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A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 4

(Previously on Nerd vs. Nerd.)

Category: Novels, 1950-Present

I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before.

“Sounds like A Separate Peace,” I said, “except that it wasn’t Devon . . . ”

“Do you want a clue?” offered Ilene.

Ian shrugged, I guessed “A Separate Peace,” by John Fowles, anyway, and was, happily, correct. Ilene revealed what her clue would have been: a book that both John Green (a former Booklister) and Daniel Kraus have had their work compared to. A point, or book, to the Winners.

Category: Novels, 1950-Present

When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

Groans from The Winners. Groans from the Losers. (At least I think Daniel was groaning.) Tied game, although my calling it a “deadlock” was mockingbirded–er, mocked.

Daniel compared it to another game, Bookchase: “Like Bookchase, you don’t even have to have read the books.”

Raw hubris or statement of fact? Stay tuned . . . .

Score: The Winners 3, The Losers 3

Answers
A) A Separate Peace, by John Knowles (1959)
B) To Kill a Mockingbird, by C.S. Leharper [SIC] Lee (1960)

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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