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Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma Donoghue

“Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing.”
Emma Donoghue, Room

Book Description

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough ... not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.


If you are looking for a book that will captivate your heart and let you escape for a while this summer, you should reach for Room by Emma Donoghue.

“When I was a little kid I thought like a little kid, but now I'm five I know everything”
Jack, Room

Jack, a five-year-old boy, has never seen the world outside of his little room, kept captive with his mother since he was born. Jack is not an unhappy child however; he doesn't know that the world outside exists. He plays, eats and exercises alongside his Ma and is quite content, even if he does have to sleep in the wardrobe when Old Nick comes over during the night. One day a great plan his mother devises, changes everything in the little boy's life.

This beautiful and absolutely heartwarming novel, written from the young boy's perspective, talks about difficult topics such as fear, isolation, survival and the bond between a mother and son. Seeing this story from the boy's point of view makes this read only more original, sometimes heartbreaking and shocking with a sprinkle of hope and inspiration.

This book, based on real-life events, makes us ask difficult questions about the world, cruelty, and the psychology of a child's mind. As well as a great story, there are lessons to be uncovered in the pages of this book such as how love can give strength even in the most challenging of circumstances.

About the writer:

Dublin born Emma Donoghue is an Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter. Her 2010 novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an international best-seller

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