Synopses & Reviews
Beginning with the publication of The Chocolate War
in 1974, and continuing throughout the entirety of his career, Robert Cormier dared to disturb the universe. The moment Jerry Renault refused to sell his first chocolate bar Robert Cormier began a life-long career that would push the boundaries of traditional young adult literature. He would go on to prove again and again that a YA novel could be both realistic and unflinchingly honest. And that fiction for teens could be great literature.
In this book YA librarian and Cormier biographer Patty Campbell explores each of Cormier's books for young readers. From the boundary breaking modern classic The Chocolate War and the award-winning I Am the Cheese, to the tender Frenchtown Summer and the shocking and disturbing Tenderness, Campbell's literary analysis illuminates why Robert Cormier has been called the single most important writer in young adult literature. And how his work has touched generations of young readers' hearts and minds, daring them again and again to disturb their own universe.
Explore Robert Cormier's writings for young adults.
Presents a literary analysis of Cormier's novels, which defied the constraints of traditional young adult literature, revealing how he has encouraged generations of young readers, through his writings, to disturb their own universe. Simultaneous.
About the Author
Patty Campbell has been a critic, author, teacher, and librarian in the field of young adult literature for over thirty years. Currently she writes "The Sand in the Oyster" for Horn Book magazine, a column on controversial issues in books for teens, and is a young adult editorial reviewer for Amazon.com online bookstore. She is the author of six books, has served on the Board of Directors of both the Young Adult Library Services Association of ALA and the Assembly on Adolescent Literature of the National Council of Teachers of English, and as the president of the latter organization in 2005. Campbell lives in California. The author lives in San Diego, CA.