The first 10 pages include a cyclone, the death of a witch and a Munchkin or two

There’s nothing like a cyclone to kickstart a book into action. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz did just that.

L. Frank Baum understood that danger and fear add sizzle to the first 10 pages.

Suddenly Uncle Henry stood up. “There’s a cyclone coming, Em,” he called to his wife. “I’ll go look after the stock.” Then he ran toward the shed where the cows and horses were kept. Aunt Em dropped her work and came to the door. One glance told her of the danger close at hand. “Quick Dorothy!” she screamed. “Run for the cellar!”

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