Frenchtown Summer by Robert Cormier (1999) tells the story of a summer in the life of twelve-year-old Eugene. Eugene often feels left out because he is not like the other kids his age. The story is written from Eugene’s point of view, and is written in verse as opposed to prose, which is dramatically different from Cormier’s past work. The verse style lends an intimate personal tone to the story, and allows the reader to see directly into Eugene’s mind and experience all the nuances of his thoughts.
By: Robert Cormier