I am the Cheese- Robert Cormier

This novel is sometimes credited as the first YA novel.   It is a mystery type story written in a multi-genre format.  The narrative part of this story engaged me quickly, however the “transcripts” that were interspersed lost me.  I think that students could get into this book because it makes you want to figure out what is happening.  I think this would be a good book for 9th or 10th graders that are reading at or slightly above grade level due to the complexity of the novel.  This can be used as a class or individual read.

Margaret A Edwards Award 1991


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