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100 best opening lines from children's books

100 best opening lines from children's books

Hooks for young readers

Once upon a time...is not the only way to begin a children's book.

L.M. Montgomery opted for a daring 148-word sentence to open her classic Anne of Green Gables, while J. M. Barrie introduced generations of youngsters to Peter Pan with a short, sharp six words. Revisit the most memorable and gripping opening sentences of 100 essential books for youngsters - from pre-school to high-school - in the gallery below.

Let us know your favourite children's book first lines from the gallery, or any we missed, in the comments section below, or on Twitter.

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