Synopsis: Grace’s fun loving Mum has found a lump. Her north London world of sleepovers, tap dancing and playing the clarinet fall apart when she is sent to live with her grumpy old granddad on his farm in Yorkshire while her mother goes into hospital to get better.
Grace misses her mother so much it hurts, and doesn’t quite understand what is happening to her. And things go from bad to worse when she starts school and becomes the bullies newest target.
But Grace is no longer alone when she meets the wild Megan and her pig, Claude – when she’s with them she feels as if she can confront anything. At Easter time when Grace misses her mum the most, she knows she must find a way to get to London. With Megan’s help, she hatches a plan to run away that involves Claude, chocolate Easter eggs and a risky ID swap. But it’s all worth it if it means that she finally gets to see her mum…
A gorgeous story of courage and friendship that will tug at your heart strings.
200words (or less) review: I bought this book purely because so many bloggers were talking about it, never read the blurb. Just took it home sat down and began to read.
Grace is sent to live with her “grumpy” grandfather after her mother finds a lump and begins treatment at the hospital. Grace doesn’t want to go and in the infuriating way of grown-ups doesn’t get told the whole story because they are protecting her.
Not only did I love Jane Elson’s writing and character – I loved the story. There of moments that make you laugh, those that make you cry. A Room Full of Chocolate is a book that shows the value of friendship, love, trust and forgiveness.
Jane Elson touches upon so many subjects in this story; prejudice and bullying being a big part. Grace is a strong girl who stands up for her new friend. As a result she is bullied, that particular part of the story really struck a chord with me. I thought it was realistic and truthful.
I understand why so many people loved this book, it’s wonderful.
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