A Year of READING Dangerously: # 3. The Chocolate War



The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My commute to work is a half an hour each way, so I’m always on the look out for a good book on tape to make the ride more enjoyable. When the library offered Robert Cormier‘s The Chocolate War as an audio book I snapped it up. I’d read The Chocolate War as a teenager, a few years after the book was published in 1974, and I’d seen the 1988 movie, but I’d forgotten how relentlessly tense and tightly written the story is.

The book was challenged because of its unflattering portrayal private Catholic high school, where the weaker boys are bullied not only by the brothers who run the school but by a shadow organization of students called the vigils.

For example, in 1984 The Chocolate War along with another of Cormier’s books, I am Cheese was challenged in New York for being:

Humanistic and destructive of religious and moral beliefs and of national spirit. [120 Banned Books pg 85.]

It has also been banned for Violence, Offensive Language and Sexual Content.

Film poster for The Chocolate War - Copyright ...

Film poster for The Chocolate War – Copyright 1988, Management Company Entertainment Group (MCEG) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Freelance writer, graphic designer, musician, foodie and Jane Austen enthusiast in Northern Baltimore County, Maryland. As a writer I enjoy both fiction and non fiction (food, travel and local interest stories.) As an advocate for the ARTS, one of my biggest passions is helping young people find a voice in all the performing arts. To that end it has been my honor to give one-on-one lessons to elementary, middle and high school students in graphic design and music. And as JANE-O I currently serve as the regional coordinator for JASNA Maryland and am working on a Regency/Federal cooking project. View all posts by ritalovestowrite

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