Robert Cormier - Author

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Robert Cormier was a journalist and author, acclaimed for his young adult novels with their uncompromising examination of contemporary issues. His novels included the prize-winning The Chocolate War and I Am the Cheese. Robert Cormier lived all his life in Massachusetts, USA; he died in 2000 aged 75.

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The Chocolate War & Beyond the Chocolate War Bind-up

The Chocolate War & Beyond the Chocolate War Bind-up

Author: Robert Cormier Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2008

The head of Trinity College asks Archie Costello, the leader of The Vigils, a secret society that rules the school, to sell 20,000 boxes of chocolates in the annual fund-raising effort. Archie sees the chance of adding to his power but newcomer, Jerry Renault, refuses to sell them. Enormous mental and physical pressure is put on him but he will not give in - the result is an inevitable, explosive tragedy.The story continues in Beyond the Chocolate War. As the school year closes, many students look forward to leaving but Carter and Obie, leading members of The Vigils, can't contemplate the future until they have destroyed Archie Costello. Robert Cormier's hard-hitting novels make compulsive reading.

Heroes Hardcover educational edition

Heroes Hardcover educational edition

Author: Robert Cormier Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2007

When Francis Cassavant returns to his home town, his face horribly disfigured during World War II, he is tormented by memories of the conflict. People believe him to be a teenage war hero, not realising that his act of 'heroism' was in fact a suicide attempt. Back home, Francis has a mission to get revenge on the youth leader he idolised, but betrayed him. And he's prepared to do whatever it takes. What are the themes? Heroism, conflict, struggle against evil, guilt, forgiveness, loneliness, loyalty. Teaching points This short novel, with its gripping plot and engaging themes, is accessible to a wide range of abilities. Provides excellent opportunities for exploring structure and narrative viewpoint.

Chocolate War

Chocolate War

Author: Robert Cormier Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

One of the most controversial YA novels of all time,The Chocolate Waris a modern masterpiece that speaks to fans of S. E. Hinton'sThe Outsidersand John Knowles'sA Separate Peace. After suffering rejection from seven major publishers,The Chocolate Warmade its debut in 1974, and quickly became a bestsellingand provocativeclassic for young adults. This chilling portrait of an all-boys prep school casts an unflinching eye on the pitfalls of conformity and corruption in our most elite cultural institutions. ';Masterfully structured and rich in theme; the action is well crafted, well timed, suspenseful.'The New York Times Book Review ';[Frank] Muller's mesmerizing narration underlines Jerry's frustrations with sports, school, family, and life. He captures the tone and cadences of the male cast, from Jerry's growing disillusionment and Archie's sly intimidation to the chilling menace in Brother Leon's voiceln his foreword, Cormier admits he wrote this for adults, not knowing that writing for young adults was even a possibility. Yet it has become a controversial and often banned YA classic, rich in themesbullying, fitting in versus being true to oneself, dealing with peer pressurethat resonate as profoundly today as they did when this was published, in 1974.'Booklist, starred review ';The characterizations of all the boys are superb.'School Library Journal, starred review ';Compellingly immediate. . . . Readers will respect the uncompromising ending.'Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewAn ALA Best Book for Young AdultsASchool Library JournalBest Book of the YearAKirkus ReviewsEditor's ChoiceANew York TimesOutstanding Book of the Year

In The Middle Of The Night

In The Middle Of The Night

Author: Robert Cormier Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2002

Revenge for a tragedy, a fire twenty-five years ago which killed twenty-two children. Must Denny live forever with his father's fatal mistake? On Hallowe'en years ago, 16-year-old Denny's father was involved in a tragic accident that killed 22 children. And it seems one of those children can't forget. Denny wants to be like other kids his age, but he's not allowed to drive or answer the phone and his family moves so often he's always the new kid in school. Then there are the phone calls: every year, they wake Denny up in the middle of the night. And every year, Denny's father calmly answers. But this year it's different. It's been 25 years since the accident. When Denny defies his parents one afternoon and answers the phone, he finds himself drawn into a highly-charged relationship with the mystery caller, someone who haunts his days and nights and threatens a deadly revenge. In this chilling novel, which examines the consequences of a young man's rebellion against his father's past, Robert Cormier once again shows himself to be a master of suspense.

The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War

Author: Robert Cormier, Matt Jones, Matt Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2001

The bestselling controversial novel about corruption and misuse of power in an American boys' school. The headmaster of Trinity College asks Archie Costello, the leader of the Vigils, a secret society that rules the school, to help with the selling of 20,000 boxes of chocolates in the annual fund-raising effort. Archie sees the chance of adding to his power - he is the Assigner, handing out to the boys tasks to be performed if they are to survive in the school. Freshman, Jerry Renault, a newcomer to the corrupt regime, refuses to sell chocolates. Enormous mental and physical pressure is put on him but he will not give in - the result is an inevitable, explosive tragedy.

Heroes A Novel

Heroes A Novel

Author: Robert Cormier Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2000

Heroes

Heroes

Author: Robert Cormier, Matt Jones, Matt Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/1999

'What if I told him I am not the hero he thinks I am . . .?' Maimed and disfigured whilst fighting in the World War Two, young Francis Cassavant must hide both his face and his identity when he goes back home to Frenchtown. For his past holds a bitter secret, one which he has vowed to revenge and which he can resolve only through his final, desperate plan: to destroy the man who betrayed him as a boy. Left without a face or a future, but sustained by his deep sense of shame, Francis watches. He thinks of the gun in his duffel bag and waits, alone, for the return of another supposed hero. Praise for Robert Cormier: The Chocolate War 'This is a tour de force and tour de force of realism' - Times The Bumblebee Flies Away 'A novel you are unlikely to forget' - Times

I am the Cheese

I am the Cheese

Author: Robert Cormier Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/1998

Adam's father is in hospital and Adam has set off to visit him. It's a long, cold journey; as he travels along Adam gets tired and. To take his mind off his exhaustion, he traces the events that led up to his father being taken to hospital. He had testified against government level corruption and the family became the subject of a government-orchestrated protection plan. The journey is a kind of odyssey, a search - through the mysteries of the mind. Adam must unlock the past and really rememberit if he is to survive.

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

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

Author: Robert Cormier Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1994

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