"Do I dare disturb the universe?"
Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints, edited
by Nicholas J. Karolides, Lee Burress, & John M. Kean (Scarecrow
Press, 1993): "'They Tell You to Do Your Own Thing, But They
Don't Mean It.': Censorship and The Chocolate War" by
Zibby Oneal (pp. 179-184)
Hit List: Frequently Challenged Books for Young
Adults (American Library Association, 1996): discusses The
Chocolate War (pp. 19-23)
Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Social
Grounds by Dawn B. Sova (Facts on File, 1998): discusses The
Chocolate War (pp. 72-75)
Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Political
Grounds by Nicholas J. Karolides (Facts on File, 1998): discusses I
Am the Cheese (pp. 218-227)
Banned in the U.S.A.: A Reference Guide to Book
Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries by Herbert N. Foerstel
(Greenwood Press, 1994): discusses The Chocolate War (pp.
|Robert Cormier is best-known for his controversial 1974
novel The Chocolate War.
| Now considered a YA classic, The
Chocolate War and other books by Cormier have been contested in
censorship battles over school reading lists. See Random House's introduction
and overview of the book, along with a list of other books by
Cormier in Laurel Leaf editions.
The novel opens with the striking sentence, "They
murdered him." That's on the football field. But as
the novel unfolds, we see the groups in this private Catholic boys'
school align themselves against Jerry until peer pressure will very
nearly murder him in actuality.
There are a number of interviews and brief biographies of Cormier on
the Web. Some links include:
Books by Robert Cormier:
||Now and at the Hour
A Little Raw on Monday Mornings
Take Me Where the Good Times Are
The Chocolate War
I Am the Cheese
After the First Death
Eight Plus One
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway
Beyond the Chocolate War
Other Bells for Us to Ring
We All Fall Down
Tunes for Bears to Dance To
I Have Words to Spend
In the Middle of the Night
The Rag and Bone Shop