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Author: Robert Cormier
ISBN13: 978-0435124540
Title: The Chocolate War (New Windmills KS3)
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Language: English
Category: Growing Up and Facts of Life
Publisher: Heinemann (August 22, 1996)
Pages: 190

The Chocolate War (New Windmills KS3) by Robert Cormier

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The Chocolate War is a young adult novel by American author Robert Cormier. First published in 1974, it was adapted into a film in 1988. Set at a fictional Catholic high school, the story depicts a secret student organization's manipulation of the student body, which descends into cruel and ugly mob mentality against a lone, non-conforming student.

The Chocolate War book. The Chocolate War is about boys at an all-boys Catholic prep school forming cliques and getting their kicks by kicking the shit out of their fellow students mentally and physically. This could've been an English novel. Cormier does an excellent job at cap I grew up in the next town over from where Robert Cormier lived. They were nothing towns. We went to the same college. The Vigils specialize in creating "assignments" for new students, which range from simple jokes to cruel, elaborate pranks. Although the faculty is aware of the existence of a school gang, it doesn't acknowledge it in the open - giving a clandestine consent for its actions, which new students have no choice but to accept.

The book Chocolate War is not only a book about good and evil but it deals a lot with power struggle among the groups. Good struggles to ward evil powers away from them and from giving in to the temptations of evil. Evil struggles to suffice power of good and struggles to gain power among themselves.

in the Teachers Store. The Chocolate War. By Robert Cormier. lt;p Every boy enrolled at Trinity knows that the two powers running their New England school are Brother Leon - a teacher and the acting Headmaster - and the Vigils, a secret society led by Archie Costello. In the classroom, Brother Leon is a monster and any student in his presence knows to give him complete, submissive attention. Archie, himself, is an equal master of intimidation. But in the face of Trinity's financial troubles, Brother Leon calls for a truce and enlists Archie and the Vigils to help in the sale of chocolate to raise money for the school

Free Study Guide for The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Previous Page Table of Contents Next Page Downloadable, Printable Version. The chocolate war study guide. John Sulkey He plans his chocolate sales because he wants to be the best. Ellen Barrett The girl from the bus stop who smiles at Jerry. Frankie Rollo A junior picked for a Vigils assignment who challenges Archie’s authority and Carter punches. Brian Cochran The treasurer of the chocolate sale. Brother Jaques A new young teacher, overheard telling Brother Leon that he thinks Leon is abusing his power of attorney. Brother Andrew Jerry’s art teacher.

The Chocolate War is masterfully structured and rich in theme; the action is well crafted, well timed, suspenseful; complex ideas develop and unfold with clarity. This novel unique in its uncompromising portrait of human cruelty and conformity. The novel is cleverly written with a good sense of the realistic and a good ear for dialouge, qualities which will attract any reader. The Chocolate War" portrays the story of a freshman by the name of Jerry Renault attending Trinity High School. The school is run by a group of teenagers known as The Vigils. The antagonist, Archie Costello, is part of the group, and he is notorious for giving out assignments to other students that usually do physical or psychological harm to them.

The Chocolate War. Annotation. Author: Robert Cormier. Stunned by his mother’s recent death and appalled by the way his father sleepwalks through life, Jerry Renault, a New England high school student, ponders the poster in his locker - Do I dare disturb the universe? Part of his universe is Archie Costello, leader of a secret school societ - the Virgils - and master of intimidation. Archie himself is intimidated by a cool, ambitious teacher into having the Virgils spearhead the annual fund-raising event - a chocolate sale.

One of the most controversial YA novels of all time, The Chocolate War is a modern masterpiece that speaks to fans of S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and John Knowles’s A Separate Peace. After suffering rejection from seven major publishers, The Chocolate War made its debut in 1974, and quickly became a bestselling-and provocative-classic for young adults. This chilling portrait of an all-boys prep school casts an unflinching eye on the pitfalls of conformity and corruption in our most elite cultural institutions. The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier.

One of a series offering classic and contemporary fiction for schools to suit a range of ages and tastes. Even Archie Costello, leader of the school's corrupt secret society, has to admit that 20,000 boxes of chocolates will take some selling, but he admires Brother Leon for his lack of scruples.
Reviews: 7
"The Chocolate War" portrays the story of a freshman by the name of Jerry Renault attending Trinity High School. The school is run by a group of teenagers known as The Vigils. The antagonist, Archie Costello, is part of the group, and he is notorious for giving out assignments to other students that usually do physical or psychological harm to them. Jerry receives one of these assignments in which he is tasked to refuse to sell chocolates for the school fundraiser for a certain number of days and then accept them. However, Jerry continues to refuse to sell the chocolates, and, in doing so, he disturbs the universe. This ultimately ends in his demise, since Archie can't allow Jerry to blatantly disregard the order of The Vigils. By the end of the book, Jerry regrets disturbing the universe, and he believes that it wasn't worth the pain and suffering that was brought upon him. "The Chocolate War" was an enjoyable read, because the novel tells it how it is. By disturbing the universe, Jerry is standing up against the system and revealing his individuality. Instead of doing as he's told, Jerry does what no one else has ever done before. While the book could have gone with a happy ending, Cormier wrote a more realistic end to Jerry's tale. This made "The Chocolate War" more memorable for me, because I had been hoping the best for Jerry. Ultimately, the themes brought up throughout the novel are interesting parallels to modern day society, and they had me questioning certain aspects of life.
This book is great right up to the end. It builds and builds causing an expectation that is defied by the idea infecting it that the world is a terrible place filled with terrible people and where good people are cowed and terrorized by the evil. There is no sense of justice, even small justice, anywhere present throughout the entire text. I understand that evil is a sick strength, but there's no light anywhere that lasts. The strength from the good people in the book is fleeting and stands no chance with that of the terrible people who rule.

There's no battle of good and evil, though the author alludes to that with a kind of David and Goliath kind of conflict. Instead, evil tramples everything and leaves only pain in its wake. So, if you like a lack of closure, lack of justice, and lack of redemption, and if you like watching good people who stand as tall as they dare crumble to be left with nothing but broken souls, then read this book. Otherwise, stay away.

I expect to experience downer endings every now and then from horror novels, but I was thinking this book different as it makes itself to be something of a cruel, but inspirational take on bullying. It is not. It is bully porn, where the bullies get away with everything and good people fall and are crushed. The only message the author gives is "keep your head down, do what you're told, and give the bullies what they want."

I give it two stars because I was definitely hooked, but was ultimately let down. I felt like an amateur cook who followed the directions to some baking recipe while a professional cook watched on, only to have the final product completely fail for no reason and in the end the professional tells me that I should never cook again and informs me that the reason the I failed was because I tried.

I will not read the sequel as reviews of that book seem to tell a similar tale. I will also stay away from this author altogether.
Lots of YA books centered in schools strike me as a little off the mark. Even the ones aimed at guys so often have to do with overachievers (will I get into an Ivy?) or with immediately recognizable gargoyle authority figures (when it's the "respected" adults who often turn out suspect). This one reminds me of a real-life situation (only mine involved yearbooks, not chocolate bars). It is well written and says leagues about peer pressure, conformity, and the American obsession with attaining one hundred percent which, if anything, has intensified since THE CHOCOLATE WAR was first published over 40 years ago. Many schools might not find room for this one on their curriculum but then, many schools consider uniformity the price of peace. All I can say is, read it anyway.
The individual versus the mob; the man versus the system; the citizen versus the state - choose your metaphor.

This is among the most realistic portrayals of life you will come across; meaning the individual who refuses to get in line will be subject to attack, cruelty, and injustice.

Many have called this a dark book; many ask why can't this book offer more hope?

I can only answer that the hero in this book puts everything on the line - everything! And he risks it all for an idea - the idea that the individual matters.

If that doesn't give you hope, then try something else.
I remember getting in trouble when I submitted a book report on this in the 8th grade. First time I ever heard of a banned book list. Turned out okay as teacher took responsibility for not approving books before hand. However, this book is a treasure and should be read. Teaches valuable lessons on conformity and standing up for something. Values that could have saved disasters such as Enron.