[New York, New York]: Random House Children's Books, A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies. Add tags for "The chocolate war". ______ __ THE CHOCOLATE WAR ROBET CORMIER ______ This one's for my son, Peter. With love. __________CHAPTER ON. Editorial Reviews. Review. Does Jerry Renault dare to disturb the universe? You wouldn't think that his refusal to sell chocolates during his.

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Read "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. One of the most. One of the most controversial YA novels of all time, The Chocolate War is a modern masterpiece that speaks to fans of S. E. Hinton's The I picked this up from the library's ebook service and was quite surprised to see that it. When Jerry refuses to be bullied into selling chocolates, he becomes a hero, but his I picked this up from the library's ebook service and was quite surprised to.

In , Cormier joined the staff of the Fitchburg Sentinel, which later became the Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel and Enterprise, as the city hall and political reporter.

He later served as wire and associate editor and wrote a popular twice-weekly column under the pseudonym John Fitch IV. The column received the national K. Thomason Award in as the best human-interest column written that year. That same year, he was honored by the New England Associated Press Association for having written the best news story under pressure of deadline.

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He left newspaper work in to devote all his time to writing. Instantly acclaimed, it was also the object of censorship attempts because of its uncompromising realism. These three books established Cormier as a master of the young adult novel.

I Have Words to Spend, a collection of his newspaper and magazine columns, was published in , assembled and edited by his wife, Connie. Hello, hello, I'm still here. When he moved his lips, he tasted the acid of dirt and grass and gravel. He was aware of the other players around him, helmeted and grotesque, creatures from an unknown world.

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He had never felt so lonely in his life, abandoned, defenseless. On the third play, he was hit simultaneously by three of them: one, his knees; another, his stomach; a third, his head - the helmet no protection at all. His body seemed to telescope into itself but all the parts didn't fit, and he was stunned by the knowledge that pain isn't just one thing - it is cunning and various, sharp here and sickening there, burning here and clawing there.

He clutched himself as he hit the ground. The ball squirted away. His breath went away, like the ball - a terrible stillness pervaded him - and then, at the onset of panic, his breath came back again.

His lips sprayed wetness and he was grateful for the sweet cool air that filled his lungs. But when he tried to get up, his body mutinied against movement.

He decided the hell with it. He'd go to sleep right here, right out on the fifty yard line, the hell with trying out for the team, screw everything, he was going to sleep, he didn't care anymore-- "Renault!

He opened his eyes flutteringly. Or the coach.

He was unwilling to abandon this lovely lassitude but he had to, of course. He was sorry to leave the earth, and he was vaguely curious about how he was going to get up, with both legs smashed and his skull battered in.

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Who would be interested in reading such a story? I sometimes wondered. It seems incredible to me that more than two decades later, The Chocolate War continues to be read and taught and to cause problems in classrooms here in the United States and in such places as England, Australia, Sweden, France, and Japan, among others.

Seven major publishers rejected it over the course of thirteen months in and The reasons?

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Too complicated. Too many characters. A downbeat ending, which teenagers of the s would find difficult to accept. Too violent. Not quite an adult novel, too sophisticated to be a juvenile novel. Too unbelievable. One publisher, however, seriously considered accepting it if some changes were made, particularly to the ending.

I decided not to change or revise the novel. This was not a heroic gesture but an act of innocence.

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Although The Chocolate War does not have that hoped-for happy ending, its history has had happy moments and its share of heroes. Marilyn E. Marlow, my literary agent at Curtis Brown Ltd. Finally, Fabio Coen, then publisher of Books for Young Readers at Pantheon Books and Knopf, the eighth publisher to whom the book was submitted, accepted it for publication in April of I worried about revisions.

Needlessly, as it turned out. But he was doubtful about a short chapter toward the end of the novel. Astonished, I realized it was a chapter I had agonized about earlier, actually removing it at one time, then reinstating it. I had found an editor who shared my instincts and my intentions.High schools -- Fiction. I cannot lose. A relief to the tension.

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