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Teacher Margaret Silver talks about the need for strong YA literature. Silver finds Cormier a good example of a writer that prepares young readers for more difficult reading and for real-life problems.

Cormier writes about his allusion to The Wizard of Oz in I Am the Cheese as well as the homosexual references in the novel.

Cormier describes how his realistic fiction needs to include aspects of life that are less desirable because they are a part of life. He also mentions his distaste for the movie The Chocolate War.

This article features reflections of YA authors and publishers on the conflicts between young readers and adults on reading patterns and taste. Authors include Robert Cormier, Harry Mazer, Norma Klein, Roald Dahl, Daniel Keyes, and Judy Blume.…
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