The Chocolate War is the story of Jerry Renault, a stoic loner, and Archie Costello, a scheming and cold-hearted teenager. Both are students at a prestigious Catholic high school ruled by a secret society of pranksters. They become embroiled in a feud when Archie uses Jerry in a prank involving the school's yearly chocolate fundraising drive. The novel proceeds to explore cliques, high school cruelty, and the fallibility of adult educators.

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