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The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War

Every year, Trinity School runs a chocolate sale. Each boy volunteers to sell a quota of boxes. But this year it's different, because new kid Jerry Renault has refused to take part. This small act of defiance starts a chain reaction exposing the corruption running throughout the ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780141312514
Barcode 9780141312514
Published 24 October 2001 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Cormier, Robert
Designed by Jones, Matt
Series Puffin Teenage Books
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ISBN-13 9780141312514
ISBN-10 0141312513
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date 24 October 2001
International Publication Date 30 August 2001
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Cormier, Robert
Designed by Jones, Matt
Series Puffin Teenage Books
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 202g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Bullying, Fiction
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 61239

Description of this Book

The headmaster of Trinity College asks Archie Costello, the leader of the Vigils, a secret society that rules the school, to help with the selling of 20,000 boxes of chocolates in the annual fund-raising effort. Archie sees the chance of adding to his power - he is the Assigner, handing out to the boys tasks to be performed if they are to survive in the school. Freshman, Jerry Renault, a newcomer to the corrupt regime, refuses to sell chocolates. Enormous mental and physical pressure is put on him but he will not give in - the result is an inevitable, explosive tragedy.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

US Review Vicious and violent mob cruelty in a boy's prep school is not a new theme but Cormier makes it compellingly immediate in this novel of Trinity High - a boys' day school with the close, concentrated, self-contained atmosphere of a boarding school - temporarily headed by the venomous, manipulating Brother Leon and unofficially run by power-obsessed senior Archie Costello - the ingeniously audacious assigner for a secret organization called the Vigils. A typical Vigils assignment - which no student would consider refusing - is to spend the night undoing the screws of all the desks and chairs in one classroom, so that they collapse on touch next morning. More serious though is the assignment given freshman Jerry Renault, who must refuse for ten days to participate in the chocolate sale on which Brother Leon has staked his position. In strong, staccato scenes that shift from one boy to another Cormier tells about Jerry's persecution when he decides spontaneously to go on saying no after his ten days are up and Brother Leon induces Archie to see this as defiance of the Vigils. No underworld gang closing in on a victim is more menacing than this teenage army led by a Leon-Archie alliance against one boy whose locker poster reads Do I Dare Disturb the Universe. Mature young readers will respect the uncompromising ending that dares disturb the upbeat universe of juvenile books. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Robert Cormier was born in Massachusetts, USA in 1925. He began his professional writing career as a journalist and scriptwriter and turned to full-time writing after the successful publication of his first novel for teenagers, The Chocolate War. He soon established a reputation as a brilliant and uncompromising writer of novels for young adults. He died in November 2000.

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