How did I get it?:
I bought it!
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’ latest target.
But Grace is no longer alone when she meets Rainbow Girl 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 …
This book was picked for me from my blog readers out of the Luna’s Picks selection. I am so glad that this book was picked, because it’s simply beautiful and a book that I can easily see becoming one of my favourite reads of this year. I had heard so much buzz around it from other bloggers so I was so excited to begin it.
Grace is our main character. She is sent to live with her grandfather after her mum finds a lump and goes into hospital for treatment. Grace doesn’t want to go. She wants to stay and care for her mum, and definitely doesn’t want to spend time with her grumpy grandfather. Like many adults when there’s a ‘grown-up problem’, they keep the full story from Grace. They have good intentions. They want to protect her, but Grace is thinking up her own version of events and she’s confused. She just wants her mum.
This book immediately pulled at my heartstrings. I felt emotional right from the offset. The writing is as delicious as chocolate. The characters are fantastic and carries some important messages about the values of love, family, trust, friendship and forgiveness. If that wasn’t enough Jane Elson touches on some very important subjects within A Room Full Of Chocolate. She explores prejudice and bullying deftly.
I devoured the story. It’s one with an important message and a book I personally think should be required reading at school. Delicious!
“Sometimes family isn’t the one you are born into but the people and pigs you collect along the way.”
Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!