Beyond the Chocolate War
· Laurel Leaf
· Paperback · August 1, 1986 · $6.99 · 978-0-440-90580-6 (0-440-90580-X)
Also available as an eBook.
1. The narrator mentions that the Vigils are allowed to exist at Trinity because they keep the student body in control. At neighboring schools violence has broken out and bomb threats have been made, but not at Trinity. Still, most students agree that something is deeply wrong at the school. Why is Trinity so “creepy”? Which school situation do you think is better?
2. In what ways are Brother Leon and Archie similar or dissimilar? Why won’t people stand up to either of them?
3. Carter tries to stand up to Archie by writing to the corrupt headmaster. Obie tries to kill him. Neither of these plans works. How else could Archie be foiled? What do you think Archie’s greatest fear is?
4. Why does Jerry decide to go back to Trinity despite what has happened to him? What does he mean when he says, “You can look like a loser but don’t have to be one.” (p. 223) Are there other characters who obtain such a sense of freedom?
5. How did you feel at the end of this book? Sad? Angry? How do you think Cormier wants you to feel?