By Robert Cormier
Seventeen-year-old Mike visits his grandmother's bedside and learns a relatives secret.
A divorced father discovers that merely love, no longer bribes, can hold his daughter "his" on Thursdays.
A younger white boy unearths that friendship--and betrayal--can go racial boundaries.
Robert Cormier is one among America's such a lot acclaimed writers for teens. listed below are 9 touching and very own tales, that verify that those accolades are deserved. each one tale incorporates a short advent that explains how the tale got here to be, or whatever in regards to the writing. probably no longer as darkish as a few of Cormier's novels, those stories nonetheless have his classically haunting topics, for you to be savored through readers of every age.
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The image of Perenelle zoomed in. He watched her stop and frown, the lines in her forehead deepening, and she looked around quickly, almost as if she knew that someone was watching her. He waved his hand and the liquid trembled, the image dissolving. Folding his arms across his thin chest, the man turned his face to the west, where Alcatraz was hidden in the gloom. It seemed as if everything he had heard about the woman was true: Perenelle was that most lethal of combinations, both beautiful and deadly.
I do not believe in bathing,” the man said in his clipped accent, the voice completely at odds with his appearance. “It damages the natural oils in the body. ” The small man moved from Josh to Sophie and looked her up and down. Josh noticed that his sister blinked hard and wrinkled her nose. Then she clamped her mouth tightly shut and stepped back. ” Josh said. ” He brushed dirt off the sword blade and took a step closer to his sister. —the Alchemyst. ” Sophie tried not to breathe in through her nose.
Wrapping both arms over the top of the steering wheel, he leaned forward and carefully took in his surroundings. Flamel had fallen asleep, and Sophie was lost in thoughts that occasionally turned her pupils silver. Josh pushed himself out of his seat and crouched on the floor behind the glass partition. ” Josh asked, nodding toward the car yard. ” Palamedes’ teeth flashed in the gloomy interior of the car. ” Josh looked around. The redbrick houses on either side of the narrow road were dilapidated beyond repair, and the whole area was shabby and run-down.
8 Plus 1 by Robert Cormier