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Book Reviews: A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson

Book Reviews: A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson
A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson
Published by Hodder Children's on 6 February 2014
Format: Paperback
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 ...


A gorgeous story of courage and friendship that will tug at your heart strings.

Reviewed by Maisy, age 9


In the book shop, the reason I was drawn to this book was that it had the word ‘chocolate’ written boldly on the front cover and since I love chocolate, it looked an amazing book. So I read the blurb and was intrigued to read more. In Jane Elson’s book, Grace and her Mum are as happy as can be…until Mum gets a lump and is diagnosed with cancer. Grace is devastated when her Mum gets sent to hospital and Grace has to go to live with grumpy old Grandad. Eventually, Grace makes a friend called Megan and starts to enjoy living in York, but still misses her Mum. This book really made me want to cry one minute, and then a pig would run across the yard in the book or Grace would slip into the mud, and suddenly I find myself almost wetting my pants laughing so much. Also, it really pulled at my heart strings, it’s such a lovely book and very emotional. Another thing that I loved was that each character learnt a lesson, for example Megan’s mum learnt not to smoke, Grace’s Mum learnt to share important things with close family and Megan and Grace learnt not to run away because it makes lots of people cry and worry. I would give this book five stars because it was hilarious and emotional at the same time and I really like books like that. I loved the book so much that I wish I could change one of my top five books in my biography to this one.


One Comment

  1. Hi Rachel,
    Love the style of this new reviewer. She knows what she likes and is proud to show it.Excellent observation and appreciation of the Author’s skill in using the juxtaposition of pathos and humour.I look forward to seeing more from your latest star.
    Peace and love to all book walruses.Terry

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