The Chocolate War


Robert Cormier

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Throughout the novel, chocolate is a shifting but ever-present symbol—the book’s whole plot is structured around a schoolwide chocolate sale, in which the all-male student body of Trinity high is yearly made to sell chocolate…

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The Black Box

Archie Costello holds the coveted position of “assigner” within the Vigils—the esoteric but powerful secret society that effectively runs Trinity High from behind the scenes. As such, Archie is in charge of devising “assignments”—projects and…

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Jerry’s Poster

It is “traditional” at Trinity High for every student to decorate the inside of his locker with a poster. In the inside of freshman Jerry Renault’s locker, there is a poster of a man…

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