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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Notable Novelists

How many famous 20th Century novelists can you name? Before playing Notable Novelists I only knew about 3 or 4 off the top of my head. Now I know quite a few, as well as a little information about each one. We have had a great time reading about 20th Century Novelists while playing a fun, easy to learn card game.


  • Notable Novelists – A Card Game for Book Lovers
  • Available from
  • $10.95
  • Ages 12 and up
  • 2 or more players

Gina Manola, Nick Rudd & Townes Durbin have created a fun game that celebrates some of the most famous authors of the 20th  Century. Many of the authors are Pulitzer, Nobel and National Book Critics Circle Award Winners. Eighteen novelists are included in the game such as Willa Cather, William Faulkner, and D.H. Lawrence.

The object of the game is to collect the most Literary Sets. A Literary Set includes: An Author card, Library Card, Bio Card. The author card offers a picture of the author along with birth/death date. The Library Card names three of the works from the author. The Bio card gives a piece of biographical information about the author.

The game is simple to learn. Each player is dealt four cards, then the idea is to collect the cards needed to complete a literary set by requesting a card from another player or drawing one from the draw pile. My kids quickly realized this was a little like “go fish”. So we had a little fun with it and when a card was requested from someone and the answer was to draw we would say, “Go search the library!”

The game is designed for ages 12 and up but in our family, everybody learned to play. So Rebekah 9, Ben 10, Sarah 15, and mom all had a great time learning the names of famous authors. Rebekah needed some help reading the names to begin with, but she picked it up quickly. We used this game frequently between school subjects as well as an evening family game. Photobucket

Other Schoolhouse Review Crew members reviewed both the Notable Novelists game as well as Playplay games. Visit the Crew Blog to read what they had to say about how they used these games.

Disclaimer:  As an Independent contractor for The Old Schoolhouse and member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I received a Notable Novelists card game for free from  in exchange for my honest review of their product.  All opinions given are mine and/or my children’s

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