In Part Three of my series about bang-up beginnings, these authors have all found ways of using other media to start off strong. Take a look these great books. And if you have any to add, the comments section awaits.
START WITH A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE, SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT, SCREENPLAY, TRANSCRIPT, BOOK WITHIN A BOOK, GLOSSARY, ETC.
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague
LOCAL DOG ENTERS OBEDIENCE SCHOOL
Citing a long list of behavioral problems, Snort City resident Gertrude R. LaRue yesterday enrolled her dog, Ike, in the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
chest beat: repeated slapping of the chest with one or both hands in order to generate a loud sound (sometimes used by gorillas as a threat display to intimidate an opponent)
the Grunt: snorting, piglike noise made by gorilla parents to express annoyance
From Dramarama by E. Lockhart (ya)
Transcript of a microcassette recording:
Demi: Is it on?
Sadye: That red light is supposed to glow.
Demi: It is glowing.
Sadye: No, it’s not.
Demi: Yes, it is. You can’t see because of the angle.
Sadye: Stop it and check.
(thump thumpy thump, click click)
Demi: Ha-HA! Let the record show that I was right.
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
TEEN BASKETBALL STAR KILLED IN FIERY CRASH
Nov. 8—Rober Washington, age 17, captain of the Hazlewood High School basketball team …
Hollywood Hustle (Son of the Mob, Book 2) by Gordon Korman
AERIAL SHOT—THE OPEN ROAD—DAY
An old Mazda Protegé tools along the cable of highway into the brilliant sunrise. With rapid-fire blur of broken lines on the asphalt, the weight of New York–childhood, family, smog–recedes into history. Every fiber of this scene, every pixel, screams, “Freedom!”
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Explain how your experiences as a teenager significantly differ from those of your friends. Include comparisons. (University of Puget Sound)
The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors by E. Lockhart
The Care and Ownership of Boobs
(a subject important to our study of the male humanoid animal because the boobs, if deployed properly, are like giant boy magnets attached to your chest.
Or smallish boy magnets. Or medium.
Depending on your endowment.
But boy magnets. That is the point.
They are magnets, we say. Magnets!)
NEXT UP: PART 4, START WITH A CONFESSION