The Chocolate War


by Robert Cormier (Author)

Book Cover for The Chocolate War

   Book 1   
Pages: 272

Jerry Renault ponders the question on the poster in his locker: Do I dare disturb the universe?

Refusing to sell chocolates in the annual Trinity school fundraiser may not seem like a radical thing to do, but when high-school freshman, Jerry Renault challenges a secret school society called The Vigils, his defiant act turns into an all-out war. Now the only question is: Who will survive?

Cormier's chilling look at the insidious world of intimidation and the abuse of power in a boys' boarding school is no less relevant today than it was in 1974. This ground-breaking novel is an unflinching portrait of corruption and cruelty which has become a modern classic.

Recognition: School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year (1974); American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults (1974); ALA's Best of the Best Books for Young Adults (1974); New York Times Notable Books of the Year (1974)

Chocolate War Series—Summary and Book Order

Series: Chocolate War
Reading level: 13+
Books in series: 2
Read in order? Yes
Next release: Finished
Tags: classics  boys  realistic fiction  school 

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Books in series order

1.   The Chocolate War  (1974)
2.   Beyond the Chocolate War  (1985)