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Maggie and the Chocolate War

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Maggie has been saving her delivery-job money for weeks to buy her best friend, Jo, a chocolate bar for her birthday. It's 1947, and while the war is over and ration tickets are gone, food prices are going up. Then it is announced that the price of chocol
ebook, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Second Story Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Canadian Children's Book Centre
It is 1947 and Maggie’s plans to buy her best friend Jo a chocolate bar for her birthday melt away when the price per bar is raised from five cents to eight cents. Children can no longer afford to buy chocolate! In response, children across Canada organize themselves, marching on parliament and protesting in front of stores. As the daughter of a shopkeeper, Maggie’s life becomes sticky when she gets wrapped up in the cause that may hurt her father’s business. She is ultimately forced to navigate ...more
Nov 16, 2012 SISlibrary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grade 7-9
Shelves: edes-546
Historical fiction text that builds a narrative around the drastic increase in the price of chocolate bars in Canada in 1947 and the effect on children coast to coast. Children across the country are outraged and boycott chocolate bars. The author has created realistic characters that children of today's generation will be able to relate to and empathize with.

Could be used as a read-a-loud.

Connection to grade eight Social Studies program (WWII - rationing).

Recommendation: Grade 5+
Feb 23, 2010 Vicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, grade-3
This would have been so much better if the kids were able to accomplish what they set out to do - bring the price of chocolate bars down - without the adults stepping and bringing the whole thing to a halt based on a technicality. Lame.
Apr 11, 2008 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewing for SLJ. Right now my feeling is "meh". But sometimes, once I start writing the review, I discover I liked the book more than I thought. We'll see if it happens in this case...
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Michelle Mulder is a Canadian children's author. She loves writing about kids who seize life's opportunities, and she tries to do the same in her own life. Some of her favourite adventures have included helping to dig a water pipeline in the Dominican Republic, backpacking through Argentina with her husband, and riding a hot air balloon through a Cappadocian valley in Turkey. She lives with her hu ...more
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