Like all of Cormier's novels, Fade is set in fictional Monument, Massachusetts, a composite of two real Massachusetts towns,...

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Literary Qualities

Cormier has always been highly praised for the literary quality and style of his novels. The fast pace and suspense make them difficult for...

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Social Sensitivity

This author is acutely aware of the problems of teenagers, especially boys. For this reason he frequently depicts young boys coming to...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Campbell, Patricia J. Presenting Robert Cormier. Boston: Twayne, 1985.

Coats, Karen. “Abjection and Adolescent Fiction.” JPCS: Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society 5 (Fall, 2000): 290-300.

Gallo, Donald R. “Reality and Responsibility: The Continuing Controversy over Robert Cormier’s Books for Young Adults.” In The VOYA Reader. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1990.

Hyde, Margaret O. Robert Cormier. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2005.

Ishandert, Sylvia Patterson. “Readers, Realism, and Robert Cormier.” Children’s...

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Topics for Discussion

1. Discuss the characteristics of the fade, such as what happens to a character going into the fade, what can be seen or smelled when in the...

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Is Paul Moreaux just a fictional character with some characteristics similar to those of Paul Roget, or is he an autobiographical persona...

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Related Titles / Adaptations

All of Cormier's books for young adults (except his short-story collection) end pessimistically, a logical outcome of the situations in which...

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For Further Reference

Campbell, Patricia J. Presenting Robert Cormier. Boston: Hall, 1989 (updated edition). First book-length study of Cormier's work,...

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