The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War.  New York: Pantheon Books, 1986. Print.

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ALA Best Books for Young Adults
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 Kirkus Reviews Choice
 New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year

Margaret A Edwards Award


The Vigils, Trinity High’s secret society, have complete power over the school and its students. However, when a freshman bravely refuses to sell chocolate for them, their control is tested. Even so, bullies do not take “no” for an answer.


Do I dare disturb the universe? Jerry Renault is his own person. When his school’s secret society, the Vigils, demands he sell chocolates, he does the unthinkable. He adheres to his pride and rejects their bullying. At first applauded by the student body for his efforts, Jerry then learns the horrible chastisements of fighting something bigger and more powerful.  One must ask, is it worth it disturbing the universe?