Online, we call them "clickbait." In old time radio dramas, they were "cliffhangers." It's that compelling pitch that makes you want to know more.
Delia Ullberg is the Youth Services Manager at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia. Delia says when she's trying to get a young patron interested in a book, she comes up with "a hook" - something that piques the kid’s interest.
For Jennifer Holm's "Full of Beans," she holds up the novel and says, “grownups lie.” For Dave Barry’s "TheWorst Class Trip Ever," her hook is simply, “someone falls on the president”.*
Give it a try. Just think of yourself as the Don Draper of kidlit.
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* The prequel to Jennifer Holm's book is featured on this episode.
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