Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Chocolate War

Chocolate War

By Robert Cormier
New York : Knopf : Random House, 2004, c1974.
(Image Credit: Cape May County Library, Cape May Court House, NJ)
Annotation: Jerry Renault becomes involved in a face-off against the Vigils, when he refuses to sell chocolates for Trinity High School.
Book Talk:
Trinity High School has been run by The Vigils, a gang of students, for years. They control everything and everyone in the school through their intimidation, including all students and the staff. It isn't until a freshman, Jerry Renault, who challenges The Vigils, does their power come into question. Jerry refuses to sell the Trinity's fund-raising chocolates. Jerry's decision challenges faculty memebers, such as Brother Leon's quest to become Trinity's Headmaster, as well as the power of The Vigils. How much will Jerry's stance cost him, as well as those around him? Is being opposed to the powers of the school worth the price he has to pay in the end? Jerry has been inspired by the quote that decorates the back of his locker, "Do I dare disturb the universe?" How true will the quote describe the events occuring in Jerry's life?
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