Lara's debut novel, A Boy Called Hope has been shortlisted for lots of prizes, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the IBW Book Award, and won the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2015 and the Salford Children's Book Award 2016. Her second novel, The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair, was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Lara was born and studied in Northern Ireland, before moving to London. She loves tap-dancing, daydreaming, eating chips, wearing glitter and writing. Not necessarily in that order.
A Boy Called Hope was a standout debut in 2014, and this shows the
same emotional depth and poignancy, though told with a very
accessible lightness of touch. * The Bookseller *
A brave boy with a big imagination sets out on an epic voyage of "discovery, helped by a snail called Brian. * The Mirror *
A touching, funny tale. * The Sunday Express *
An incredibly emotional read, all because of Lara's perfectly crafted characters, writing and storytelling. A story of friendship, love, loss and so much more, touching on subjects rarely addressed. I am incredibly excited to read more of Lara's work in the future. * BookMonsters *
Beckett follows his dreams and ends the story happier and wiser - and so will you. * The Week Junior *