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  • Published: 24 October 2001
  • ISBN: 9780141312514
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.00

The Chocolate War



The bestselling controversial novel about corruption and misuse of power in an American boys' school.

The headmaster of Trinity College asks Archie Costello, the leader of the Vigils, a secret society that rules the school, to help with the selling of 20,000 boxes of chocolates in the annual fund-raising effort. Archie sees the chance of adding to his power - he is the Assigner, handing out to the boys tasks to be performed if they are to survive in the school. Freshman, Jerry Renault, a newcomer to the corrupt regime, refuses to sell chocolates. Enormous mental and physical pressure is put on him but he will not give in - the result is an inevitable, explosive tragedy.

  • Published: 24 October 2001
  • ISBN: 9780141312514
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.00

About the author

Robert Cormier

When he was twelve, Robert Cormier's teacher, a nun, read a poem by him and declared 'Robert, you're a writer.'
Robert began his professional writing career scripting radio commercials. He went on to become a newspaper journalist for 31 years, winning three major journalism awards. Robert credits both journalism and writing commercials as helping him to achieve his characteristic economy of style.
His first work of fiction - a novel for adults - was published in 1963, but it was with the groundbreaking The Chocolate War in 1974 that Robert became a full-time writer.
A gentle, caring, family-orientated man, who still lives in the town where he was born, Robert is concerned about the problems facing young people in modern society. This concern is reflected in his novels, which are often brutal and always uncompromising in their depiction of the individual struggling in the face of power, corruption, victimization, betrayal and conspiracy. Tenderness, for example, depicts the relationship between a teenage runaway and a juvenile serial killer. In Heroes, a teenage war hero and victim returns to confront the idolized youth leader who betrayed him.
 One of Robert's favourite books is Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, so it must have been particularly gratifying for him to read in Newsweek that 'if any author in the field can challenge J.D. Salinger or William Golding it is Robert Cormier.'

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