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Eight Plus One free pdf 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 Robert Cormier, one of the most gifted writers of young adult fiction today- stories that are warm, touching, and intensely personal--to be savored by readers of all ages.

About Robert Cormier

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. His wife, Connie, also from Leominster, still lives in the house where they raised their three daughters and one son all adults now. They never saw a reason to leave. There are lots of untold stories right here on Main Street, Cormier once said. A newspaper reporter and columnist for 30 years (working for the "Worcester Telegram "and "Gazette "and the "Fitchburg Sentinel"), Cormier was often inspired by news stories. What makes his works unique is his ability to make evil behavior understandable, though, of course, still evil. I m very much interested in intimidation, he told an interviewer from "School Library Journal." And the way people manipulate other people. And the obvious abuse of authority. All of these themes are evident in his young adult classic and best-known book, "The Chocolate War." A 15-year-old fan of his said, You always write from inside the person. Cormier traveled the world, from Australia (where he felt particularly thrilled by putting his hand in the Indian Ocean) and New Zealand to most of the countries in Europe, speaking at schools, colleges, and universities and to teacher and librarian associations. He visited nearly every state in the nation. While Cormier loved to travel, he said many times that he also loved returning to his home in Leominster. Cormier was a practicing Catholic and attended parochial school, where in seventh grade, one of his teachers discovered his ability to write. But he said he had always wanted to be a writer: I can t remember a time when I wasn t trying to get something down on paper. His first poems were published in the "Leominster Daily Enterprise, " and his first professional publication occurred while he was a freshman at Fitchburg State College. His professor, Florence Conlon, sent his short story, without his knowledge, to "The Sign, " a national Catholic magazine. The story, titled The Little Things That Count, sold for $75. Cormier s first work as a writer was at radio station WTAG in Worcester, MA, where he wrote scripts and commercials from 1946 to 1948. In 1948, he began his award-winning career as a newspaperman with the "Worcester Telegram, "first in its Leominster office and later in its Fitchburg office. He wrote a weekly human-interest column, A Story from the Country, for that newspaper. In 1955, Cormier joined the staff of the "Fitchburg Sentinel, " which later became the "Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel and Enterprise, " as the city hall and political reporter. He later served as wire and associate editor and wrote a popular twice-weekly column under the pseudonym John Fitch IV. The column received the national K.R. Thomason Award in 1974 as the best human-interest column written that year. That same year, he was honored by the New England Associated Press Association for having written the best news story under pressure of deadline. He left newspaper work in 1978 to devote all his time to writing. Robert Cormier s first novel, "Now and at the Hour, "was published in 1960. Inspired by his father s death, the novel drew critical acclaim and was featured by "Time "magazine for five weeks on its Recommended Reading list. It was followed in 1963 by "A Little Raw on Monday Mornings "and in 1965 by "Take Me Where the Good Times Are, "also critically acclaimed. The author was hailed by the "Newark Advocate" as being in the first rank of American Catholic novelists. In 1974, Cormier published "The Chocolate War, "the novel that is still a bestseller a quarter century after its publication. Instantly acclaimed, it was also the object of censorship attempts because of its uncompromising realism. In a front-page review in a special children s issue of "The New York Times Book Review, " it was described as masterfully structured and rich in theme, and it went on to win countless awards and honors, was taught in schools and colleges throughout the world, and was translated into more than a dozen languages. "I Am the Cheese "followed in 1977 and "After the First Death" in 1979. These three books established Cormier as a master of the young adult novel. In 1991, the Young Adult Services Division of the American Library Association presented him with the Margaret A. Edwards Award, citing the trio of books as brilliantly crafted and troubling novels that have achieved the status of classics in young adult literature. In 1982, Cormier was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English and its Adolescent Literature Assembly (ALAN) for his significant contribution to the field of adolescent literature and for his innovative creativity. "8 Plus 1, " an anthology of short stories that have appeared in such publications as the "Saturday Evening Post, The Sign, "and "Redbook, " was published in 1980. In later years, many of the stories in the collection, notably The Moustache, President Cleveland, Where Are You? and Mine on Thursdays, appeared in anthologies and school textbooks. The collection also received the World of Reading Readers Choice Award, sponsored by Silver Burdett

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Author : Robert Cormier
Publisher : Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Data Published : 01 June 2002
ISBN : 0440208386
EAN : 9780440208389
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 208 pages
Age + : 5-9 years
Language : English
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