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CAN YOU HOOK ME IN? November 2016





Can you write a super suspense-filled story opener to keep your reader wanting more?


What are the ingredients of a great story opener?




Take a look at my favourite opener…


‘When the doorbell rings at 3 in the morning, it’s never good news.’


What’s so great about it? How has it managed to 'hook' me in? 




Well, it makes the reader curious.


It poses questions in your mind, and you want to read on, to discover the answers


about - Who? What? Why?




If you’re wondering, it’s from Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, and there are copies in the

school library.     







Now, it’s YOUR turn …                                                                                                                                                  




Write your own story opener hook for any type of story you wish.



Make it so interesting and mysterious that the reader might ask themselves – Who? What? Why?



In other words, your challenge is to HOOK ME IN!      




To help you, look at some of the different ways of writing a great story hook below.

See if you can match each opener with the correct book from the gallery at the bottom of the page.




Open with dialogue (speech):


But Granny is sooooo boring,’ said Ben. 



Describe action:


Peter crouched over the fire, stirring the embers so that the sparks swarmed up like imps on the  rocky walls of hell.



Ask the reader a question:


Ever had the feeling your life's been flushed down the toilet?



An opener that fills the reader with tense excitement:


"Where's Papa going with that axe?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast."



A description of the setting: 


The hottest day of the year so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.




Stating something extraordinary in an ordinary way:


Johnny never knew for certain why he started seeing the dead.









Remember, you are just writing the opening hook to a story – so it doesn't need to be long (1-3 sentences).  Your aim is to make it as interesting as you can, so that I am ‘hooked in’ and want to read more.




The deadline is Thursday 8th of December. There will be one winner from each year group!


You can either e-mail me your entry at: or hand it in to me or your class teacher.




   Good Luck!




  Mrs. Collins.




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  • Greenford
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