The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier
Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge
Robert Cormier's favorite character is Archie Costello! (source).
Cormier was an award winning journalist, who published a long standing "human interest" column Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel and Enterprise, under the pseudonym John Fitch IV (source).
The Chocolate War was rejected by seven publishers! (source)