I just found out Bob read George Orwell (by choice) when he was in grade school. Sixth grade. Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, both.
That explains a lot.
I asked him, “What do you remember about reading Nineteen Eighty-Four?”
He said, “I remember thinking how scary it was that our government was beginning to go in the direction that the book went.”
Hrmm. When I was in sixth grade, I don’t recall knowing (or caring) enough about our government to have any sort of opinion on it one way or another that didn’t belong to my parents.