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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier is a book about corrupt school faculty, gangs, and peer pressure that is a frequently challenged due to offensive language, sexual language, and violence.

As a freshman at Trinity boarding school, Jerry finds himself in a world beyond his experience. The school gang, the Vigils, harass him, students, and faculty relentlessly. Despite the fact that the faculty know Archie is in charge of the gang, he dodges punishment.

Brother Leon, his teacher, is a corrupt man who insults and pressures the children in his class to go against their conscience. As he increasingly pressures the children to sell chocolate bars, Jerry suddenly stands up and refuses to sell the chocolate bars.

Jerry finds himself in the middle of controversy, not just with the faculty, but with the gang. This realistic read on corruption of both youth and adult will leave many readers devastated.

Recommended Reads:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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