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The Chocolate WAr

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

In 1974, after suffering rejections from seven major publishers, The Chocolate War made its debut. An uncompromising portrait of conformity and corruption, it quickly became a bestselling and provocative classic for young adults.


The Chocolate War tells the story of high school freshman Jerry Renault whose prep school is run by a secret society. Its leader, Archie Costello is the master of intimidation. In the school’s annual fund-raising event, a chocolate sale, Jerry refuses to sell his allotment of chocolates. With Archie’s brutal cunning, Jerry turns from hero to outcast to victim.


The Chocolate War is listed as #3 on the “Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009” by the American Library Association. Author Robert Cormier is a recipient of the 1991 Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring his lifetime contribution to writing for teens.

 

The Pigman

 

 

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

Originally published in 1968, this novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Zindel, is an intensely moving story of believably alienated young people.


The protagonists in The Pigman are high school students, John and Lorraine. Seemingly bored with high school and life in general, they make prank phone calls to random people in the telephone book. Through a prank call, they befriend an elderly, lonely man, Mr. Pignati, who invites them into his home and his life. As two greedy and selfish individuals, John and Lorraine abuse the love and generosity of Mr. Pignati.


The Pigman is listed as #39 on the “100 Most Frequently Challenged Books: 1990–1999” by the American Library Association. Author Paul Zindel won the 2002 Margaret A. Edwards Award in which The Pigman was recognized as one of the first authentic young adult novels.

 

 

 

Whale Talker

 Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

In Whale Talk, The Tao Jones (pronounced “The Dow Jones”), or T. J. for short, is the name given to the story’s protagonist by his birth mother. T. J. is intelligent, good-looking, and very athletic though he purposely chooses not to participate in high school sports.


One day his English teacher asks T. J. to organize a swim team despite the fact that the school doesn’t have a swimming pool and there are no swimmers in the school. T. J. recruits a team of school misfits—outsiders. His team works and trains hard despite much opposition, prejudice, and bullying in the school and the community.


Author Chris Crutcher was awarded the 1993 ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature and the 2000 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award. Whale Talk is listed as #41 on the “Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009” by the American Library Association. Author Chris Crutcher is known as one of the most talented young adult authors to combine sports and personal development.

 

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver is the story of Jonas, an eleven-year old boy who lives in the community of Sameness. In this community, life is planned, there are no choices, there is no competition, and everyone lives, looks, and dresses the same. There are no decisions to make. Anyone who doesn’t fit in is released to the community of Elsewhere.


At the age of twelve, citizens of Sameness receive their life assignment. Jonas receives a very special assignment, one that he must accept and cannot fail at.


The Giver is a classic, must-read for everyone. Most notable awards for The Giver include the 1994 Newbery Medal and the 1994 Mock Printz Awardee. The Giver is listed as #11 on the “100 Most Frequently Challenged Books: 1990–1999” and #23 on the “Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009” by the American Library Association.

 

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