Friday, April 18, 2014

April 17th's Book Beginning and Friday 56

Is it really Friday already?  Yikes!  But that means it is time for Book Beginning and Friday 56.

This week, I've got selections from a middle grade mystery I read this week.

Poached is the second mystery by Stuart Gibbs in his FunJungle series.  (He has another couple series out as well.)  The setting is a giant zoo/amusement park.

Stuart crafts some of the best first lines I have ever read.  For example:

I would never have been accused of stealing the koala if Vance Jessup hadn't made me drop a human arm in the shark tank.

See what I mean?

And moving ahead to page 56 we find:

"You know what this means, Teddy?"
"Yeah," I said sadly.  "I do."
"If you want to prove you're innocent, you're gonna have to find the bad guy yourself."

I'll be reviewing this book on Monday so I can get it in this week's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, so come back then to see just how much I loved this book.  (Should I have issued a spoiler alert for my review?)


  1. That beginning is absolutely hilarious! How does he have a spare human arm lying around to drop into a shark tank? And why was he holding a koala anyway? I love it when wrongly accused people decide to find the bad guy themselves, it makes for some of the best plots! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

    1. I'm glad you like the first line as much as I do. As I said, Stuart has some of the best.

  2. That is SOME beginning!!!

    Here is my Book Beginning post!


    Here is my Friday 56

    1. Certainly catches your attention, doesn't it?

  3. Very attention getting.

    THANKS for sharing.

    Good beginning.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
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  4. LOL @ the beginning... I'm in stitches!
    Love the 56 too... wonder what they are accused of?!

    Happy Easter!

    1. That answer to your question is in the first line.... :)

  5. That's the best beginning this week, for sure!

    I haven't been around to visit BBOF participants for a while now. My apologies. I started my own law firm two weeks ago and have been crazy busy getting set up.

    1. I didn't know we were competing for best first line, but I'm glad I won! And congrats and good luck on the law firm.