A Boy Called Hope
Author: Lara Williamson
Dan Hope is 11 years old. His dad left his family when he was little. One day, after arguing with Dan's mother, his dad walked out the door and never came back. Dan is starting to feel his dad's absence more and more. His best friend Jo, who is crazy about saints, and his new-found friend Christopher, expert at Taekwondo, help him get through his sorrow over his dad, and find a way to accept his mum's new boyfriend into his life. And through all this he has his annoying older sister to worry about as well.
A Boy Called Hope is a moving story about a boy's search for his dad. Dan is a funny and likeable boy who tackles the questions he has in his life head on. His determination to find answers is inspiring and will make the reader laugh as well as cry. Dan never gives up hope and always finds new ways to tackle the challenges he faces - whether it's trying to find his dad or mend his friendships.
Lara Williamson was born and studied in Northern Ireland, before moving to London. After working for magazines including ELLE and New Woman, Lara became beauty editor at J17. The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair is her second novel.
What you thought...
Great story about a boy in search of a lost love, but it also talks about family issues and friendship, besides other relevant topics. Totally recommend it!
Susi, Brazil, 12 April 2019
The only and one book that moved me to tears! I absolutely love it!
Anonymous, 10 February 2019
not my book type
smjörvi, china, 04 February 2019
Such and amazing book! Started reading it and couldn't stop! Just disappointed with the really sad ending I thought everything would end up ok with Daniel's dad.
Carol, ACS Schools, 27 March 2017
I really enjoyed this book because is sometimes makes me laugh and at the end it surprised because Dans mum is pregnant and when his dad dies it really made me sad. But overall I really love this book because it was like a rollercoster sometimes letting you down but never boring you.I would read this book over and over and never get bored.I recommend this book ages 11 or over please read this book you will realise how amazing it is.Thanks for listening and most imporantly keep on reading.
Hattie, Thorn primary school, 12 December 2016
I love this book. Just as amazing as it looks. I would recommend this book to kids 11+ as there is language that younger children would hear and would like to hear.
Jake, Thorn Primary school, 12 December 2016
I love this book. It is the best book and everyone in my book club loved this book. I would recommend this book to everyone over 11. My favourite part is when Dan finds out his mum is pregnant and his dad is dieing.
Kourtney-Leigh, Thorn primary school, 12 December 2016
I liked this book because it makes me laugh and is really sad when his dad dies.
Sarah, Thorn primary school, 12 December 2016
An amazing book-havent finished it yet but I dont want it to come to an end 😋 Thankyou Lara for writing it - Well done of such a brilliant piece of writing!
Rosey, 24 April 2016
I really enjoyed this book its funny and sad. it made me sad at the end when dan's dad dies :( but i thought the part where dan and his sister snook into daves garden to see if he had a wife was really funny for me i loved this book i recommend this book to people 11+. :)
Holly Reeves, Retford Oaks Academy, 10 March 2015
It was horrible and my father WILL be hearing about this terrible excuse of a muggle book!
Draco Malfoy, Hogwarts, 04 February 2015
This book was not as exciting. It will surely give a big impact and effect on young readers, about their lives and how they live. It had a really sad ending.
Assal, Queen Elizabeth Girls School, 16 January 2015
I really liked this book. There were some funny and some really sad parts. Dan Hope, the main character sees his missing father on television as a celebrity. He badly wants to see him and so he writes letters telling him of his ambition to build a rocket. I think a lot of people will enjoy this book, so if you are over 9 and like sad/happy humour, then you will love this book.
Ben, St James Catholic High School, 13 January 2015
This book is amazing! I'm not actually a fan of books myself but this book has fascinated me in ways you wouldn't understand! Thank you Lara Williamson for creating this book. It is one heck of a journey for Dan!! I just started secondary school last term. The start of my second term is going fantastic! Have a Happy New Year everyone! From Charlie Shaw
Charlie, Bourne End Academy/ Wye Valley School, 06 January 2015
This book had lots of twists and turns and happy and sad bits.
Daniel, St Barts, 19 December 2014
Nyah, gordano, 28 November 2014
I really enjoyed reading this book because it was funny, hilarious and sad. I liked all the characters including Daniel Hope and his dad. My favourite part was when he wrote a letter to his dad and said " I feel sad so I've tried to turn this tear splash into a monster." I really laughed at the picture beside it. I didn't particularly like the ending when Dan's dad died (it made me very upset and nearly made me cry).Also I found all the drawings in the book funny like the yeti man Kelvin. ...
Nitin, Hymers Collage, 20 November 2014
This is a funny and moving book. My favourite bit is the middle when Dan sees his Dad in person because it is the most emotional bit in the story as well as the end of the story when something terrible happens. This book also teaches you that family is important. Overall this is a good book and I would recommend it to students of 11+.
Tom, Hymers College, 20 November 2014
I really like this book about Daniel trying to get his Dad back. My favourite part was when Dan and Chris were at the back of the stage and had to play the song Over the Rainbow. Also it was good when the Mum had a baby and Dan and Chris called them Faith and Hope. It was also cool when Dan and big Dave went out playing football together. It was really surprising when Kit ended up being Christ. It was also surprising when after all that time Caroline was actually a song, not his wife.
Joseph, Hymers Collage, 19 November 2014
This book is amazing! Definitely one of the best books I have ever read. when I first saw the book I knew I needed this book then when I saw the author talking about the book my jaw literally dropped down and stayed there for at least a good five minutes. When I got the actual book I almost fainted by reading the blurb. the book is about a boy named Dan Hope who has a lot of hope. Daniel has a sister who is a word ninja and trust me you don't want to mess with a word ninja. Well Daniels bi...
Olivier, Hymers Collage, 18 November 2014
This book is brilliant. Definitely a great book to read. It contains mystery, excitement and makes you want to read on. Dan Hope has to deal with his sister otherwise known as Ninja Grace, I find I have something like that in my family. I love how Dan tries to find his dad after seeing him reporting on the news. This book is great for people aged 9 or over as it contains a lot of humour which I love in a book.
Cameron, Hymers College, 18 November 2014
I loved this book. Dan Hope is such an amazing character, what I like about him, is that he is an ordinary boy. He is not a superhero, he is not an alien, he is just Dan Hope. We are riding on the emotional rollercoaster that is Dan's life. Sometimes we are thinking, " Yes! This is going to be great." other times, we are thinking, " Oh Dan, you've really blown it!" It shows us that there can be magic in any life, if love is present.
Charlotte, Hymers, 18 November 2014
I waited for every for this book, now I've read it, it was definitely worth the wait! I recommend this to anyone, I LOVED it!
Iris, Dene Magna, 14 November 2014
Amazing i really enjoyed this book it's one of the best books i have ever read! Still on red card.
Rowan, Castleford, 06 November 2014
This book is about as the title suggests a boy called Hope with a bit of a bucket list!!! Hope has many targets such as to get rid of his sister
harveyb, Swanwick Hall School, 20 October 2014
This book is amazing. I love it. It is a moving story and is awesome.
Eve, Lady Manners School, 16 October 2014
i want this book becouse it looks interesting and i think the boy gets lost
alinoor, hathershaw college, 11 October 2014
A boy called hope is an amazing, heartwarming book about a young boy (11) called Dan Hope. Dan is a daydreamer and has a list of things he wants to happen in his head,the wish he wants to come true the most is for his dad to like him . Read the book to find out how Dan and his dad will be reunited and if they will become friends once again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Stephy, 07 October 2014
I love this book Such a page turner! Plz read this if you luv diary of a wimpy kid and Geek girl!
Jess, Dene Magna, 07 October 2014
a great book sounds great!
billy, misbourne, 03 October 2014
cannot wait to read it as it is right up my street as i have been through the same thing as the character, so i know how he feels.
sian, the misbourne, 02 October 2014
This book sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it.
Adnan, Kingsbury High School, 14 September 2014
Life affirming and poignant, A Boy Called Hope is a stunning debut with a highly endearing hero at its heart.
Jake, 30 April 2014
A Boy Called Hope is a book that will be loved by many readers. Sometimes desperately sad, sometimes hilarious, it’s told in the unique and very appealing voice of 11 year-old Dan (and with a wonderful dog called Charles Scallybones the First!).
Rosemary, 30 April 2014
A Boy Called Hope is one of my favourite books of 2014 so far. I found it to be a captivating and inspirational story that also had me crying with laughter at times. It is a story that shows that hope is a wonderful thing, and although things don't always turn out the way you want them to and will rarely be perfect, sometimes things happen for a reason and a little bit of hope can go a long way to making things better.
Darren, 30 April 2014