Robert Cormier has been termed ‘the founding father of [young adult] dark realism’,1 ‘the single most important writer in the whole history of young adult literature’,2 and ‘in the top ten writers who are essential reading for an understanding of the development of children’s literature in the twentieth century’.3 Translated into over a dozen languages,4 Cormier’s novels are popular, influential, critically acclaimed, and controversial. Characterised by cinematic style, clear diction, and innovative narrative techniques, his texts feature adolescent protagonists who are pitted mercilessly against corrupt power structures or manipulated by iniquitous individuals. Infused with crime, violence, betrayal, fear, failure, psychological coercion and alienation, his work depicts the loss or corruption of innocence, elicits moral questioning, and features pessimistic or open endings.
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