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8 Plus 1 [School & Library Binding]

Robert Cormier
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Oct 1999
Meet seventeen-year-old Mike, who visits his grandmother's bedside and learns a family secret.



A divorced father who discovers only love, not bribes, can keep his daughter 'his' on Thursdays.



And Jerry, a young boy desperately looking for the missing Grover Cleveland card to complete his set of president cards.



Here are nine stories by Robert Cormier, one of the most gifted writers of young adult fiction today; stories that are warm, touching, and intensely personal--to be savored by readers of all ages.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Product details

  • School & Library Binding: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088103018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881030181
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,159,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bitter-sweet read 28 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a book that is always well-received by the pupils I teach. It explores relevant issues but doesn't talk at the reader. Instead, we are invited to experience the joys and sorrows of all the characters as they tell us their stories. It isn't as bleak as some of Cormier's others works but there are melancholy undertones in many of the short tales. My pupils love this book as I did too when I discovered it as a bored teenager (or thereabouts). It's a book I can keep going back to and from which I get something 'new'each time . I think there's a little bit of Mike, Holly, Jane and Mr Croft in all of us.
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Robert Cormier is best known for his starkly realistic and uncompromising novels about the darker side of life. In "8 Plus 1" we see a gentler Cormier, although some of the stories do have their painful parts. As always, Cormier's writing is superb. An added bonus is the introductions he wrote for each story, in which he writes about how a story came to be written or about some aspect of the writing. This book is great bedside reading, and fascinating for the reader who also loves to write. Cormier's insights and family anecdotes make this book a true gem for Cormier fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. Just beautiful. 2 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It wasn't the stories themselves that interested me so much as the introductions. I learned some interesting things about Cormier and feel all the better for having read the book. As for the stories, I liked them. They display a Robert Cormier of a very different kind. Yes, he CAN write humor, yes he CAN write happy endings! I have been looking for a weakness but have not yet found one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine poignant short stories that show Cormier's gentler side 29 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Robert Cormier is best known for his starkly realistic and uncompromising novels about the darker side of life. In "8 Plus 1" we see a gentler Cormier, although some of the stories do have their painful parts. As always, Cormier's writing is superb. An added bonus is the introductions he wrote for each story, in which he writes about how a story came to be written or about some aspect of the writing. This book is great bedside reading, and fascinating for the reader who also loves to write. Cormier's insights and family anecdotes make this book a true gem for Cormier fans.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bitter-sweet read 28 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a book that is always well-received by the pupils I teach. It explores relevant issues but doesn't talk at the reader. Instead, we are invited to experience the joys and sorrows of all the characters as they tell us their stories. It isn't as bleak as some of Cormier's others works but there are melancholy undertones in many of the short tales. My pupils love this book as I did too when I discovered it as a bored teenager (or thereabouts). It's a book I can keep going back to and from which I get something 'new'each time . I think there's a little bit of Mike, Holly, Jane and Mr Croft in all of us.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. Just beautiful. 2 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It wasn't the stories themselves that interested me so much as the introductions. I learned some interesting things about Cormier and feel all the better for having read the book. As for the stories, I liked them. They display a Robert Cormier of a very different kind. Yes, he CAN write humor, yes he CAN write happy endings! I have been looking for a weakness but have not yet found one.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review of 8 Plus 1 20 Nov 2001
By Meghan Easter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
8 Plus 1 is a book that contains nine stories with different plots, characters, and themes. The stories are mostly about families breaking up and/or realizing mistakes. With the very descriptive writing and interesting story line, I was easily engaged into the reading. So much imagery was used that the reader can picture the story in their head. This was the best part about the book. Also, the characters were just like the people in the world today. This helped me to learn that no one is perfect, for everyone makes mistakes. The characters gave me important messages about life. Even though many things about the book were good, there were still unclear parts. I did not like how characters were used over and over again. It was as if Robert Cormier could not come up with any other names. The repetition of names made it confusing. This book is overall very interesting. I would recommend 8 Plus 1 for those that enjoy short stories that tell much about life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me some of the best hints for my writing career 14 July 2001
By Sara Bass - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A friend had reccomended me 'I Am The Cheese' by Robert Cormier. Not able to find that, I sought my needs in this book, '8 Plus 1', which I found in a second-hand book store.
This book was a God send. As I plan to be an author someday, the added introductions to each story were great, and I think I found one of the best hints for my writing career, and showed me where to find ideas.
Apart from that, the stories are great. Just what teenagers need these days. I highly reccomend this book.
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