- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
- Series: Laurel-Leaf Library
- Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Laurel Leaf (August 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440940605
- ISBN-13: 978-0440940609
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 373 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Am the Cheese Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1991
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Imagine discovering that your whole life has been a fiction, your identity altered, and a new family history created. Suddenly nothing is as it once seemed; you can trust no one, maybe not even yourself. It is exactly this revelation that turns 14-year-old Adam Farmer's life upside down. As he tries to ascertain who he really is, Adam encounters a past, present, and future too horrible to contemplate. Suspense builds as the fragments of the story are assembled--a missing father, government corruption, espionage--until the shocking conclusion shatters the fragile mosaic. Young adult readers will easily relate to the shy and confused Adam, whose desperate searching for self resembles a disturbingly exaggerated version of the identity crisis common to the teenage years.
First published in 1977, I Am the Cheese provides an exciting introduction to psychological thrillers. This sensitive, emotional, subtly crafted novel by Robert Cormier (author of The Chocolate War) was a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year, as well as a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"A horrifying tale . . . the buildup of suspense is terrific." - School Library Journal, Starred"AN ABSORBING, EVEN brilliant job. The book is assembled in mosaic fashion: a tiny chip here, a chip there. . . . Everything is related to something else; everything builds and builds to a fearsome climax. . . . Cormier . . . has the knack of making horror out of the ordinary, as the masters of suspense know how to do." - The New York Times Book Review