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The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War


by Robert Cormier

The Chocolate War Resources


Robert Cormier, In the Spotlight

Visit Cormier's author page at Random House.


Check out The Chocolate War's webpage.

Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel and Enterprise

A link to the website for the newspapers where Cormier published for most of his life.

Author Profile

Read what Cormier has to say about good, evil, and much more.

A Biography

Interested in the man behind the book? This bio is full of juicy facts on our author.

Movie or TV Productions

The Chocolate War

A 1988 film.


An Obituary

Here's a quote, just to get you interested: "Every topic is open, however shocking. It is the way that the topics are handled that's important, and that applies whether it is a 15-year-old who is reading your book or someone who is 55."

"Chocolate War author battles effort to ban book"

Read about how Cormier defends The Chocolate War from the censors.

"Chocolate as Capital"

This is Janet Maslin's review of the film, for The New York Times.

"Too Controversial for Bookshelves"

The Chocolate War in Time magazine.


Read about some of the challenges to The Chocolate War.



Watch the trailer for the 1988 film.


An Excerpt From the Audio Nook

Got eyestrain? Use your ears instead!


A Book Cover

Jerry looks like he's really in the clouds.

Another Book Cover

Is Jerry chasing his shadow? What could this mean?

Robert Cormier

If you think Cormier might be as pessimist, his wide grin might change your mind.

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