Historical Context

The 1960s/1970s Counterculture
The Chocolate War was written in the early seventies and published in 1974. Its story is told...

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The Chocolate War Setting

Set at a prestigious Catholic high school in New England, The Chocolate War takes place in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Beyond its...

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The Chocolate War Literary Qualities

The Chocolate War offers a harrowing glimpse into human society and relationships, conveying its powerful message through a wealth of...

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The Chocolate War Social Sensitivity

Controversy has surrounded The Chocolate War since its appearance in the 1970s. Critics, parents, and educators cited its political...

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The Chocolate War Topics for Discussion

1. Many readers are disturbed by the conclusion of the novel because it is not a "happy ending." Others claim that it is the only sensible...

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The Chocolate War Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Several other well-known and popular novels deal with private schools as reflections of society and human nature. Compare The Chocolate...

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The Chocolate War Topics for Further Study

Pretend that you are Brian Cochran, treasurer for the chocolate sale. Design an accounts sheet on which you would be able to record the...

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The Chocolate War Related Titles / Adaptations

The Chocolate War was adapted to the screen in a 1988 film production directed by Keith Gordon and starring John Glover as Brother...

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The Chocolate War Media Adaptations

The film version of The Chocolate War, produced by Jonathan D. Krane and Simon R. Lewis, and directed by Keith Gordon, was released in...

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The Chocolate War What Do I Read Next?

I Am the Cheese, Cormier's second young adult novel, published in 1977, is an effective psychological thriller based on the U.S....

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The Chocolate War For Further Reference

Campbell, Patricia. Presenting Robert Cormier. New York: Twayne, 1985. A thorough critical study of Cormier's novels and stories....

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The Chocolate War Bibliography

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Campbell, Patricia J. Presenting Robert Cormier. Boston: Twayne, 1985.

Coats, Karen. “Abjection and Adolescent Fiction.” JPCS: Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society 5 (Fall, 2000): 290-300.

Gallo, Donald R. “Reality and Responsibility: The Continuing Controversy over Robert Cormier’s Books for Young Adults.” In The VOYA Reader. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1990.

Hyde, Margaret O. Robert Cormier. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2005.

Ishandert, Sylvia Patterson. “Readers, Realism, and Robert Cormier.” Children’s Literature 15 (1987): 7-18.

Karolides, Nicholas J., ed. Censored Books, II: Critical Viewpoints, 1985-2000. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow, 2002.

Keeley, Jennifer. Understanding “I Am the Cheese.” San Diego: Lucent, 2001.

Myers, Mitzi. “’No Safe Place to Run To’: An Interview with Robert Cormier.” The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children’s Literature 24 (September, 2000): 445-464.

Tarr, C. Anita. “The Absence of Moral Agency in Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War.” Children’s Literature 30 (2002): 96-124.

Veglahn, Nancy. “The Bland Face of Evil in the Novels of Robert Cormier.” The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children’s Literature 2 (June 12, 1988): 12-18.

The Chocolate War Bibliography and Further Reading

Norma Bagnall, "Realism How Realistic Is It? A Look at The Chocolate War," in Top of the News, Vol 36, no...

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