Other books byRobert Cormier
The Chocolate War
Jerry Renault is just a freshman the all-boys Trinity School, but from his first football tryout, he’s tough enough to catch the attention of the Vigils, the most powerful clique at Trinity, and its leader Archie Costello. Jerry is a smart kid, who wants to make a difference, find his own way in the world. When the school’s annual chocolate sale/fund-raiser is announced, he doesn’t think his refusal to sell chocolates is going to be such a big deal, but it immediately divides the school. Some think Jerry’s stand is heroic, but Archie thinks that Jerry needs to be taught a lesson. Needs to be broken. And Archie knows just how to do it. This classic novel gives a shocking look at the traditions of high school and the psychological warfare of bullying. And the unspoken complicity that adults provide in order to maintain appearances. This unflinching depiction of a boys’ boarding school, The Chocolate War is considered by many to be the first true YA novel.
I Am the Cheese
Adam’s memory is very uncertain. The smell of lilacs. Biking to Monument. A big dog. Also, there’s something about his dad he cannot seem to remember . . . and whenever he starts to remember he gets terrible headaches. Brint seems to want to help Adam. Brint also wants to know what Adam remembers. . . . But who is Brint?
Beyond the Chocolate War
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 is troubled by his right-hand man, Obie, who has started to move away from the Virgils. Luckily Archie knows his stooges will fix that. But won't Archie be shocked when he discovers the surprise Obie has waiting for him? And there are surprises waiting for others. The time for revenge has come to those boys who secretly suffered the trials of Trinity. The fuse is set for the final explosion. Who will survive?
The Rag and Bone Shop
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 can happen when the pursuit of justice becomes a personal crusade for victory at any cost. From the Hardcover edition.