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A student named Jerry has problems with Archie Costello, the "Assigner of The Vigils". He is Jerry's main adversary and makes assignments for students to follow. Jerry is ordered not to sell chocolate for two weeks. Much of this book centers on the selling of the chocolates. However, the chocolates fade into the backround as Archie decides that Jerry has defied the The Vigils as well as him. More and more people decide not to sell chocolates and it is not a matter of whether Jerry will listen to Archie but whether Archie still has control over the school.
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He decides to show Jerry that he cannot hope to win against Archie. Archie makes the selling of chocolates popular, kind of like a fad. As more and more students become engrossed in the selling of the chocolates, Jerry is pushed more and more out of society. People avoid him and he gets calls in the middle of the night that just laugh at him. Sadly the only ally that he could have had, the Goober, had been defeated by The Vigils long ago when they pushed him psychologically to the edge by making him take apart a classroom and watch the teachers face as the classroom fell apart. When all the chocolates are sold, Jerry must decide for himself whether he should go on defying The Vigils or not.
The review of this Book prepared by Ron Di

Jerry Renault is a freshman at the New England private school of Trinity High. Student life is quietly but firmly dominated by a secret club that calls itself the Vigils -- particularly by Archie Costello, the sadistic Assigner who comes up with tasks and pranks for boys both inside and outside the club to perform. When Brother Leon, the cruel Assistant Headmaster, gets a good deal on 20,000 boxes of chocolates for the annual fundraiser and insists the students have to sell double the number they have in the past, at double the price, he enlists Archie and the Vigils to help push the mammoth task. But Jerry refuses to participate, which brings the wrath of both Brother Leon and Archie down upon him, with violent results.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school Wild kid(s)?    -   acting savage/like animals

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   1 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   touching of anatomy    -   two guys doing it Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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