Shortlisted for the Waterstones children’s book prize 2015
I’m Dan Hope, and deep inside my head I keep a list of things I want to come true. For example, I want my sister, Ninja Grace, to go to university at the North Pole and only come back once a year.
I want to help Sherlock Holmes solve his most daring mystery yet. And if it could be a zombie mystery, all the more exciting. I want to be the first eleven-year old to land on the moon. I want my dog to stop eating the plants and throwing them up on the carpet.
And finally, the biggest dream of all, I want my dad to love me.
Dan Hope is no ordinary eleven-year-old. After his dad ran off with the lady from the chip shop, everything got a bit topsy-turvy. Now he’s on a quest to make things right, starting with getting his dad to love him again.View book
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“Thought provoking and laugh-out-loud funny. A bold and moving book about family life in all its shapes and sizes.”
“Warm, heartbreaking and hilarious in turn... a fabulous book about love, families and making sense of life.”
“This book totally blew me away. I love it. It's the best new voice I have read in ages.”
“Williamson’s writing is witty and natural, the characters completely engaging, and the story laugh out loud funny in places, heartbreaking in others, but ultimately full of…”
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“A Boy Called Hope is a 2014 debut that you do not want to miss, whatever age you are. The writing is beautiful, honest, and enjoyable”