A strong opening chapter is essential in capturing not just an agent's attention, but in hooking your readers. It is your book's first impression, and for over-scheduled, savvy young readers of Middle Grade and Young Adult, that first impression needs to resonate right away. But what makes a truly engaging opening? How much backstory is too much backstory, and what is connecting your reader to your main character? And is capturing the entire scope of a novel in the opening pages really all that necessary? In this lecture, literary agent Sarah LaPolla will discuss the best ways to effectively present voice, story, and character in your opening pages in ways that reach teen readers and keep an agent wanting more.