I Am the Cheese
A NovelBook - 1983
A boy's search for his father becomes a desperate journey to unlock a secret past. But the past must not be remembered if the boy is to survive. As he searches for the truth that hovers at the edge of his mind, the boy--and readers--arrive at a shattering conclusion.
"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
"A horrifying tale of government corruption, espionage, and counter espionage told by an innocent young victim. . . . The buildup of suspense is terrific."-- School Library Journal , starred review
An ALA Notable Children's Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Horn Book Fanfare
A Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year
A Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominee
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Adam Farmer sets off on a quest to find his father. But in order to do so, he must delve back into his anomalous past, reliving the memories of his secretive, paranoid life. Helping him is a doctor named Brint. But Brint also has a secret, and when Adam arrives at his destination, the gripping truth will be revealed.
Adam Farmer has a dangerous past that people try to unravel out of him. Throughout the book, Adam goes through a great adventure between finding his dad and trying to remember his past. Though, here's the catch, if he does remember his mysterious life, he will not be allowed to live because the details are top secret and the information that will be spread around by him will put the government in great danger.