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Robert Cormier: Banned, Challenged, and Censored
Robert Cormier was one of the most widely respected authors of young adult fiction. His books have been acclaimed by critics and loved by readers. However, his realistic worldview and mature themes and language have made him a target of those who do not believe young people should be exposed to such books in school. Author Wendy Hart Beckman discusses Cormiers life and tim ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Enslow Publishers
(first published April 2008)
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Recommended for upper middle school, high school and adult. This is not just a biography of Robert Cormier, but also a history of censorship and book challenges. The first three chapters discuss censorship, book banning, and different groups involved in censorship and freedom of speech. The fourth chapter is about Cormier's life, and the next three discuss specific books and their challenges and awards. The final three chapters discuss responding to challenges, educational uses of Cormier's book ...more
OK, I'm prejudiced. I learned while writing this book that even Cormier's harshest critics of his writing respected and admired the man as a person. He was sincere, witty and conscientious. It was a pleasure getting to know him and his family through his works.
Wendy Beckman is the author of nine books (five YA nonfiction and four adult nonfiction): Artists and Writers of the Harlem Renaissance; National Parks in Crisis: Debating the Issues; Communication Tools Made Easy; Dating, Relationships, and Sexuality: What Teens Should Know; Robert Cormier: Banned, Challenged, and Censored; Harlem Renaissance Artists and Writers; Founders and Famous Families of C ...more
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