Robert Cormier (Who Wrote That?) by Margaret O Hyde

By Margaret O Hyde

This sequence introduces readers to renowned authors whose paintings they have most likely already learn. Readers will examine why those writers felt pressured to jot down for kids. Cormier's award-winning paintings as a newspaper reporter encouraged his novels The Chocolate struggle & i'm the Cheese, largely learn by way of teenagers. Years 7-12. a while 12+.

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Peter took the chocolates back to school, gave them and the letter to the headmaster, and that was the end of the story. Before Robert Cormier knew the real ending of the story, however, he wondered what would happen when his son returned the chocolates. What if the other students gave him a hard time? Would the headmaster of the school hold it against him? ” was a typical way of thinking for Robert Cormier. His “what if ” was the basis for many of his nov- 33 34 ROBERT CORMIER els. In this case, it was the beginning of The Chocolate War, in which a main character, Jerry Renault, refuses to sell chocolates for the fundraiser.

OTHER BELLS FOR US TO RING, published in 1990, is a different book from the dark novels that preceded it, although it is a sad story. It was written for a somewhat younger audience than the earlier books. Other Bells for Us to Ring is a novel about a young girl, Darcy, growing up during World War II. Darcy feels isolated when her father is transferred to an army camp in Massachusetts in Monument, the same town in which most of Cormier’s other novels take place. She doesn’t know anyone her age, but she soon makes friends 61 62 ROBERT CORMIER with a vivacious girl, Kathleen Mary O’Hara, who exposes Darcy to the Catholic faith.

Suddenly, he thought of the boy as part of the witness protection program. He had an idea for a plot in which the leading character is a boy who suffers from the fear of being followed. In the book the boy on the bicycle is Adam Farmer, pedaling his old-fashioned bike mile after mile, trying to reach his father. Adam knows his own name, but that is about all he knows about himself. Who is he? Where was the rest of his life? In this book about Adam’s search for identity, Cormier keeps the suspense alive through brilliant craftsmanship.

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