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The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
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The Chocolate War is set primarily at Trinity High School, a private boys’ school run by monks. However, a group of students called the Vigils are the true rulers of the school. When the Vigils give a student an “assignment,” usually some sort of prank, the student has no choice but to do what is asked. The annual chocolate sale is a tradition at Trinity; however, this year Brother Leon, acting head master, has upped the stakes. He doubles the number of chocolates each boy must see, and he doubles the price as well. He enlists the Vigils to show their support for this project; however, Archie, the “assigner,” sees it as an opportunity for another cruel assignment. The Vigils tell freshman Jerry Renault that he must refuse to sell the chocolates for the first ten days of the sale. Jerry complies, but when the ten days are up, he still refuses the chocolates, which ultimately leads to a show down with the Vigils.

This book's fame is well deserved, and it deals with timeless themes of adolescence, but (speaking as one who was assigned to read it for three different classes) for me it was just OK.
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