Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Chocolate War, Cormier

When I began reading this book, I started to think of the chocolate sales that many of our schools still participate in.  I know we never co conspired with any student group to promote or not promote the sales.  But, I must say it is a drive that makes one really go nuts.  We actually had one mother take her daughter out of school for the day so she could get a jump start on her sales.  As the Co-Chair of the council my kids sold chocolates, but were never included in the totals, simply because heaven forbid they win something, everyone assumed it was fixed because I was involved in the sales.  I'm so glad I'm done with that nonesense.  If I could give any parent advise it would be to "pull a Jerry Renault".  The fund raising monies never really did anything significant , in my opinion, and only proved that "fundraising is the government education cut backs at work".  I hate the idea that in this particular story line, this was a Educational Institution and their behaviour is appalling.  One question?  Where were the parents of these boys?  

You can tell that I'm deeply affected by this book.  I was also very shocked to see that it was the 30th Anniversary of it's publication.  SHOCKING!   It sort of gives you something to say to all those individuals that claim things are getting worse, they were never that good according to this book.  I know this is a fictitious storyline but... 

I'm giving this book a 5star, I don't think I'll be getting it out of my mind for some time.  I can't remember who recommended this book on their blog, but thank you.  

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Nise' said...

It could have been me as I recently listened to this on audio. I am so glad to be done with all the fundraising stuff too!

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Buongiorno Irene,
è sempre un grande piacere leggere i tuoi commenti :)
Buona giornata, la mia inizia ora che sono le 06:00 del mattino !
Buona giornata.

Susan Williamson said...

I've never read this one, but will definitely put it on my list.

Gini said...

Thank you so much for your warm welcome Irene!

Jenners said...

Sounds like it really hit home with you. I remember reading a review of this recently too but I don't remember where.

Jenny Girl said...

Why yes I can tell this book affected you. Excellent review.
I remember selling candy in grade school, and it was a terrible experience. They made us buy a certain amount of candy up front, and you were out the money if you didn't sell it. Meanwhile my dad was out of work, and the parish was SO not hurting for cash. I didn't eat those type of candy bars for many years because of that.

Jenny the Pirate said...

I too hate chocolate sales and really all scholastic fundraising. It's a headache for all involved. It makes me mad your kids couldn't win prizes lest you and they be criticized, but that's a perfect example of all that's wrong with candy sales.

I also hate the concept of homecoming queen. Don't get me started.

Sounds like a good book.

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