September 21, 2003

The Chocolate War

AUTHOR: Robert Cormier
ISBN: 0440944597
Plot Summary: This is a novel of one boy's struggle not to follow the crowd. Jerry Renault decides not to participate in the annual chocolate sale. The Vigils, a secret school society in charge of the sale, decides that this is a threat to their organization. Jerry becomes an outcast. He is beaten and abused but still remains strong.
Aden's Mini-Review: This is a very important book, as it illustrates the power of thinking for yourself, and standing up for having your own mind. (which ironically is one of the reasons it was challenged).
Complaints: Offensive language, violence.
Challenged but retained on the 10th-grade reading list at Hephzibah High School, Augusta, Georgia. Challenged as required reading at the Hudson Falls, New York schools.
Solonor Says Ban It Because: There's swearing and sex and violence in it...but worse, someone actually tries to think for themselves.
Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

Posted at September 21, 2003 03:25 PM


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