First Line Friday asks that we copy the first line of a current read. Today’s is from a book I’ve heard a great deal about.

I have loved everything Anthony Doerr has written in the past and am also enjoying this 2021 publication.


Mission Year 65

Day 307 inside vault one”


A fourteen year old girl sits cross-legged on the floor of a circular vault. A mass of curls haloes her head; her socks are full of holes. This is Konstance.”

The opening depicts “…Konstance, traveling toward a new world, decades from now.”

According to the back cover, we will also meet, “Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople,” and “teenage idealist Seymour and octogenarian Zeno in an attack on a public library in present-day Idaho.”

Leave it to Doerr to magically interconnect these people “through an ancient story which comes to provide solace to these unforgettable characters.”

I have just begun and plan to MAKE time to read on it during my BLOGMAS READATHON this week.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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