The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War

By Robert Cormier

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780375829871, 253pp.

Publication Date: September 14, 2004

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 Outsiders" and John Knowles's "A Separate Peace."
After suffering rejection from seven major publishers, "The Chocolate War" made its debut in 1974, and quickly became a bestselling and provocative classic for young adults. This chilling portrait of an all-boys prep school casts an unflinching eye on the pitfalls of conformity and corruption in our most elite cultural institutions.
Masterfully structured and rich in theme; the action is well crafted, well timed, suspenseful. "The New York Times Book Review"
The characterizations of all the boys are superb. "School Library Journal," starred review
Compellingly immediate. . . . Readers will respect the uncompromising ending. "Kirkus Reviews," starred review
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year
A "Kirkus Reviews" Editor's Choice
A "New York Times" Outstanding Book of the Year.

Praise For The Chocolate War

"The Chocolate War is masterfully structured and rich in theme; the action is well crafted, well timed, suspenseful; complex ideas develop and unfold with clarity."-The New York Times Book Review

"The characterizations of all the boys are superb...  This novel [is] unique in its uncompromising portrait of human cruelty and conformity."-School Library Journal, starred review

"The novel is cleverly written with a good sense of the realistic and a good ear for dialouge, qualities which will attract any reader."-Bestsellers

"Robert Cormier has written a brilliant novel."-Children's Book Revie Service