Reader Reviewed Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson
  

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

Written by Lara Williamson

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

March 2017 Book of the Month A touching and amusing story about belonging and the search for an heroic identity. Adam has always known that he was adopted and it never seemed to matter. After all, he loves his mum and dad and even his sisters Minnie and Velvet. But when he overhears his mum talking about a secret he jumps to the wrong conclusion and begins to feel left out. Determined to take matters into his own hands Adam dreams of finding his real mother and of making himself more special by becoming a superhero. Adam’s explorations of himself will touch all those who are exploring their own sense of themselves. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy takes a poignant look at family and friendship. Full of hope, heartbreak and humour – in Lara’s words “it’s about realising that being who you are is quite enough. And it is.”

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 12 - 'An adventure with a difference. Happy, sad, funny and emotional. A good way of getting children to understand adoption I think, but done in a really clever way. Prepare for a few tears!'
  • Emily Walklett, age 12 - 'Absolutely brilliant- totally absorbed with this book from page 1! Instant likeability! This book gets full marks!'
  • Lewis Briggs, age 10 - 'I loved this book! This could win so many famous awards for its greatness! I will recommend this fabulous book to all my friends.'
  • Sam Harper, age 12 - 'A really good story about the importance of family and the love that holds them together. This will make you feel happy, sad and very glad you read it.'
  • Toby Little, age 9 - 'I like this book because it shows a lot of truth about who you can be and what you can do. Whether you are young or old, big or small, you can change the world around you.'
  • Elizabeth Bridgeman, age 9 - 'I love this book. Filled with excitement and sadness. My rating is 5 stars and provide this to 8+.'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 9 - 'I really liked this book. I give it 5* and recommend it to 8+. It’s funny, exciting and emotional. It’s full of fun adventures that sometimes Adam finds hard.'
  • Josh, age 9  - 'An amazing book about a boy who wants to make his sad mum happy again!'
  • Katie Bavister, age 11 - 'Fantastic book.  Brilliant characters, fantastic storyline.  Definitely one to read.'
  • Christian, age 11 from Blenheim Primary School - 'This book didn't approve my standards because I found it very slow which aren't my kind of books.'

Synopsis

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson

Adam Butters is happy with his adoptive family but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel like a part of him is missing. Especially when he finds his birth certificate with his original name, Ace, on. He has two names, two identities – just like a Superhero!

And Adam is determined to be superhero. He’s going to save a life, help animals and old people, and make everyone happy. He thinks this will make his adoptive mum stop being so sad and his real mum want him again. But it’s not the easiest of superhero missions, and it takes a painful discovery for him to realise you don’t have to be super to be a hero.

All Lara’s books have something in common; they are about families. Lara says; “Mostly I explore themes that can affect families: loss of a loved one, rejection, disappointment, separation from a parent, illness but they’re balanced with other things that surround families like love, acceptance, connection with a parent, happiness and contentment.”

Reviews

“This book totally blew me away. I love it. It's the best new voice I have read in ages.” - Cathy Cassidy on A Boy Called Hope

About the Author

Lara Williamson

Lara Williamson was born and studied in Northern Ireland. After work experience at Marie Claire and freelancing for various magazines including ELLE and New Woman, Lara eventually settled at J17 where, as Beauty Editor, she wrote and styled shoots. Lara won The Jasmine Awards for Best Article in a Youth Title and more recently received an Honorary Mention in Undiscovered Voices 2012.

A Boy Called Hope, Lara’s first novel, was shorlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2015 and the Independent Booksellers' Week Award 2014.

She currently lives in London with her family.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
304 pages
Interest Age: From 9 years

Author

Lara Williamson
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Author's Website

larawilliamson.weebly.com/

Publisher

Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st March 2017

ISBN

9781474921305

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