With his novels THE CHOCOLATE WAR and I AM THE CHEESE, author Robert Cormier earned a reputation for writing novels that realistically and unflinchingly explored the tragic side of human nature. Each of his subsequent novels continued to illustrate the dark consequences of what happens when good people do not oppose the evil forces they encounter. Although his novels have been challenged in school libraries across the country, teens and adults applauded Cormier for taking on tough subjects that depicted realistic characters.
Kevin Garnett is the star forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In 1995, he became the first NBA player drafted out of high school in twenty years. In 2004, he was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Off the court, Garnett has helped many charities, including a $1.2 million donation to Oprah’s Angel Network to help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005.