Never one to shy away from what may be considered taboo, award winning novelist Robert Cormier, born and raised in Leominster, MA wrote upon what he knew best - the city of Leominster and her sister city, Fitchburg. Under the assumed names of Monument (Leominster) and Frenchtown (Fitchburg), Cormier takes his readers on a whimsical journey which closely mirrored his own childhood.
Never an avid outdoors-man, Cormier preferred the company of books and as such began to write at an early age. Noticed both at home and at school for his skill, Cormier was encouraged to explore the wonderful world of writing - and explore he did.
What ultimately placed his books The Chocolate Wars and I Am The Cheese (both of which were made into movies) on the banned/challenged book list year after year may be up for debate in today’s age, however during the 1990’s his books held the number four spot.
According to an article, “Cormier wrote powerful and disturbing novels for young adults, most of which caused controversy. His fiction analyzed the turmoil of adolescence for young people” [http://users.wpi.edu/~cityofwords/cormier.htm].
Now, there is an entire wing in the Leominster library dedicated to the many works of Cormier showcasing his unique writing style and providing a safe haven for future generations of writers. For more information on where to get his books, visit www.leominsterlibrary.org.