Do You Speak Chocolate? by Cas Lester
This witty and wise story follows a friendship that begins not with words – but chocolate.
About the book (9+)
“I just knew we were going to be friends.
Don't ask me to explain why.
I can't. But I just knew.”
Jaz has found the best way to make friends with new girl Nadima, who doesn't speak much English, by offering her a chocolate bar. Nadima grins and offers back some Turkish Delight: the ice is broken and a special friendship begins.
Jaz is outgoing, rebellious, gumptious and a little bit bolshy. But that doesn't stop her from finding it hard that she has no best friend at school anymore; not since Lily went off with Kara… She's not one to get down about things, though – and life starts to look up when Nadima, recently arrived from Syria, comes into their classroom.
Before long the girls are firm friends but the path of true friendship doesn't always run smooth. From a plan to sell Turkish Delight to a fiasco in Charity Challenge Week, Jaz (ever the entrepreneur) seems to be getting everything wrong. Can she find a way to put things right, and restore the wonderful and unique friendship that she has with Nadima?
In Do You Speak Chocolate?, Cas Lester navigates the trials and tribulations of girlhood as well as the challenging and compelling issues of integration, and identity, all with gentle humour and a light touch.
About the author
Cas Lester spent many years having a fabulous time, and a great deal of fun, working in children's television drama with CBBC. She has developed and executive produced many shows, including Jackanory and The Story of Tracy Beaker.Now Cas writes books for children (the Harvey Drew series; Wilfred the Unwise; Nixie The Bad, Bad Fairy). As Patron of Reading at a local primary school, Cas is currently setting up and helping run the school library. She loves working with children and especially doing school visits. She has four children, a daft dog called Bramble and lives in Oxfordshire. You can find Cas on Twitter @TheCasInTheHat
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