A Room Full of Chocolate
Synopsis: ‘If Finn Maison shouts jump you jump or you are dead.’
Twelve-year-old Willem has Aspergers Syndrome and two main aims in life: to fly and to make at least two friends of his own age. But all the other boys from the Beckham Estate do is make him jump off things. First his desk – and now the wall. As his toes teeter on the edge, Sasha Barton gives him a tiny little wink. Might she become his friend?
Bullied by Finn and his gang the Beckham Estate Boyz, Willem has no choice but to jump. As he flies through the air he flaps his arms, wishing he could fly and escape into the clouds. Instead he comes crashing down and breaks his ankle.
Sasha, angry with herself for not stopping Finn and his Boyz, is determined to put things right. And soon, while the gangs riot on their estate, Willem and Sasha form an unlikely friendship. Because they share a secret. Sasha longs to fly too.
And when Magic Man Archie arrives with stories of war-flying spitfires, he will change the lives of the kids on the Beckham Estate for ever. And perhaps find a way for Willem and Sasha to fly…
200words (or less) review: Following on from A Room Full of Chocolate I was excited to read Jane Elson’s next book.
Willem is set extra homework by his teacher, to make 2 friends. His grandmother doesn’t count the teacher says. So after he breaks his leg at school (being forced to jump from a wall by a school bully) and Sasha comes to see him, he thinks there might be potential for the first friend there.
I have mixed feelings about this book, I liked the idea of the story as I did the idea of the characters but I never connected to any of them. Willem, Sasha, ‘Magic Man Archie’, Willem’s grandmother… I wanted to care about these people but I didn’t and I’m not sure why that is.
How To Fly with Broken Wings was enjoyable but I would always recommend A Room Full of Chocolate first.