update the post by putting the lines in bold and adding titles and authors when someone gets one correct.
~ Have fun!

1. Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away.From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg – guessed by Kristin

2. It was a dark and stormy night.A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle – guessed by Raidergirl

3. “Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White – guessed by Kathy

4. These two very old people are the father and mother of Mr. Bucket.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl – guessed by Kathy

5. The primroses were over.Watership Down, Richard Adams – guessed by JoAnn

6. Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith – guessed by Kristin

7. Harriet was trying to explain to Sport how to play Town.Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh – guessed by Kristin

8. I am on my mountain in a tree home that people have passed without ever knowing that I am here.My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George – guessed by Nicola

9. During the summer of 1941, every weekday morning at the top of the tide, McCall Purnell and I would board my skiff and go progging for crab.Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Paterson – guessed by Kristin

10. There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman – guessed by Kristin

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15 Responses to First lines quiz #7 – Children’s Lit Edition

  1. Kathy says:

    My guess for #3 is Charlotte’s Web and for #4 is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  2. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Kathy – yes, you’re right! And how funny – I was commenting on your blog while you were commenting on mine. πŸ™‚

  3. Kristin says:

    These are so much fun!
    1 – E.L. Konigsburg – From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    6 – Betty Smith – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    7 – Harriet The Spy (I’m afraid I can’t remember the author)
    9 – Katherine Paterson – Jacob Have I Loved
    10 – Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book !!

  4. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Kristin – wow – you’re correct on all five!

  5. raidergirl3 says:

    #2 A Wrinkle in Time

  6. Kathrin
    Twitter: bookaholicdream

    #2 might be the first Harry Postter book…

  7. Kathrin
    Twitter: bookaholicdream

    ahm, that should read POtter, not POstter… Harry Potter.

  8. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Raidergirl got it – sorry, Kathrin, not Harry Potter. πŸ™‚

  9. Nicola
    Twitter: lilelizajane

    8. My side of the Mountain by jean craighead george ?

  10. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Nicola – yes, it is!

  11. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Adding a hint for #5 – think rabbits. πŸ™‚

  12. JoAnn
    Twitter: lakesidemusing

    Now that you’ve got a hint, I’ll guess Watership Down for #5.

  13. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    JoAnn – yes, you got the last one!

  14. Kathrin
    Twitter: bookaholicdream

    C’est la vie… From what I remember of the German and French copies I read, it would have fit in with Harry Potter, but I didn’t have my copies around to check…

  15. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Kathrin – it definitely sounds like it could come from a HP book! πŸ™‚