The Chocolate War
Reissued now in hardcover with a new introduction by the author, Cormier's chilling look at the insidious world of gang intimidation and the abuse of power in a boys' boarding school is no less relevant today than it was in 1974. Stunned by his mother's recent death and appalled by the way his... show more
Reissued now in hardcover with a new introduction by the author, Cormier's chilling look at the insidious world of gang intimidation and the abuse of power in a boys' boarding school is no less relevant today than it was in 1974. 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 society - 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...
Publish date: March 19th 2013
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, Read For School
, Realistic Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, Banned Books
, High School
Series: Chocolate War (#1)
Genre: School / Conformity / ControversialYear Published: 1974Number of Pages: 272 pagesDate Read: 8/30/2010 Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Series: The Chocolate War #1 When I started reading this book, I was wondering to myself about why this book was banned in so many schools. Now, I kno...
Jerry Renault ponders the question on the poster in his locker: Do I dare disturb the universe? Refusing to sell chocolates in the annual Trinity school fund-raiser may not seem like a radical thing to do. But when Jerry challenges a secret school society called The Vigils, his defiant act turns int...
The chocolate war is one of the most banned books among school libraries. However the book's themes, plot, and insight to the teenage boys' psyche is what has made this book relevant among young adult readers for almost 40 years. Freshman Jerry Renault has accepted his first assignment as part of t...
***Note: this review assumes that you've read the book.*** One-sentence summary: Cormier himself wrote my one-sentence summary when he was asked whether the book sends the depressing message that even savvy teens can't outwit the system and he said, "They can buck it, but they can't beat it. The t...
Short version: Lord of the Flies at Catholic school, done by a master.Longer version: I really wish I had gotten to read this in high school. I didn't go to a Catholic school, but I did go to "catechism" every Wednesday at the local church school, and I also lived in the author's conservative Massac...