Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers is releasing e-book versions of a dozen young adult novels by Robert Cormier, who died in 2000 and was known for his unflinching portrayal of adolescence. “I take real people and put them in extraordinary situations,” he said in an interview with School Library Journal. “I'm very interested in intimidation. And the way people manipulate other people, [as well as] the obvious abuse of authority.” Cormier received several awards for his writing, including the 1991 Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors an author’s lasting contribution to young adult literature. His work also attracted controversy, with The Chocolate War at number three on the ALA’s Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 list. It and the other 11 e-books – I Am the Cheese, After the First Death, 8 Plus 1, The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, Beyond the Chocolate War, Fade, We All Fall Down, Tunes for Bears to Dance To, In the Middle of the Night, Tenderness, and Heroes – retail for $7.99 and are available today.
To read a PW tribute to Cormier, click here.