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The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
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Apr 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: kids-1001, children, coming-of-age, relationships, schools


Jerry Renault is a freshman at a private Catholic high school. It is chocolate time, the time in which the students are asked to sell chocolates to raise money for the school. This year, students are asked to sell more chocolate than ever and the cost of each bar is twice as much.

At Jerry’s school, there is a secret group of boys who enjoy the pain of others called The Vigils. The Vigils ask Jerry to refuse to take part in the chocolate sale for ten days. Jerry complies. On the eleventh day, when Jerry is supposed to fall in line again, he suddenly decides to continue to refuse to take part in the sale.
The group dynamics in this book are fascinating. I’d love to hear what high school students would think about this book.
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