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I Am the Cheese (Laurel-Leaf Library)by Robert Cormier
Part mystery and part drama, this young adult classic from the righteous '70s (it was published right after Jimmy Carter took office) is weird, thrilling, surprising, provocative, and sophisticated. But the bicycling scenes are my favorite — long before fancy gears and panniers, our hero Adam treks across New England on a journey to save his life, measuring miles by junk food.
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In this complicated, chilling novel of the savagery of modern society, Adam mentally relives his past while facing the interrogation and trauma of his present life as a guest of the government.
"A horrifying tale of government corruption, espionage, and counter espionage told by an innocent young victim...the buildup of suspense is terrific." School Library Journal
A boy's search for his father becomes a desperate journey to unlock a secret past. But it is a past that must not be remembered...if he is to survive.
About the Author
Robert Cormier (1925-2000) changed the face of young adult literature over the course of his illustrious career. His many books include The Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese, Fade, Tenderness, After the First Death, Heroes, Frenchtown Summer, and The Rag and Bone Shop. In 1991 he received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring his lifetime contribution to writing for teens.
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