The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War

Book - 1986
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Random House, Inc.
In Robert Cormier's unforgettable novels, an individual often stands alone, fighting for what is right--or just to survive--against powerful, sinister, and sometimes evil people. His twisty, gripping stories explore some of the darker corners of the human psyche but always with a moral focus and a probing intelligence that compels readers to examine their own feelings and ethical beliefs. The questions that follow are intended to spur discussion and to provoke thoughtful readers to contemplate some of the issues of identity, character, emotion, and morality that make Cormier's books so compelling.
Stunned by his mother's recent death and appalled by the way his father sleepwalks through life, Jerry Renault, a New England high school student, ponders the poster in his locker-Do I dare disturb the universe?

Part of his universe is Archie Costello, leader of a secret school societ-the Virgils-and master of intimidation. Archie himself is intimidated by a cool, ambitious teacher into having the Virgils spearhead the annual fund-raising event-a chocolate sale. When Jerry refuses to be bullied into selling chocolates, he becomes a hero, but his defiance is a threat to Archie, the Virgils, and the school. In the inevitable showdown, Archie's skill at intimidation turns Jerry from hero to outcast, to victim, leaving him alone and terribly vulnerable.

Baker & Taylor
A high-school freshman who refuses to participate in the annual fund-raising chocolate sale is forced to defend his convictions

Publisher: New York : Laurel-Leaf Books, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1986
ISBN: 9780440944591
0440944597
Characteristics: 189 p. : ill. ; cm

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Howie_Nichols
Jul 01, 2014

Waste of time. The ending resolved nothing and was unrealistic. The story was just average. Never connected with the characters.\

Sorry. Better books out there.

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dish_24
Jul 05, 2013

This is a favorite book of mine since high school. The first line is one of the best. Great for anyone who has had to sell anything...ever...for school and didn't really want to participate.

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JihadiConservative
May 15, 2013

A thought provoking book that has some very good messages. Highly recommended.

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ucblue
Jun 11, 2012

While the book was good at times, the majority of the book I was disappointed. I mean every other page someone was doing something gross. But the book had a good message and posed good questions.

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GARCIA913
Mar 28, 2012

Read this for school and was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking it.

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Mum_of_2
Feb 16, 2012

Couldn't get passed the first chapter. I'd give it 1/4 star if I could.

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James_T_Kirk
Oct 24, 2011

The Chocolate War is a great read that would change any person's life. Go out there. Dare to disturb the universe.

allonsy Oct 12, 2011

Freshman student at a Catholic high school, Jerry refuses to sell chocolates for the yearly fundraiser. He's protesting the bullying and meaness of fellow students as well as cruel teachers and fighting for his own independence. This book was so honest in its portrayal of teenagers and how users seem to get farther ahead in life than nice guys.

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red_alligator_5095 Aug 27, 2013

red_alligator_5095 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

blue_eagle_487 Jul 14, 2013

blue_eagle_487 thinks this title is suitable for 1 years and over

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JihadiConservative
May 15, 2013

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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JihadiConservative
May 15, 2013

Sexual Content: Some mildly graphic references.

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JihadiConservative
May 15, 2013

Coarse Language: A lot of swearing but nothing that bad.

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JihadiConservative
May 15, 2013

Violence: Some fist fights and bullying. Some sad scenes.

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dish_24
Jul 05, 2013

"They murdered him."

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