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by Robert Cormier

Seventeen-year-old Mike visits his grandmother's bedside and learns a family secret. A divorced father discovers that only love, not bribes, can keep his daughter "his" on Thursdays. A young white boy finds that friendship--and betrayal--can cross racial boundaries. Robert Cormier is one of America's most acclaimed writers for young adults. Here are nine touching and intensely personal stories, that confirm that these accolades are deserved. Each story features a brief introduction that explains how the story came to be, or something about the writing. Perhaps not as dark as some of Cormier's novels, these tales still have his classically haunting themes, which will be savored by readers of all ages.

After the First Death

by Robert Cormier

Sixteen-year-old Miro had instructions to kill the bus driver immediately. They would then take the busload of children to the bridge and begin the standoff. Artkin was Miro's mentor; the mastermind behind this act of terrorism that would get the world's attention. But Artkin had told Miro that the bus driver would be an old man. Sixteen-year old Kate sometimes substituted for her uncle and drove his bus when he was ill. She even got a special license to do so, and she'd always liked kids. She wondered what was going on when the van in front of her stopped, but when the man and the boy with guns forced their way onto the bus, she knew her worst nightmare was beginning.

After the First Death

by Robert Cormier Craig Virden

Who will be the next to die? They've taken the children. And the son of a general. But that isn't enough. More horrors must come...

Beyond the Chocolate War

by Robert Cormier

The school year is almost at an end, and the chocolate sale is past history. But no one at Trinity School can forget The Chocolate War. Devious Archie Costello, commander of the secret school organization called the Virgils, still has some torturous assignments to hand out before he graduates. In spite of this pleasure, Archie is troubled by his right-hand man, Obie, who has started to move away from the Virgils. Luckily Archie knows his stooges will fix that. But won't Archie be shocked when he discovers the surprise Obie has waiting for him? And there are surprises waiting for others. The time for revenge has come to those boys who secretly suffered the trials of Trinity. The fuse is set for the final explosion. Who will survive?

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway

by Robert Cormier

Sixteen-year-old Barney has only fleeting memories about his past but, as a voluntary patient at the institute for experimental medicine, he knows he is different from the terminally ill patients surrounding him.

The Chocolate War

by Robert Cormier

Award winning novel for young adults.The story of Jerry Renault, a New England high school student and his personal battle with Archie Costello.

Crossroads: Classic Themes in Young Adult Literature

by Robert Cormier

A compilation of stories and poems from all types of writing for young adults.

Fade

by Robert Cormier

IT IS THE summer of 1938 when young Paul Moreaux discovers he can "fade." First bewildered, then thrilled with the power of invisibility, Paul experiments. But his "gift" soon shows him shocking secrets and drives him toward a chilling act."Imagine what might happen if Holden Caufield stepped into H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man, and you'll have an idea how good Fade is. . . . I was absolutely riveted."--Stephen KingFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Frenchtown Summer

by Robert Cormier

Eugene is remembering the summer of 1938 in Frenchtown, a time when he began to wonder "what I was doing here on the planet Earth." Here in vibrant, exquisite detail are his lovely mother, his aunts and uncles, cousins and friends, and especially his beloved, enigmatic father. Here, too, is the world of a mill town: the boys swimming in a brook that is red or purple or green, depending on the dyes dumped that day by the comb shop; the visit of the ice man; and the boys' trips to the cemetery or the forbidden railroad tracks. And here also is a darker world-the mystery of a girl murdered years before. Robert Cormier's touching, funny, melancholy chronicle of a vanished world celebrates a son's connection to his father and human relationships that are timeless.

Heroes

by Robert Cormier

In Heroes, Robert Cormier explores the nature of heroism through a young and tragic life.Francis Cassavant returns from World War II to seek revenge on his childhood hero. He lost his face in France when he fell on a grenade, earning the Silver Star for Bravery. His hero also holds the Silver Star for Bravery--but do either deserve it? Examine the nature of heroism in the latest powerful novel from Robert Cormier.From the Hardcover edition.

I am the Cheese

by Robert Cormier

Adam Farmer tries to establish who he is but stumbles upon the past, present and future, which is horrifying. It is the embellished description of identity crisis found among the teens.

I Have Words to Spend: Reflections of a Small-Town Editor

by Robert Cormier

A collection of 85 essays by award-winning author Robert Cormier originally written as newspaper columns when he was a journalist. It includes commentary about people, nature, music, and movies.

In the Middle of the Night

by Robert Cormier

On Halloween, eight years before Denny Colbert was born, his father was involved in a tragic accident that killed twenty-two children. And one of those children can't forget. Sixteen-year-old Denny just wants to be like other kids his age. But he isn't allowed to have a driver's license or answer the telephone, and his family moves so often that he's always the new kid in school. Now it's been twenty-five years since the accident, and When Denny defies his parents one afternoon and answers the telephone, he finds himself drawn into a provocative, and potentially deadly, relationship with the mystery caller--someone called Lulu. What happens when a son attempts to free himself from his father's past? Will he find freedom or death?

Other Bells for Us to Ring

by Robert Cormier

[From the front flap:] "At eleven, Darcy has never had a best friend, but this summer she's met the unsinkable Kathleen Mary O'Hara, who, like Darcy, is an outsider in Frenchtown. Darcy has never lived for long in any one place, but it's wartime and her father is in the army somewhere in Europe. Because her own family is Unitarian, Darcy is spellbound by Kathleen Mary's vivid tales about Catholicism. But after that careless baptism, she's stunned. A bit of holy water can't make you a Catholic, or can it? Was Kathleen Mary joking? Must she now go to church every Sunday? Can she eat meat on Friday? Then Kathleen Marry and her family disappear from Frenchtown, and Darcy waits in vain for word from her friend who promised she'd never leave her. Soon after, Darcy learns that her father is missing in action. Desperate and forlorn, Darcy seeks out an old nun known for her spiritual wisdom. Religion is about love, the nun tells her, and about miracles. It's Christmas now, but Darcy remains unsure about the power of God's love until she gets a message from Kathleen Mary--in the form of a miracle. Robert Cormier's first book for children is a touching and profound portrayal of Darcy's curiosity--and doubt--about faith that will appeal to all those who struggle to make sense of a bewildering world." Readers will sympathize with the feelings of eleven-year-olds and learn about life and situations of families whose loved ones served in the armed forces during World War II. Practices of Catholicism and Unitarianism are seen simply through the eyes of children and the point made that there are many ways to God which, no matter what the religion, involve faith and love.

The Rag and Bone Shop

by Robert Cormier

Amazon.com Review This final novel from the grand master of young-adult fiction is one last jewel in the literary crown of Robert Cormier, who died in November 2000. In it he continues to explore the themes that are so characteristic of his work: guilt and forgiveness, misuse of authority, and the corruption of innocence. But a new book from Cormier is always a surprise, and here he gives us a brilliant evocation of the detective story, in a narrative that centers on the interrogation of a murder suspect. A 7-year-old girl has been battered to death, and there are no suspects, no leads. The police, under political pressure to make an arrest, bring in Trent, a cold, ambitious professional interrogator who prides himself on his ability to extract confessions. His victim is 12-year-old Jason--the last person to see the girl. We know that Jason is innocent, and halfway through the interrogation Trent realizes it, too, in "a blazing moment." But like a medieval torturer, his goal is confession, not truth, and so he stifles his impulses for good and proceeds with the job, with deeply ironic consequences. The interrogation itself, which forms the centerpiece of the novel, is dazzling in its elegant thrust-and-parry, its subtle twists and turns, as Jason frantically tries to escape, like a mouse caged with a python. The point of view snaps back and forth so that we are intensely aware of the shifting emotions of both participants in the deadly game. And once again, Cormier has given us an ending that seems provocative and uncomfortable--until we remember that the center of his moral universe was always summed up by the words "if only." (Ages 12 and older)

Take Me Where the Good Times Are

by Robert Cormier

A resident of a poorhouse brags that some day he'll return to his old town, get a job, and meet up with his old friends. Suddenly he gets a chance to do just that.

Tenderness

by Robert Cormier

Lori Cranston is looking for someone who will be tender with her. She has run away from home, fleeing another of her mother's boyfriends. When she sees Eric Poole being released from custody on TV, she remembers their strange meeting years ago. How kind he was-gallant, in fact. Now she is fixated on him. Maybe he will quiet her longing. Lori is sure wonderful things are waiting for her. Eric Poole is looking for someone to be tender with. He has paid his debt to society. The media will follow him at first, but they'll lose interest. He'll have to elude the lieutenant, who knows what happened to the two girls. It's a good thing Eric was more clever with the third. Eric is sure no one can stop him from again finding tenderness with his girls. When Lori and Eric come together, they begin a riveting journey that will either save or destroy them.

Tunes for Bears to Dance to

by Robert Cormier

A masterful portrayal of hatred, prejudice and manipulation that challenges readers to examine how they would behave in the face of evil. Henry meets and befriends Mr. Levine, an elderly Holocaust survivor, who is carving a replica of the village where he lived and which was destroyed in the war. Henry's friendship with Mr. Levine is put to the test when his prejudiced boss, Mr. Hairston, asks Henry to destroy Mr. Levine's village. "[The book] will make fascinating material for group discussion".-- School Library Journal"

We All Fall Down

by Robert Cormier

They entered the house at 9:02 P.M. and trashed their way through the Cape Cod cottage. At 9:46 P.M. Karen Jerome made the mistake of arriving home early. Thrown down the basement stairs, Karen slips into a coma. The trashers slip away.But The Avenger has seen it all.From the Paperback edition.

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