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The Chocolate War
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A controversial masterpiece of young-adult fiction, The Chocolate War depicts the dark culture of intimidation underlying the wholesome surface of an all-boys Catholic high school. Numb from his mother’s untimely death and frustrated by his father’s apathy, Jerry Renault ponders the phrase on a poster in his locker: Do I dare disturb the universe?
Jerry’s seemingly insignificant choice not to participate in a school chocolate sale turns his school upside down, making him both a hero and a scapegoat. Forty years after its original publication, this suspenseful study of corruption, conformity, and the abuse of power remains a bestseller and a classic.
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1974 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
1974 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
1974 ALA the Best of the Best Book for Young Adults
1974 New York Times Notable Book of the Year
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