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A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 9

(Previously on Nerd Hospital.)

Category: Novels, 1900-1950

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks–

1984, by George Orwell!” I shouted, modestly.

–were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

I basked in the admiration of my colleagues, without telling them that my English-teacher father taught 1984 every year, and that not having a strong knowledge of the book in my house was not an option. (Wait, did I just think that, or write it?) But why is 1984 in Novels, 1900-1950, while Brave New World is in Science Fiction & Fantasy? And, come to think of it, what determines which books are in Children’s Books and which are in Children’s Movies?

Category: Children’s Books

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

GREAT first line. (And how many times will The Losers get Children’s Books, anyway?) “That’s C. S. Lewis,” said Ilene promptly. “It’s not Voyage of the Dawn Treader, though.” The Losers’ guess of “Lewis,” however, proved good enough, and we enjoyed a good laugh after the correct answer was revealed.

Score: The Winners 6, The Losers 7

A) 1984, by George Orwell, 1948
B) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis, 1952



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

3 Comments on "A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 9"

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  1.' Addison says:

    OMG, what happened next?!

  2. Keir says:

    And then the playing surface burst into flames!

    Actually, what happened was that my kid got sick and I couldn’t post yesterday. Look for another installment this afternoon.

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