Lara Williamson

A Boy Called Hope

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Dan Hope has a list of ten wishes. No. 1 is for a new sister. No. 6 is for a swimming pool full of Coco Pops. And no. 10 is for a dad who loves him. Since Dad ran off with the chip-shop lady, Dan’s life has gone a bit strange – so he has to get Dad back. But as one genius plan after another goes pear-shaped, will his biggest wish ever come true? Thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny – a bold and astonishingly moving book about family life in all its shapes and sizes. A Boy Called Hope has been shortlisted for a number of awards, including the Waterstones’ Book Prize 2015 and the IBW Award, and has won the Hillingdon Secondary Book of the Year and the Hounslow Junior Book Award. Lara’s second book, The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair, was Waterstones Book of the Month in October 2015 and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016. Lara Williamson was born and studied in Northern Ireland before moving to London. After working at magazines including ELLE and New Woman, Lara became Beauty Editor at J17. She now writes full-time and lives with her family in London.