The first thing to know about Limpet is that his favourite ice cream was vanilla.
There was nothing dangerous about vanilla ice cream. Nothing that might jump out and attack you.
Whatever might attack you from an ice cream? you ask.
Limpet knew every way an ice cream might attack you. He had written them all down in his notebook of Things That Might Go (Badly) Wrong.
A chocolate might go up your nose and poke your brain.
Strawberry sauce might cause a wasp to get stuck on your lip.
And then another wasp might attack you to rescue its wasp friend.
Sprinkles might make you sneeze really loudly and Limpet’s one wobbly tooth might fall out in the sneeze and rocket up someone’s nose and that person would have to live with a tooth up their nose for the rest of their life and…
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Counselors by Jessica Goodman
The summer will begin like it always does, with me wandering the grounds of Camp Alpine Lake alone. It’s the first day of maintenance week, when all the counselors arrive to get the place ready for campers. But I’m the only one who can come early.
No one else gets to experience how the cabins smell like cedar and lemon when they’re empty, not yet filled with other counselors or twelve-year-old boys who don’t know about deodorant. How the sun bounces off the lake when there aren’t any swimmers bobbing in the lap lanes. Or how you can stand at the edge of Creepy Cliff and scream, loud and long, listening to your voice echo all across New England.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens
I’d been envisioning what it would be like to behead the Vile One since the old wizard had shown up at my door the day after I turned seventeen and told me my destiny – that I would be the person who ended the dark shadow of evil that ruled our realm. Well, okay, not that specific second because who believes a drunken stranger with a crooked hat carrying around a humming staff? No one. That’s who. At least, you shouldn’t. That’s unsafe.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Pepper’s Rules for Secret Sleuthing by Briana McDonald
Dad and I stand in front of the biggest house I’ve seen in my life. It looks like a row of two-story houses were smooshed together, then decorated with thick Greek pillars and pearl-white shutters. The driveway alone is so large, we had to drive around an enormous patch of frog-green grass that circles a glowing fountain with a perpetually spitting dolphin in its center just to park by the front door.
I crane my neck to take it all in, eyes wide. “It looks like a giant, haunted mansion. Perfect for some summertime sleuthing.”
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
The myths of my people say only a true bride of the Sea God can bring an end to his insatiable wrath. When the otherworldly storms rise from the East Sea, lightning breaking the sky and waters ripping up the shore, a bride is chosen and given to the Sea God.
Or sacrificed, depending on the measure of your faith.
Every year the storms begin, and every year a girl is brought to the sea. I can’t help but wondering if Shim Cheong believes in the myth of the Sea God’s bride. If she’ll find comfort in it before the end.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Remarkables by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Marin stared at the towering wall of cardboard boxes that ran down the middle of her family’s new living room. It was like something out of a fairy tale – it seemed like every time she or Dad moved or unpacked one box, another one grew in its place.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton
There was no possibility of walking to the library that day. Morning rain had blanched the air, and Miss Darlington feared that if Cecilia ventured out she would devolop a cough and be dead within the week. Therefore Cecilia was at home, sitting with her aunt in a room ten degrees colder than the streets of London, and reading aloud The Song of Hiawatha by “that American rogue, Mr. Longfellow,” when the strange gentleman knocked at their door.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Dead Popular by Sue Wallman
The waves rolled on to the sand with a slow, gentle swish. It was the loudest sound on the beach. From somewhere up on the cliffs, beyond the wind-stunted trees, came the distant thump of music and the hum of excited chatter. Light from the partial moon gave the water a slight shine, like tarnished metal. Small crabs the size of coins burrowed in the damp sand and insects skittered on the surface. Seaweed lay in stranded heaps.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Escape Room by Christopher Edge
This is The Escape.
It looks just how I imagined it would look: a neon blade of a building rising above the dark windowless warehouses that surround it. LED lights shimmer across its mirrored surfaces as I approach, catching my reflection in a kaleidoscope of colour.
I’m buzzing with excitement. This is my reward for working so hard: an evening of adventure at The Escape.
That’s if I can find my way in.
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Leonora Bolt: Secret Inventor by Lucy Brandt + Gladys Jose
Fnizzle, Thwoosh, KABLOOM!
Leonora Bolt’s hair was on fire again. And so were her eyebrows. “Amazing,” she murmured, before realizing her head felt a bit hotter than usual. Grabbing a glass of water, she sloshed it right over herself.
Burnt brown curls stuck to her cheeks like seaweed. Great globs of grease dribbled down her grubby dungarees. And Leonora’s eyes gleamed with triumph.