First Lines Friday: 6th July

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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They gave me such a jolly party today.  Everyone from the village came.

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…





In the Mouth of the Wolf by Michael Morpurgo

In the Mouth of the Wolf

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Francis and Pieter are brothers. As shadow of one war lingers, and the rumbles of another approach, the brothers argue. Francis is a fierce pacifist, while Pieter signs up to fight. What happens next will change the course of Francis’s life forever… and throw him into the mouth of the wolf.

Labeled as a children’s book, this biography had more to offer than most of what I’ve attempted to read recently – beautifully illustrated, with an interesting narrative style and Morpurgo’s usual tear-jerking storytelling.  I loved this book so much that I have a raving review of it coming very, very soon.

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Happy reading,

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