Lara Williamson

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.




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

Books and Writers JNR
Books and Writers JNR

This book totally blew me away. I love it. It’s the best new voice I have read in ages

Cathy Cassidy
Cathy Cassidy

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 hope

Isabel Popple, Children's Book Expert
Isabel Popple , Children's Book Expert


Children's 8-12 years

UK Publication

Usborne Publishing, 1st March 2014

US Publication

On offer

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World English: Usborne Publishing
Italian: De Agostini
Korean: Hyun Mun Media
Romanian: Grupul Librarium
Russian: Ripol
Sinhala: Little House Publishers
Turkish: Pegasus Publishing
Ukrainian:Ridna Mova