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Great Opening Lines to Hook Young Readers

If you're interested in getting your child or teen to keep reading during the hot, long, lazy vacation, offer them these cool summer books. They all have great first lines as well as fast-moving plots, three-dimensional characters, and good, strong finishes.

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Nancy Pearl is a regular commentator about books on NPR's Morning Edition and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.