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The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
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May 02, 12

bookshelves: male-protagonist, lis-722, ya-lit, novel, high-school, banned-book, coming-of-age, fiction
Read in January, 2012

This book is not your typical look at a high school. A secret organization, The Vigils, runs the school, with Archie Costello quietly pulling the strings. Jerry Renault starts the book as an average teen boy, but when The Vigils demand him to refuse to sell chocolates as part of the annual school fundraiser, the school's social order slowly begins to unravel, eventually leaving Jerry friendless and the enemy of almost every kid at school and most of the teachers. Archie continues to toy with Jerry until Jerry is forced to make some tough decisions. The poster in his locker asks if he dares disturb the universe, and Jerry begins to think he should. The Chocolate War is a fascinating, suspenseful read that makes the reader question how they would handle Jerry's predicament. It is recommended for reader 14 and up.

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