The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Copyright: 1974

In only the first chapter and a half, there is numerous cursing, a reference to masturbation, and a character outright tells another that he does not believe in Jesus because He was "just a popular figure who caught people's eye" more or less. The critic put it down after that.

Research on the book uncovered that, because of the novel's language, the concept of a high school's secret society using extreme violence to enforce the cultural norms of the school, and the protagonist's sexual ponderings, it has been the frequent target of censors and appears at number three on the American Library Association's list of the "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books in 2000-2009."

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