The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier is a story about a boy at an all boys Catholic high school who decides to rebel against a school tradition. He also gets involved with a secret high school society. The book addresses friendship, bullying, and teacher student relationships. I enjoyed this book, and I think that it would be a good choice for teen boys. There are several mentions of male arousal and self-pleasure, but they aren’t overly explicit and some students might not pick up on them. For that reason I might not use it in a classroom, but I think with parent permission it would be fine. This book is best for early high school in my opinion. There is another novel, Beyond the Chocolate War which Cormier also wrote that continuing the story of the secret society and students at the school. I will read and review it sometime in the future.
An ALA Best Books for Young Adults
A School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Choice
A New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year
Margaret A Edwards Award