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Robert Cormier

“I can’t remember a time, really, when I haven’t been a writer. . . . Reading and writing were the two great escapes of my life and I suppose they still are.”—Robert Cormier

Robert Cormier is a Margaret A. Edwards Award winner, and his books repeatedly appear on the best books lists of the American Library Association, The New York Times, and School Library Journal.


Robert Cormier (pronounced kor-MEER) lived all his life in Leominster, Massachusetts, a small town in the north-central part of the state, where he grew up as part of a close, warm community of French Canadian immigrants... Read More

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After the First Death
Written by Robert Cormier
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | February 1991
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-20835-8 (0-440-20835-1)

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... Read more

Beyond the Chocolate War
Written by Robert Cormier
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | August 1986
$6.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-90580-6 (0-440-90580-X)

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 organizationcalled the Virgils, stall has some torturous assignments to hand out before he graduates.  In spite of this pleasure, Archie... Read more

The Chocolate War
Written by Robert Cormier
Ember | Trade Paperback | September 2004
$9.99/13.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-82987-1 (0-375-82987-3)

One of the most controversial YA novels of all time, The Chocolate War is a modern masterpiece that speaks to fans of S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and John Knowles’s A Separate Peace.
After suffering rejection from seven major publishers, The Chocolate War made its debut in 1974, and quickly... Read more

The Chocolate War
Written by Robert Cormier
Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | March 1974
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-82805-3 (0-394-82805-4)

Reissued now in hardcover with a new introduction by the author, Cormier's chilling look at the insidious world of gang intimidation and the abuse of power in a boys' boarding school is no less relevant today than it was in 1974. Read more

Written by Robert Cormier
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | March 1991
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-20838-9 (0-440-20838-6)

Meet seventeen-year-old Mike, who visits his grandmother's bedside and learns a family secret.

A divorced father who discovers only love, not bribes, can keep his daughter 'his' on Thursdays.

And Jerry, a young boy desperately looking for the missing Grover Cleveland card to complete his set of president cards.

Here are nine stories by... Read more

Written by Robert Cormier
Delacorte Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | September 2004
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-385-73134-8 (0-385-73134-5)

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’... Read more

Written by Robert Cormier
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | February 2000
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-22769-4 (0-440-22769-0)

Francis Joseph Cassavant is eighteen. He has just returned home from the Second World War, and he has no face. He does have a gun and a mission: to murder his childhood hero.

Francis lost most of his face when he fell on a grenade in France. He received the Silver Star... Read more

I Am the Cheese
Written by Robert Cormier
Ember | Trade Paperback | September 2007
$9.99/12.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-84039-5 (0-375-84039-7)

Before there was Lois Lowry’s The Giver or M. T. Anderson’s Feed, there was Robert Cormier’s I Am the Cheese, a subversive classic that broke new ground for YA literature.
A boy’s search for his father becomes a desperate journey to unlock a secret past. But the past must not... Read more

I Have Words to Spend
Written by Robert Cormier
Delacorte Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | January 1994
$12.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-31204-2 (0-385-31204-0)

In the tradition of those by William Allen White and Russell Baker, Robert Cormier’s essays, originally written as newspaper columns, offering touching, humorous, and intensely personal observations and anecdotes about small-town life in America. Cormier explores those things that interest and excite him—from current events to the movies—as well as things... Read more

In the Middle of the Night
Written by Robert Cormier
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | August 1997
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-22686-4 (0-440-22686-4)

Eight years before Denny Colbert was born, his father was involved in a tragic accident that killed 22 children. Now Denny is 16, and all he wants is to be like other kids his age. But he isn't allowed to answer the telephone or have a driver's license, and his family... Read more

The Rag and Bone Shop
Written by Robert Cormier
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | May 2003
$6.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-22971-1 (0-440-22971-5)

Twelve-year old Jason is accused of the brutal murder of a young girl. Is he innocent or guilty? The shocked town calls on an interrogator with a stellar reputation: he always gets a confession. The confrontation between Jason and his interrogator forms the chilling climax of this terrifying look at what... Read more

Written by Robert Cormier
Ember | Trade Paperback | September 2004
$8.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-385-73133-1 (0-385-73133-7)

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD ERIC HAS just been released from juvenile detention for murdering his mother and stepfather. Now he’s looking for some tenderness—tenderness he finds in caressing and killing beautiful girls. Fifteen-year-old Lori has run away from home again. Emotionally naive but sexually precocious, she is also looking for tenderness—tenderness she finds in... Read more

Tunes for Bears to Dance To
Written by Robert Cormier
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | April 1994
$5.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-21903-3 (0-440-21903-5)

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... Read more

We All Fall Down
Written by Robert Cormier
Laurel Leaf | Paperback | August 1993
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-440-21556-1 (0-440-21556-0)

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. Read more