Stunned by his mother's recent death and appalled by the way his father sleepwalks through life, Jerry Renault, a New England high school student, ponders the poster in his locker—Do I dare disturb the universe?
Part of his universe is Archie Costello, leader of a secret school society—the Virgils—and master of intimidation. Archie himself is intimidated by a cool, ambitious teacher into having the Virgils spearhead the annual fund-raising event—a chocolate sale. When Jerry refuses to be bullied into selling chocolates, he becomes a hero, but his defiance is a threat to Archie, the Virgils, and the school. In the inevitable showdown, Archie's skill at intimidation turns Jerry from hero to outcast, to victim, leaving him alone and terribly vulnerable.
Original title: The Chocolate War
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ School
Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Social Issues→ Taking A Stand