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June Book Club Review - A Boy Called Hope

22nd June 2018

Dan Hope has a list of things that he wants to come true that he keep deep inside his head. He wants his sister to go to university at the North Pole and only come back once a year. He wants to help Sherlock Holmes to solve his most daring mystery yet. He wants to be the first eleven-year-old to land on the moon. And most importantly, he wants his estranged dad to love him.

Dan believes that his last wish will be his most impossible to achieve - that is until he sees his dad on TV and knows that this is the way that he can reach him. And when his saint-obsessed best friend Jo gives him the medal of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, and promises that it will help his dream to come true, Dan is determined that Saint Gabriel will help him to reconnect with his dad.

But as Dan's emails to his dad's work address are rebuffed, he starts to lose all hope of seeing him again. That is until his teacher announces that their class will be doing a 'Project Eco Everywhere' which will end with a catwalk of their recycled creations at the TV studios where Dan's dad works. Dan is determined to put on a show that will make his dad love him again, no matter the obstacles that try to get in his way.

A Boy Called Hope is a touching exploration of one boy's quest to connect with his dad, and the discoveries he makes along the way of what it really means to be a family, and what it really means to be a dad. Its all-star list of characters are heartwarming and hilarious in equal parts and it would be hard to pick a favourite between Big Dave, Ninja Grace, Jo and Christopher. Each character teaches us that no matter what life throws at us, there is always a way through to strive towards your hopes and dreams.

As Big Dave says 'Life can't stand still even if we want it to [...] And those changes that seem so scary could lead to exciting things happening in the future.'

Here's what our Organisers thought about it:

'A great read about mixed up families and father figures. Especially appealing for boys who don't want full on action.' Nicky Powell 

'A story all about growing up in our modern world whilst pining for a traditional father figure. A Boy Called Hope takes you on a massive journey of his self discovery and how family life is a bit messed up sometimes but if you look around, you can build your own second family.' Anna Koe 

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