27 March 2020

Half Magic | First Line Friday + The Friday 56

First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.
The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.

Happy Friday!

I've been embracing the fun of #MiddleGradeMarch. (The Dragon With a Chocolate Heart has been my favorite so far.) Before this month ends, I'm hoping to get a few more middle-grade reads finished, including this one from Edward Eager.

First Line: It began one day in summer about thirty years ago, and it happened to four children.

From Page 56: "As a matter of fact, you may as well know—something rather frightening has been happening."


It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk. Jane finds the coin, and because she and her siblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen. And something does: Her wish is granted. Or not quite. Only half of her wish comes true. It turns out the coin grants wishes—but only by half, so that you must wish for twice as much as you want. Wishing for two times some things is a cinch, but other doubled wishes only cause twice as much trouble. What is half of twice a talking cat? Or to be half-again twice not-here? And how do you double your most heartfelt wish, the one you care about so much it has to be perfect?

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
And be sure to stop by Hoarding Books and Freda's Voice for a peek into other books.


  1. The excerpts grabbed me. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “FOLLOW ME”

  2. My first line is from Silent Shadows by Natalie Walters:

    Pecca Gallegos never thought she’d be turning down a marriage proposal—much less four of them.

    Just finished this wonderful book!

  3. Happy Friday!
    I'm sharing the first line from The Merchant's Yield by Lorri Dudley: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2020/03/27/first-line-friday-129/. I'm just starting the novel, so I will share another line from the book here today.
    "Mama glanced at Lottie's coiffure and sighed. 'I wish you had used powder.'"
    Hope you have an excellent day and a great weekend. 🙂❤️📖

  4. Sounds like a fun read!! Happy weekend!

  5. Happy Friday! My first line is from "Marry Me" by Autumn Macarthur:

    "The intercom on the hospital room wall beeped, interrupting Melanie and Alia's fast and furious clapping game and their storm of giggles."

  6. I remember this! So much fun!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  7. Happy Friday! I'm sharing from The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin today. Here is the first line from chapter 3:

    "It wasn't easy to open the front door of my cottage with a bread bowl of stew in my hands and a jug of milk under one arm. But I managed."

  8. Happy Friday! Today, I'm sharing the first line from On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White: "A stranger stalking down the street shouldn't make her hands tremble in anticipation."


  9. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett but right now I'm reading Labeling Lincoln by Stephenia H McGee so I'll share the first line from chapter 2 here: George struggled to keep his composure as they led him deeper into the bowels of the prison." Happy reading this weekend!