I love reading opening pages. It’s so enlightening and fun to see how other writers approach the all important first page.
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Below is the first page from my middle grade contemporary fantasy titled, How to Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings.
Survival Tip 1 Never doubt the power of the pumpkin pie.
I hid in the shadows of the hallway outside our kitchen—the perfect place to do a little yoga before one of the hardest missions of my twelve-year-old life.
I had to talk to my dad, who is more like a clam than a canary when it comes to certain subjects. Like missing relatives.
My hands on the floor and my body in the push-up position, I took a deep breath and dipped into the double dog dare. Don’t get me wrong. My dad talks to me about all sorts of things, especially when it comes to the History Channel and ancient civilizations. But he doesn’t understand the seriousness of split ends or the fact that girls need cell phones (not walkie talkies).
I arched into the alley cat. Communicating with a biological parent shouldn’t be that difficult. We both speak English. And, impossible tasks are my thing. For example, I finally beat my cousin, Melvin, at checkers. Though he claims it never happened. And I figured out how to keep shoelaces tied. Just make sure you can slip your foot in and out of your shoe before using the hot glue. Seriously.
But none of that was important.
Not compared to finding Zebulon, my grandfather, who’d been missing for two years.
Thanks for reading! I’ll be reading through a lot of first pages today! Join in the fun.