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Second Fiddle

second_fiddleYou won’t want to miss out on the chance to read this great book yourself! Author Rosanne Parry has graciously given me two autographed paperback copies of Second Fiddle (Random House Children’s Books, 2011) to award to two lucky people.
First, let me tell you about this book:
Jody and her two musician friends, Vivian and Giselle, will be separated soon. The Berlin Wall has come down and the kids’ army families will all be sent to different places in the US. But first they have an Ensemble Contest in Paris. But now their music teacher has to cancel, so how will they get there? The answer involves attempted murder, rescue, lies, danger, and betrayal.
I love, love the first sentence: “If we had known it would eventually involve the KGB, the French National Police, and the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, we would have left the body in the river and called the Polizei like any normal German citizen; but we were Americans and addicted to solving other people’s problems, so naturally, we got involved.” Don’t you want to read more? Of course, you do!
To enter for a chance to win the giveaway, comment below with one of your favorite book lines. Tell me the title and author. I’ll throw your name in the hat with others and draw the winners. You must enter by April 16th at midnight Pacific Standard Time. (Please make sure you give me a way to contact you, so I can get your mailing address privately…)
After you enter, read more about Rosanne here. Her next book is called Written in Stone and will be out in June 2013! Rosanne says, “This is a story I’ve been working on for many years and is particularly dear to me as it is set on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State among the Quinault and Makah where I spent my very first years as a teacher.” And, yes, if you read YA, you’ve heard about the Quinaults before…

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6 thoughts on “Second Fiddle

  1. Hmm, so many to choose from! But here’s a favorite first line: “If your teacher has to die, August isn’t a bad time of year for it.” From “The Teacher’s Funeral” by Richard Peck.

  2. “The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive” from The Thief of Always. Might be my favorite first line ever.
    Thanks for running the contest!

  3. A line I like:
    “I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.” – The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    (That’s not the first line of the novel, although it does start interestingly: “I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.”)

  4. Great giveaway!! I’d love to read Rosanne’s book! It sounds intriguing. A favorite book line? Well, I like a lot of them. I recently read this from STARTERS by Lissa Price: “My odds of escaping were so small, there probably wasn’t a fraction to express them.”
    And this one from WITHER by Lauren DeStefano: “I try to smile like his voice isn’t sending cockroaches up and down my spine.” 🙂

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