This exciting and thought-provoking thriller by the well-established American writer (author of The Chocolate War and many other titles) is guaranteed to grip the attention of imaginative teenagers as fascinated by fantasies of brutality and violence as by ideas about personal morality and self control. The Fade begins quietly enough in a depression-hit French-Canadian town when13-year-old Paul Moreaux discovers he has inherited from his uncle the "gift" of fading into invisibility. Before you know it, Paul moves beyond being a voyeur of dubious sexual antics to finding himself a guilt- ridden murderer. Worse follows when the hereditary gene manifests itself in his schizophrenic teenage nephew who lays waste to the town he lives in and sets out to murder those closest to him. Reminiscent of Mary Shelley's story about Frankenstein and his poor benighted monster, Cormier's story is at once terrifyingly exciting and sadly sobering, exploring, as it does man's capacity for inhumanity to man. --by Tamsin Palmer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.