Some parents found Robert Cormier’s unsparing, sometimes brutal young adult novels “too shocking,” but his critics and readers alike loved them for their honesty, their integrity, and their refusal to sugar-coat or evade real issues for a young audience. Cormier was one of the first writers for young adults to introduce and discuss controversial subjects in his books.
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Also Known As:
John Fitch IV
Date of Birth:
January 17, 1925
Place of Birth:
Date of Death:
November 2, 2000
|Place of Death:
Fitchburg State College
New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year, 1974, 1977, 1979; American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, 1974
Robert Cormier's official web site
|The Battle That Began the War|
|According to The Guardian, The Chocolate War was inspired by a real-life incident. Cormier's teenage son refused to take part in the annual school fundraising sale as a matter of principle; the frightening consequences, however, were supplied by Cormier's imagination.|
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|I Am the Cheese|
Robert Cormier, Craig Virden (Editor)
Cormier's book about a boy being interrogated about a past that he can't remember, the author's second, became one of his classics. It also made him a dialing destination for teens, since he included his home phone number in the story line. Remarkably, Cormier never turned away a caller or changed his number.
|I Have Words to Spend: Confessions of a Small-Town Editor|
Cormier worked as a journalist while he wrote his books; his early novels for adults are no longer in print, but this collection of his newspaper columns about life is still available and shouldn't be missed by fans.
|Photo by James Patrick Langlands||