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8 Plus 1 Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (March 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440208386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440208389
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

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.

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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.

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Customer Reviews

I was not bored for a moment in this book.
§tuart Vassey
With the very descriptive writing and interesting story line, I was easily engaged into the reading.
Meghan Easter
I would reccomend Eight Plus One to any reader looking to enjoy a short book.
Daniel Borochoff

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1998
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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 1998
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1998
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Meghan Easter on November 20, 2001
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara Bass on July 14, 2001
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jordan on November 20, 2001
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Eight Plus One, a collection of nine short stories for kids, is a very interesting and funny book. Each story had a different theme and idea, and that made the book more enjoyable. Throughout this book I came upon things that I both liked and disliked.
One positive aspect of this book is the collection of introductions before each story. This introduction provides the reader with the origin and reason for each story, and I really enjoyed that. Also, a good part of this book was the funny and sometimes hilarious antics that the characters go through. For example, in the story,"The Moustache," Mike's grandmother constantly makes up stories of things that never happened, which adds some fun to the story. Finally, I liked the repititionof characters in some of the stories. That way, the reader has an idea of who the person's like.
In contrast, there were some negatives of this book that got my attention. First, I thought that in some of the stories there was a lot of "filler," or unnecessary information, which sometimes made the story boring. Lastly, I felt that in some stories, especially "Protestants Cry, Too," there was discrimination of people. Even though in the end the fighting was settled, I believe that maybe those ideas didn't have to be included.
In conclusion, the good and bad things of this collection go to show that this book is recommended for comedy lovers, and may be a good book for all other readers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Houghton on November 20, 2001
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I enjoyed the book "Eight Plus One" by Robert Cormier. It taught many lessons about everyday life. I thought it was interesting that Cormier took people he knew from his life and made them fictional characters, as well as with the events that took place in the stories. The book was rather confusing because many of the characters were the same in each story. This made it difficult to differentiate between the stories. This book is a good one to read for young adults because it teaches many lessons about life that are easy to interpret and understand. Also, many of the characters are young people who learn something about their parents or elders in the end. Each character had an "epiphany." I thought the book was slow because it seemed that each story was pretty much the same-young and old have trouble, young learns something about old and develops new understanding, or vice versa. The book contained no suspense or action, which usually appeals to the younger readers. In conclusion, the book "Eight Plus One" by Robert Cormier is a good book to read when learning about life.
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