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    • ISBN:9781444916775
    • Publication date:06 Feb 2014

A Room Full of Chocolate

By Jane Elson

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A story of courage and friendship that will tug at your heart strings. A Goodnight Mister Tom for today.

***Winner of Peters Book of the Year 2015 and the Leeds Book Award.***


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.

'A touching, beautifully imagined debut about a young girl coping with her mother's cancer and her grandfather's stubbornness. It's atmosphere reminds me of the central relationship in Goodnight Mr Tom.' Amanda Craig

'At times, desperately moving, and others riotously fun, this is a special book that is destined to charm readers old and young.' We Love This Book

'This is a lovely tale of friendship, tenacity and family secrets.' The Bookseller

Biographical Notes

After performing as an actress and comedy improviser for many years, Jane fell into writing stories and plays. A Room Full of Chocolate was her first book for children and won Peters' Book of the Year and the Leeds Book Award as well as being longlisted for the Branford Boase and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. When she is not writing Jane spends her time running creative writing and comedy improvisation workshops for children with special educational needs. She is also a guest practitioner at Soho Theatre's Writer's Lab. Selected as a New Voice in the Guardian's guide to The Best New Children's Books 2014, Jane is described as 'A new author to watch.'

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  • ISBN: 9781444916751
  • Publication date: 06 Feb 2014
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
Shows just how important friendship and family are... a beautifully written book with real insight. — Parents in Touch
Real authenticity... beautifully written and very moving. * * * * * — Bookbag
Full of emotion and humour... I couldn't put this book down! — The Guardian
I devoured the story. It's one with an important message and a book I personally think should be required at school. Delicious! — Chrissi Reads
Touching story with many light-hearted moments full of endearing, well rounded characters. — Primary Times
A lovely book about courage and friendship. — Cirencester Life
I was so excited to know what happened that I couldn't put it down. — The Guardian
I read this book in one sitting... brilliantly funny and emotional... absolutely full of adventure. * * * * * — ReadingZone
A real 'feel good' read... combines comedy with a cautionary note... a new author to watch. — Sonia Benster (The Children's Bookshop, Huddersfield)
A lovely story. — School Librarian
A captivating warm-hearted story — Ham & High
A truly magical story about the power of friendship in the darkest of times — Jo Clarke, @bookloverjo
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