This collection includes material surrounding the objections brought against Robert Cormier's work and a range of responses to those objections.

As an early pioneer in young adult realistic fiction, Robert Cormier had a number of objectors decrying the value and appropriateness of his work. Included in this selection are a collection of letter exchanges with readers and parents who took offense to Cormier’s books as well as from defenders seeking perspective and advice on approaching Cormier’s naysayers. Magazine coverage representing detractors and critics of Cormier are included along with defenses from Cormier and from students who gained from reading his work.


Elise Takehana and Anna Consalvo