Beyond the Chocolate War (Mass Market Paperbound)

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The school year is almost at an end, and the chocolate sale is past history.But no one at Trinity School can forget The Chocolate War.
Devious Archie Costello, commander of the secret school organizationcalled the Virgils, stall has some torturous assignments to hand out before he graduates.In spite of this pleasure, Archie is troubled by his right-hand man, Obie, who has started to move away from the Virgils.Luckily Archie knows his stooges will fix that.But won't Archie be shocked when he discovers the surprise Obie has waiting for him?
And there are surprises waiting for others.The time for revenge has come to those boys who secretly suffered the trials of Trinity.The fuse is set for the final explosion.Who will survive?

About the Author

Robert Cormier (pronounced kor-MEER) lived all his life in Leominster, Massachusetts, a small town in the north-central part of the state, where he grew up as part of a close, warm community of French Canadian immigrants. His wife, Connie, also from Leominster, still lives in the house where they raised their three daughters and one son-all adults now. They never saw a reason to leave. "There are lots of untold stories right here on Main Street," Cormier once said.
A newspaper reporter and columnist for 30 years (working for the "Worcester Telegram "and "Gazette "and the "Fitchburg Sentinel"), Cormier was often inspired by news stories. What makes his works unique is his ability to make evil behavior understandable, though, of course, still evil. "I'm very much interested in intimidation," he told an interviewer from "School Library Journal," "And the way people manipulate other people. And the obvious abuse of authority." All of these themes are evident in his young adult classic and best-known book, "The Chocolate War," A 15-year-old fan of his said, "You always write from inside the person."
Cormier traveled the world, from Australia (where he felt particularly thrilled by putting his hand in the Indian Ocean) and New Zealand to most of the countries in Europe, speaking at schools, colleges, and universities and to teacher and librarian associations. He visited nearly every state in the nation. While Cormier loved to travel, he said many times that he also loved returning to his home in Leominster.
Cormier was a practicing Catholic and attended parochial school, where in seventh grade, one of his teachers discovered his ability to write.But he said he had always wanted to be a writer: "I can't remember a time when I wasn't trying to get something down on paper." His first poems were published in the "Leominster Daily Enterprise," and his first professional publication occurred while he was a freshman at Fitchburg State College. His professor, Florence Conlon, sent his short story, without his knowledge, to "The Sign," a national Catholic magazine. The story, titled "The Little Things That Count," sold for $75.
Cormier's first work as a writer was at radio station WTAG in Worcester, MA, where he wrote scripts and commercials from 1946 to 1948. In 1948, he began his award-winning career as a newspaperman with the "Worcester Telegram, "first in its Leominster office and later in its Fitchburg office. He wrote a weekly human-interest column, "A Story from the Country," for that newspaper.
In 1955, Cormier joined the staff of the "Fitchburg Sentinel," which later became the "Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel and Enterprise," as the city hall and political reporter. He later served as wire and associate editor and wrote a popular twice-weekly column under the pseudonym John Fitch IV. The column received the national K.R. Thomason Award in 1974 as the best human-interest column written that year. That same year, he was honored by the New England Associated Press Association for having written the best news story under pressure of deadline. He left newspaper work in 1978 to devote all his time to writing.
Robert Cormier's first novel, "Now and at the Hour, "was published in 1960. Inspired by his father's death, the novel drew critical acclaim and was featured by "Time "magazine for five weeks on its "RecommendedReading" list. It was followed in 1963 by "A Little Raw on Monday Mornings "and in 1965 by "Take Me Where the Good Times Are, "also critically acclaimed. The author was hailed by the "Newark Advocate" as being "in the first rank of American Catholic novelists."
In 1974, Cormier published "The Chocolate War, "the novel that is still a bestseller a quarter century after its publication. Instantly acclaimed, it was also the object of censorship attempts because of its uncompromising realism. In a front-page review in a special children's issue of "The New York Times Book Review," it was described as "masterfully structured and rich in theme," and it went on to win countless awards and honors, was taught in schools and colleges throughout the world, and was translated into more than a dozen languages. "I Am the Cheese "followed in 1977 and "After the First Death" in 1979.
These three books established Cormier as a master of the young adult novel. In 1991, the Young Adult Services Division of the American Library Association presented him with the Margaret A. Edwards Award, citing the trio of books as "brilliantly crafted and troubling novels that have achieved the status of classics in young adult literature."
In 1982, Cormier was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English and its Adolescent Literature Assembly (ALAN) for his "significant contribution to the field of adolescent literature" and for his "innovative creativity."
"8 Plus 1," an anthology of short stories that have appeared in such publications as the "Saturday Evening Post, The Sign, "and "Redbook," was published in 1980. In later years, many of the stories in the collection, notably "TheMoustache," "President Cleveland, Where Are You?" and "Mine on Thursdays," appeared in anthologies and school textbooks. The collection also received the World of Reading Readers' Choice Award, sponsored by Silver Burdett & Ginn, especially notable because young readers voted for Cormier to receive the prize.
"I Have Words to Spend," a collection of his newspaper and magazine columns, was published in 1991, assembled and edited by his wife, Connie.
Robert Cormier's other novels include "The Bumblebee Flies Anyway," 1983; "Beyond the Chocolate War, "1985; "Fade," 1988; "Other Bells for Us to Ring," 1990; "We All Fall Down," 1991; "Tunes for Bears to Dance To," 1992; "In the Middle of the Night," 1995; "Tenderness, "1997; "Heroes," 1998; and "Frenchtown Summer," 1999. This novel won the "Los Angeles Times "Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction in April 2000. All his novels have won critical praise and honors.
"In the Middle of the Night" and "Tenderness" were short-listed for the Carnegie Medal in England, and "Heroes" received a "Highly Commended" citation for that same award, unique honors because the Carnegie is traditionally awarded to a British book.
Cormier's novels have frequently come under attack by censorship groups because they are uncompromising in their depictions of the problems young people face each day in a turbulent world. Teachers and librarians have been quick to point out that his novels are eminently teachable, valuable, and moral. His novels are taught in hundreds of schools and in adolescent literature courses in colleges and universities.
Though many of his books are described as written for young adults, in fact people of all ages read and enjoy Cormier's work. His themes of the ordinariness of evil and what happens when good people stand by and do nothing are treated seriously, and he never provides the easy comfort of a happy ending. Cormier's gripping stories explore some of the darker corners of the human psyche, but always with a moral focus and a probing intelligence that compel readers to examine their own feelings and ethical beliefs.
In an interview last year, Cormier was asked if he had accomplished what he set out to do at the beginning of his writing career. He answered with characteristic humility: "Oh, yes. My dream was to be known as a writer and to be able to produce at least one book that would be read by people. That dream came true with the publication of my first novel-and all the rest has been a sweet bonus. All I've ever wanted to do, really, was to write." That writing has left the world a legacy of wonderful books, a body of work that will endure.

Praise For…

"Robert Cormier has written a brilliant sequel, more finely crafted, denser in plotting, and more subtle in character nuance than at his debut ten years ago as a YA author.  Beyond the Chocolate War is a Newberry Medal candidate-if not the hands-down winner."-Children's Book Review Service

"No one has read Robert Cormier's young adult novel The Chocolate War can forget the anguish of that fight under the spotlights at the Trinity School...Mr. Cormier is almost unique in his powerful integration of the personal, politcal, and moral.  Beyond the Chocolate War is very much a sequel."-The New York Times Book Review

"Readers will be riveted to this suspensful novel...After reading this sequel readers will probably demand to read its predecessor if they haven't already read it.  The best of Cormier's highly acclaimed novels..."-Voice of Youth Advocates

Product Details
ISBN: 9780440905806
ISBN-10: 044090580X
Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library
Publication Date: August 1st, 1986
Pages: 288
Language: English