October 9, 2001: “The Rag and Bone Shop”, Robert Cormier’s final novel, is published posthumously by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. The novel explores murder, guilt, and the corruption of innocence.
Rag and Bone was the 2002 ALA Best Books for Young Adults winner, and received several awards in 2003 including the Margaret A. Edwards Award.
From Random House’s site:
- Twelve-year old Jason is accused of the brutal murder of a young girl. Is he innocent or guilty? The shocked town calls on an interrogator with a stellar reputation: he always gets a confession. The confrontation between Jason and his interrogator forms the chilling climax of this terrifying look at what can happen when the pursuit of justice becomes a personal crusade for victory at any cost.
Robert Cormier has a special place in my heart, as a fellow French Canadian who grew up in the northern part of Massachusetts (Cormier is from Leominster) and who (briefly) attended Fitchburg State (where Cormier went for one semester, and to which his family donate his papers to create an exhibit). He was one of the first YA authors I read that did not seem to shy away from the real, true grit of being a teenager. Once you’ve had a chance to read this, don’t miss out on The Chocolate War and After the First Death! So many authors, when they pass, leave behind unfinished works… I’m so glad we were able to have just one more from this young adult literary master!
Robert Cormier would want you to patron your local Independent bookstore! So swing by and order your copy now!