Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Chocolate War By: Robert Cormier

Jerry is a freshman at an all-boys Catholic school where power is shared between the unpredictable Brother Leon and the secret student group, the Virgil’s. When Jerry refuses to participate in the school’s annual chocolate sale he sparks a war between himself, brother Leon, the Virgil’s and the student body.

Book Talk
Have you ever wanted to say “no” when everyone around you is saying “yes?” It can be a hard thing to do, as Jerry Renault discovers when he is the only one to refuse to participate in the schools voluntary chocolate sale. The Chocolate War tells the story of how Jerry went from an unknown freshman to a notorious character in his school, as he is caught in a power struggle between the schools temporary headmaster, Brother Leon, and the mastermind behind the Virgil’s, Archie. Caught in a struggle that has more to it than the sale of chocolates, Jerry must find the courage to stick to his decision and make it through the chocolate war.

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (1974)
ALA Best Books for Young Adults (1974)
New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1974)
Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (1974)

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War. New York, NY: Random House, Inc., 1974.
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