Critical Linking: November 22, 2014

As the first installment of the final book in the Hunger Games series is released in cinemas this week, we thought we would test how well you know the book. And may the odds be ever in your favour…

So, how well DO you know the book?


A lot of people swear by Goodreads. I swear at it. Often. It’s a font of unsourced quotations, some of them fake, just like Wikiquotes. Take the line that tops the list of George Eliot quotes: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

There’s no proof she ever said it. None whatsoever. Nobody has found that line in her letters, journals, stories, novels, or even discovered anyone who knew her claiming that she said it.

Quotes attributed to authors who never actually said them. “The problem with Internet quotes is you can’t always depend on their accuracy” — Abraham Lincoln


Waukegan Public Library Executive Director Richard Lee has formed a committee to raise money to commission the statue to honor the author. [Ray] Bradbury was a supporter of the Waukegan Public Library throughout his career, and the library was recently named one of three beneficiaries to his personal estate, the committee said in a news release.

Have ideas for what kind of sculpture could honor Ray Bradbury?


Ramona Quimby—the protagonist of Beverly Cleary’s popular series of children’s novels—has a knack for getting into trouble, whether it’s dropping out of kindergarten, squeezing a tube of toothpaste down a sink, or cracking a hard-boiled egg on her head to show off (only to find her mom forgot to boil it). While her older sister Beezus calls her a “pest,” Ramona’s imaginative and lively nature is why readers still love her today, 64 years later.

Did you read the “Ramona” books growing up (or maybe to your kids now)? Here are 10 neat facts about Ramona herself.

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