First Line Friday (4)

First Line Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Reading is my Superpower. Like the title suggests, you share the first line of the book you’re currently reading.

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First line: Three weeks after my family flew home from their Chirstmas visit to Paris – three weeks spent slothfully reading in bed or randomly walking around the city – I stood on the Pyrénees Metro platform, returning from a trek around Parc des Brutte Chaumont, daydreaming about, of all things, Moken Island, a remote dot of land in the vast Adaman Sea where my family and I had been stranded and almost died.

Title: Daisy and the Missing Mona Lisa

Author: J.T. Allen

Genre: Mystery, Middle Grade

Miss Daisy Tannenbaum, almost thirteen, and homeschooling in Paris with her Aunt Millicent, takes a break from the City of Light and her dreaded math homework, and heads to a rambling chateau in the Loire Valley to help her Aunt Mill’s friend, former-spy Felix, catalog his art collection.

But when Daisy receives a copy of the Mona Lisa as a thank you, strange things start to happen. This Mona is not just any copy, it’s one of two perfect forgeries created to fool the Nazis during their hunt for the real Mona Lisa during WWII.

Daisy’s best friend from the states, Lucia, a newly minted teen model, and in Paris to audition for the spring runway shows, thinks Daisy’s Mona is the real one. Real or not, it’s worth a fortune, and when Felix suddenly dies, his family accuses Daisy of stealing it.

Our plucky heroine must navigate a world of crazy, scheming, often criminal adults, not to mention traveling ghosts, ginormous pigs, testy lawyers, former spies, and obnoxious fashionistas, as she finds herself in a harrowing chase in and around Paris while trying to outwit them all to keep her beloved Mona.


  1. That’s really an atmospheric first line 😀

  2. FLF~ Mine comes from The Wife List ~ A cry awakes me.

  3. What a great first line! I’ll have to check this series out. It sounds so good! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Wow, those are good first lines! They really catch your attention. Have a great weekend!

  5. Paula Shreckhise says

    My first line comes from In Spotlight and Shadows from Rachel Scott Mc Daniel:
    Chapter 1 Elise January, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    History didn’t haphazardly repeat itself in the chapters of Elise Malvern’s life.

  6. I’m currently reading Miss Newbury’s List by Megan Walker. It’s a super sweet story!
    “My pulse pounded in my ears. Me? Learn to fight? My fists were as delicate as porcelain. This had to be a joke.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤️📚

  7. Sounds fun! Today I’m reading Forged in Love by Mary Connealy. The first line is: “August 1870, Pine Valley, Wyoming, Near the Wind River Mountains ~ A bullet slammed into the side of the stagecoach carrying Mariah Stover, her pa, and her older brother.” I hope you have a wonderful week!

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