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Title: Fade Author: Robert Cormier Number of pages: 310 Main Characters- The main character in the story is Paul Moreaux. When he was thirteen, the boy is puzzled about an old family picture in which his uncle Adelard is missing, even though he should of been there.

Summary of Plot- One summer Paul is troubled by his awakening sexuality, encounters the Ku Klux Klan, is involved in many childhood pranks with his best friend Pete, and finally learns about the secret of the Fade, when his uncle comes to town. The Fade, the ability to become invisible, is always passed on from uncle to nephew, and Paul inherited it from Adelard. In the following chapters, Paul experiments with the Fade and learns that it is a curse rather than a blessing. He witnesses acts of sexual abuse and incest between his best friends, savagely beats up the local bully Omer LaBatt and finally even commits murder.

The second part of the book is told from the point of view of Susan Roget, who in 1988 works for Meredith, the agent of her distant relative Paul Roget, who was a famous novelist and died in 1967. She discovers a manuscript which Meredith has hidden. The two women are deeply troubled and wonder if the story is fact or fiction. They interview some of Paul's relatives, and finally Susan comes across the second part of the manuscript, told by Paul as an adult. He gives an account of his search for the new Fader. He finally finds the boy, his sister's illegitimate child, in a small town in Maine. Ozzie is deeply disturbed, has been abused and neglected and follows the commands of "a voice inside his head" that tells him to commit crimes and murder, when he discovers the Fade. It comes to a dramatic showdown between the two faders, and Paul finally has to kill his nephew. Susan is left totally disturbed and wondering if there might be another Fader somewhere out there.

What did you learn from the story ? I learned a lot of new things, like being able to Fade is a good power because no one will be able to see you.

Would you recommend this book to someone ? Check one : ____ yes. Why ? Fade is simply another great story by Cormier. He creates a whole family-tree of people, and the main characters are unbelievably convincing.

____no. Why ?