Okay. Now that I've totally overdone the B alliteration, let's get down to business. Sorry. Couldn't resist. But really, what is the recipe for a great beginning? To me, that's sorta like asking, "What makes a best seller?" There isn't one, pat answer, but I'm asking it anyway: What makes a great beginning?
If you've read any of the other posts in my Alphabet Series (follow the label "abc's of mg"), you know my motivation for writing these posts is this: I'm readying a middle grade manuscript for querying. And I'm not in a hurry to do that; querying is still MONTHS away, but I am concerned with making my manuscript the best it can be before I do that. More B alliteration. Oops. Although I've never queried anything yet, I do know you usually send five to ten pages of the BEGINNING of your story along with your query letter. That tells me my beginning Must. Be. Awesome.
Let's discuss: What makes a beginning awesome?