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Fabulous First Line Friday (1 June)

To celebrate the National Year of Reading, we are sharing some first lines from books on our bookshelves. So, every Friday for the rest of the year we’re posting a fabulous first line here on Soup Blog.

Here’s today’s Fabulous First Line*:


The day that Leo Zifkak became the owner of the music box, his life changed forever.


Do you want to read on? What do you think comes next?

The title of the book is right at the end of this post so you can try to guess it first.

*For the purposes of Fabulous First Line Friday, we’re counting the first line as the first line of chapter 1 in any book. So if there is an introduction or an author’s note or something before chapter 1, we don’t count that bit …


The book is They Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda.


This post was added by Rebecca Newman. Rebecca is a children's writer and poet, and the editor of the Australian children's literary blog, Alphabet Soup. For more about Rebecca visit: