When I was a kid, all stories started the same well known way:

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Then things changed. I replaced the fairy tales with books like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Diary of Anne Frank. I have learned many new ways to start a story.

Here is a small selection of my favorite story openers. I’ve picked various novels including:

#1: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

#2: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

#3: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by  J. K. Rowling

#4: The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

#5: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

#6: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

#7: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

#8: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

#9: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

#10: 1984 by George Orwell

Opening sentences are often valued as people’s favorite quotes. If you have a favorite story opener, you are encouraged to put it in the comments below.

The Hobbit

by J. R. R. Tolkien

This is the classic epic story for kids with a memorable beginning.

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J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit got is still widely recognized worldwide. The authentic third person narrative still recalls bright memories from the childhood of millions of people.


by Stephenie Meyer

Here’s how the prologue starts:

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I’d never given much thought to how I would die – though I’d had reason enough in the last few months – but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by  J. K. Rowling

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The Chronicles of Narnia

by C. S. Lewis

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

by John Boyne

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James and the Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl

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The Golden Compass

by Philip Pullman

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The Bad Beginning

by Lemony Snicket

The first book of the children’s novel sequence: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding



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