First line: On my sixteenth birthday, I went to the Moon.
Title: Apollo's Outcasts by Allen Steele
(Entertaining YA science-fiction novel set on the moon; it reminded me
of my favorite Heinlein novels.)
First lines: June 4th, 1911--Today Miss Chandler gave me this beautiful book. I vow that I will never forget her kindness to me, and I will use this book as she told me to--I will write in it with truth and refinement.
Title: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
(14-year-old Joan Scraggs escapes her family's hardscrabble Pennsylvania farm in order to find a better future for herself in this delightful YA historical fiction novel.)
First line: Wherever he went that night people insisted on confiding in him.
Title: The Locusts Have No King by Dawn Powell
(This is my favorite Dawn Powell novel.)
First lines: As my train pulled into London, I looked out at the early summer rain and was glad to see the dreary day had followed me from Hampshire. It suited my mood.
Title: An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
(Another excellent Bess Crawford mystery set in England in 1917.)
First line: It wasn't a lot of luggage for six years; for the longest journey anyone has ever taken.
Title: Marsbound by Joe Haldeman
(Science-fiction adventure set on Mars.)