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John Anthony Bellairs (January 17, 1938 – March 8, 1991) was an American author, best known for his fantasy novel The Face in the Frost and many gothic mystery novels for young adults featuring the characters Lewis Barnavelt , Anthony Monday , and Johnny Dixon .

After earning degrees at University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago , Bellairs taught English at various midwestern and New England colleges for several years before turning full-time to writing in 1971. He maintained a lifelong interest in archaeology , architecture , kitschy antiques, bad poetry, traveling to the UK, and studying history and Latin . His favorite authors included Charles Dickens , Henry James , C.V. Wedgwood , and Garrett Mattingly , as well as M.R. James , from whose ghost stories he occasionally borrowed elements to work into his own fiction.

The Pedant and the Shuffly , his second book, was a short illustrated fable that detailed the chaotic encounter of the two title characters and logic . It was originally published in 1968 and rereleased in 2001 and 2009. [ citation needed ]

"The professor rowed, and the little boat nosed in and out past the tall, gloomy pillars. The torch that Fergie held went on flickering, and they steered in the direction of the draft. Soon the professor's cheerful humming died, and every now and then he put down the oars and held a wet finger up in the air to see if he could tell where the draft was coming from. Then he would pick up the oars and row grimly on. Johnny noticed that Fergie's torch was burning straight up -- it wasn't wavering at all.

"Professor?" he asked in a tiny faltering voice. "How . . how come the draft isn't blowing anymore?"

"I don't know," muttered the professor through clenched teeth. "There is something very odd going on in this place, but I don't know what. ."

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John Anthony Bellairs (January 17, 1938 – March 8, 1991) was an American author, best known for his fantasy novel The Face in the Frost and many gothic mystery novels for young adults featuring the characters Lewis Barnavelt , Anthony Monday , and Johnny Dixon .

After earning degrees at University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago , Bellairs taught English at various midwestern and New England colleges for several years before turning full-time to writing in 1971. He maintained a lifelong interest in archaeology , architecture , kitschy antiques, bad poetry, traveling to the UK, and studying history and Latin . His favorite authors included Charles Dickens , Henry James , C.V. Wedgwood , and Garrett Mattingly , as well as M.R. James , from whose ghost stories he occasionally borrowed elements to work into his own fiction.

The Pedant and the Shuffly , his second book, was a short illustrated fable that detailed the chaotic encounter of the two title characters and logic . It was originally published in 1968 and rereleased in 2001 and 2009. [ citation needed ]

THE TROLLEY TO YESTERDAY by John Bellairs | Kirkus Reviews


The Trolley to Yesterday (Johnny Dixon): John Bellairs.

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