The puzzling hook



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The puzzling hook – this immediately makes you ask questions of the story.


Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening Hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.’

Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

The direct address hook – you are spoken to directly and feel involved from the start.

I have a stone that looks like a snake: all curled up. It’s my most precious thing. I’ve had it since I was born, you see.

Do you ever think about being born?’

The Snake-stone – Berlie Doherty

The subtle hook – this appeals to your sense of curiosity. Who is she?

She started with the universe.’

Counting Stars – David Almond

The atmospheric hook – this is descriptive, and could evoke any variety of moods.

A cold, wet day in December. The worst kind of day for the backlands. The clouds were so low they seemed to trail their mists in the treetops and already, at half past three it was dark within the forest.’

The Giant Under the Snow – John Gordon

The visual hook – appeals to our sense of sight.

Our classroom looked smashing. Lots of silver tinsel and crepe paper and lanterns.’
A Northern Childhood – George Layton


The funny hook – this is a tricky hook and only works if it appeals to your sense of humour.

When Bill Simpson woke up on Monday morning, he found he was a girl. He was standing, staring at himself in the mirror, quite baffled, when his mother swept in. ‘Why don’t you wear this pretty pink dress?’ she said.’

Bill’s New Frock – Anne Fine

The direct speech hook – this implies lots of action and a fast pace.

‘‘I don’t care if your friend Darren has a python, a cockatoo and a marmoset monkey,’ said mum, ‘the answer’s still no.’
Jake’s Magic – Alan Durant




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