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Robert Cormier Facts Criticism Robert Edmund Cormier also known by his pseudonym John Fitch IV was born on January 17 1925 in Leominster Massachusetts He was the second of eight children He attended Fitchburg State College and for 30 years he worked as a journalist for the local newspaper It wasnt until 1960 when he was in his late 40s that he published his first novel Now and at the Hour which was inspired by his own fathers death Ever since then Cormier has been publishing great novels such as I am the Cheese We all fall Down and The Chocolate War Cormier died at the age of 75 on November 2 2000 His last novel was The Rag and Bone Shop which was published in 2001 after his death One of Robert Cormiers top-selling novels is The Chocolate War His own son inspired this novel his son refused to participate in selling chocolates at his school The Chocolate War is about a boy named Jerry Renault who attends The Trinity an all-boy Catholic school Each year the school is to sell chocolates as a fund-raiser Accepted as an assignment from The Vigils the respectable high school gang Jerry refuses to sell the chocolates for ten days It appears that after the ten days are up Jerry still refuses to sell chocolates by his own will Jerry is more than a freshman he is a hero to many who stands up for what he believes in and many students start to realize this The book continues on and demonstrates how life doesnt always go as planned but you still shouldnt give up no matter what the case may be Many teenagers can relate to Cormiers The Chocolate War It talks about the true real hardships that teenagers experience everyday as a normal routine The storyline is easy to relate to and you can picture the characters and the events going through your head
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