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I am the Cheese

I am the Cheese

Adam's father is in hospital, and Adam has set off by bike to visit him. Adam's bike is an old-fashioned one, without gears, or mud-guards, or efficient brakes. To take his mind of his aching muscles, Adam traces the events that led up to his father being taken to hospital.

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ISBN 9780141300511
Barcode 9780141300511
Published 10 September 1998 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New edition
Alternate Format(s) View All (12 other possible title(s) available)
Author(s) By Cormier, Robert
Series Puffin Teenage Fiction
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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9780141300511
ISBN-10 0141300515
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date 10 September 1998
International Publication Date 30 July 1998
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Cormier, Robert
Series Puffin Teenage Fiction
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 174g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Teenage boys, United States, Fiction
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 322880

Description of this Book

Adam's father is in hospital and Adam has set off to visit him. It's a long, cold journey; as he travels along, Adam gets tired, and to take his mind off his exhaustion, he traces the events that led up to his father being taken to hospital. He had testified against government level corruption and the family became the subject of a government-orchestrated protection plan. The journey is a kind of odyssey, a search - through the mysteries of the mind. Adam must unlock the past and really remember it if he is to survive.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

US Review A competent, free-form little chiller that pedals you into the implausible before you can say Cheese it! the Mafia! - a Mafia whose sinister masterminds, along with the CIA, can fracture a young boy's life. Fourteen-year-old Adam is biking furiously from Massachusetts to Vermont to see his father. Yet distance and time seem oddly muddled as Adam's head buzzes with family memories and - like tape recordings - those interrogations by a doctor (?) about Adam's childhood. He can remember a time when he and his parents were happy and close, but, after that frantic exodus in the night, when Adam was a tot, things were never the same. It is not until Adam is a teen-ager that he discovers the reason for: Father's grim visitations from a Mr. Grey, Mother's Thursday phone call, and his own double identity. The denouement seals the accelerating dread, with recollections of gentle domesticity and even some high school humor adding a mite more candle power to light this bike-ride through a twilight zone. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Robert Cormier, formerly a journalist, now concentrates on writing fiction. He has published many fine novels for young adults and is known for his devastatingly truthful writing. He is an award-winner in the US and was recently shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. Robert Cormier lives in Massachusetts.

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