Search Results: "Robert Cormier"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Emblematic though they are, Cormier's characters have a vigor and authenticity surpassing creations of less accomplished authors of more realistic fiction. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1995

"The author goes easier on his characters (and readers) than in some of his books (Tunes for Bears to Dance To, 1992, etc.), but still poses an array of tough moral choices, offering neither clear answers nor a neat ending. (Fiction. 12+)"
Cormier again takes on The Big Themes—love and hate, death, sin, guilt and expiation—in this riveting tale of a son increasingly involved in his father's tragedy. Read full book review >

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WE ALL FALL DOWN by Robert Cormier
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The author expertly twists both plot and characters in this shocking study of the effects of random violence; as usual for Cormier, failure and defeat are deeply felt, while victories, at best, are costly and ambiguous. (Fiction. YA)"
Again, the inimitable Cormier luridly explores the fouler corners of our spiritual attics. Read full book review >

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I AM THE CHEESE by Robert Cormier
Released: May 1, 1977

"The denouement seals the accelerating dread, with recollections of gentle domesticity and even some high school humor adding a mite more candle power to light this bike-ride through a twilight zone."
A competent, free-form little chiller that pedals you into the implausible before you can say "Cheese it! the Mafia!"—a Mafia whose sinister masterminds, along with the CIA, can fracture a young boy's life. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"A provocative look at the meaning of belief."
By the author of The Chocolate War (1974) and other YA fiction renowned for its fiercely astringent posing of tough questions, a gentler story for younger children, depicting a lonely 11-year-old's qualms and wonderment concerning her neighbors' Catholicism. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE FIRST DEATH by Robert Cormier
Released: April 1, 1979

"Cormier does not so much refuse to mourn as refuse to compromise—which his merciless choice of victims and his tight-lipped projection of the Army side makes smashingly clear."
A tough, double-barreled thriller which immerses readers, alternately, in the unexplained torment of young Ben Marchand and his father, who await each other in a prep school dorm, and in the tension aboard a hijacked school bus diverted to a rickety unused bridge. Read full book review >

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THE CHOCOLATE WAR by Robert Cormier
Released: March 12, 1974

"Mature young readers will respect the uncompromising ending that dares disturb the upbeat universe of juvenile books."
Vicious and violent mob cruelty in a boy's prep school is not a new theme but Cormier makes it compellingly immediate in this novel of Trinity High, a boys' day school with the close, concentrated, self-contained atmosphere of a boarding school, temporarily headed by the venomous, manipulating Brother Leon and unofficially run by power-obsessed senior Archie Costello, the ingeniously audacious "assigner" for a secret organization called the Vigils. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 25, 1963

"Spiritual soap opera."
Featured here is a woman's anguish and quiet desperation. Read full book review >

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THE RAG AND BONE SHOP by Robert Cormier
FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Chilling. (Fiction. YA)"
The late Cormier's final work is a tense thriller exploring how confession affects those who give it and those who get it. Read full book review >

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HEROES by Robert Cormier
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"More a deliberately constructed intellectual exercise on the ambiguities of heroism than a story with flesh and blood characters—and, surprising for this author, spelled out as such—this will disappoint readers hoping for another Tenderness. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Cormier (Tenderness, 1997, etc.) again poses a set of chewy moral dilemmas, but he develops them within a sketchy plot more suited to the short-story form. Read full book review >

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THE BUMBLEBEE FLIES ANYWAY by Robert Cormier
Released: Sept. 15, 1983

"All in all the novel hasn't the consuming, focused tension of previous Cormier YAs, but that is not to deny its crisp, sure craftsmanship, suggestive applications, and holding power."
"The bumblebee flies anyway"—and so too the life-sized model car, which Barney finds and dismantles in a nearby junkyard to reassemble in the attic, will ride. . . straight off the roof of The Complex, the institution where terminally ill teens are receiving experimental treatment. Read full book review >