…you were wondering what the answers to my first line quiz were.
Here, with the lovely front covers, are the books re-united with their opening lines:
cover by Brian Froud
Taran wanted to make a sword, but Coll charged with the practical side of his imagination, decided on horseshoes.
It starts and ends with the knife.
There was an ash tree in the churchyard of Hale Magna with a crow’s nest at the top.
cover design by Júlia Sardà
Even before she came to Belton, Minty Cane knew she was a witch or something like that.
cover by Kate Grove & Phil Huntington
Stag’s Leap. It felt like the edge of the world, nothing beyond but the fall of rock, depth and fierce winds.
Cover art by Bob Pepper
In their ruddy jackets of leather that reached to their knees, the men of Erl appeared before their lord, the stately white-haired man in his long red room.
illustrated by Adam Stower
There was a boy called Odd, and there was nothing strange or unusual about that, not in that time and place.
At dawn one still October day in the long ago of the world, across the hill of Alderley, a farmer from Moberley was riding to Macclesfield fair.
Cover by David Dean
Rush hour. So many armpits, so little deodorant.
One dark season Grandible became certain that there was something living in his domain within the cheese tunnels.
Good day, brothers. I am ready talk to you now. Ready to tell you the truth.
When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.
There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself – not just sometimes but always.
This is the story of a bloodstained boy.
Polly cut off her hair in front of the mirror, feeling slightly guilty about not feeling very guilty about doing so.
I will be honest – I was rather surprised that no-one had a go.