Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Five top opening scenes in YA fiction

At the BN Teen blog Kayla Whaley tagged five of the best opening scenes in YA lit, including:
Best Foreshadowing

Labyrinth Lost, by Zoraida Córdova

When Alex was seven years old, she snuck downstairs to a basement filled with music and her mom’s Circle of brujas and brujos. There, Alex saw her dead Aunt Rosaria—whom the family had just buried—dancing. This opening scene is not only a promise of magic and mystery, but also signals the role family will play and the importance of the less-than-distinct line between life and death. If that weren’t enough, when her mother warns Alex at the end of the scene to “never break a Circle,” we’re given a chilling suggestion of the conflict to come.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue