Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - March 2014 Debut of the Month A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap family. Dan Hope may be an ordinary boy, in an ordinary home, in an ordinary town but he has an extraordinary amount of hope in his heart particularly when it comes to his dad who has left the family home. Perfect for fans of Annabel Pitcher and Frank Cottrell Boyce.
A Piece of Passon from the Publisher:
This is a book about a boy, Dan Hope. A story about his dreams and wishes, his fears and worries, and his search for hope. Because in life sometimes things are complicated and messy, not everyone is perfect, things can surprise us, they can make us laugh but they can also make us cry. This is Dan's story, about what makes the world go round, what brings people and families together, and most of all, how hope helps you dream. It's a book that we all loved and we couldn't be more proud to share the wonder that is A Boy called Hope with you.
After his dad ran off with the lady from the chip shop, everything got a bit topsy-turvy – from his sister acting strangely (and his mum’s new boyfriend even more so) to his dad turning up as a local TV presenter. Now Dan is on a quest to make things right, starting with getting his dad back. But when Dan’s dad doesn’t reply to his emails, a class project to immortalize a hero seems like the perfect opportunity to impress him. When Dan’s plan goes pear-shaped however, it’s his mum’s boyfriend who is there to help and comfort him. And Dan starts to realise that maybe you don’t need to share a surname with someone for them to be part of your family.
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“This book totally blew me away. I love it. It's the best new voice I have read in ages.” - Cathy Cassidy
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
|Publication date:||1st March 2014|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners, Reviewed by Children|
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.More About Lara Williamson
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