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Michelle Mulder. Maggie and the Chocolate War  
Second Story Press  $14.95  ISBN 978-1-897187-27-2  85 pg.
Reviewed by Tianna, Age 12

Across the city again today, the broadcaster said, children raised placards against the eight-cent candy bar. Protests started three days ago in Ladysmith and are rapidly spreading across the country. Young protesters hope that their boycott will soon return the five-cent price tag to their favorite treat.

This true story takes place in Victoria, British Columbia. In the year of 1947 a fictional character named Maggie and her friend Josephine come up with a plan to protest against eight-cent candy bars. With the help of her friends she gets over a hundred kids to help across Canada.

Maggieís father works at one of the stores that sell eight-cent candy bars and she feels bad about protesting. As she overcomes her fatherís opinion and other friendship trials, she is determined to make the government change prices back to five cents!

Maggie and the Chocolate War is based on a true story. I liked the book because it showed real pictures of the newspaper with the story in it, and kids nowadays would think itís funny that kids went on-strike because chocolate was eight-cents, not five. I would recommend this book if you like historical fiction stories.

Tianna gives Maggie and the Chocolate War 3 stars. I would think that ages 10 and up would enjoy this story. A good read! A KIDSí POWER book!

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