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I Am the Cheese, Cormier's second young adult novel, published in 1977, is an effective psychological thriller based on the U.S. Witness Relocation Program.
In 1985 Cormier published a sequel to The Chocolate War. Beyond The Chocolate War includes most of the original characters. An important new character is Ray Bannister, a magician who uses a guillotine as part of his act.
Fade (1988), one of Cormier's bleakest and most graphic novels, is a supernatural story about a New England family's ability to become physically invisible.
Tenderness (1997) is a novel which demonstrates that Cormier, in his seventies, has lost none of his power to shock. The novel describes a teenage girl's fixation with a young psychopathic killer.
The End of the Affair (1951) by Graham Greene is Cormier's favorite book, by his favorite author.
Calling Home (1991) by Michael Cadnum, about how a teen's guilt over causing the death of his friend leads him into alcoholism. A reviewer in The Horn Book Magazine has said of Cadnum's work: "Not since Robert Cormier has such a major talent emerged in adolescent literature."