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The Chocolate War

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of Nonconformity in the Face of Power and other themes related to The Chocolate War:


Fiction
Golding, William. The Lord of the Flies. New York: Putnam, 1954. When a group of British schoolboys is marooned on a desert island, civilization breaks down and the more brutal aspects of human nature take over. (challenge)

Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders. New York: Viking, 1967. Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy and his gang live on the wrong side of the tracks in their town. After his parents die, his world is shaken up yet again when his best friend kills a member of a rival gang. (average)

Knowles, John. A Separate Peace. New York: Bantam, 1959. This novel explores friendship and violence in the seemingly sheltered environment of a boys' prep school as World War II looms ever larger on the students' horizon. (average)


Nonfiction
Campbell, Patricia. Presenting Robert Cormier. Updated ed. New York: Twayne, 1989. This study of Robert Cormier contains much interesting biographical information, analysis of his work, and a summary of critical reaction to Cormier's writing. It provides teachers and students a useful context for The Chocolate War and the controversy surrounding it. (challenge)