Author Focus: Lara Williamson

So for our very first Author Focus we thought we would pick a female author who has created some truly awesome fiction that has been enjoyed by thousands of children up and down the land! She has created some great fiction such as A Boy Called Hope, The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair and Just Call Me Spaghetti Hoop Boy! Her name is…… Lara Williamson!

A picture of Lara williamson holdin gher book a boy called hope

Lara is a very well known author and she has featured on our Year 6 Great Books List for her seminal work A Boy Called Hope. If you want to find all there is to know about Lara then visit her website larawilliamson.com where you can find out fab facts and all the latest news about our featured author!

just call me spaghetti hoop boy a great reading book by lara williamson

Well… what can we say about our superstar author Lara Williamson? She states that she loves tap dancing, day dreaming and dancing… just not at the same time! Just imagine what that would look like! I’m sure some of my readers are definitely capable of that combination though Lara! Did you know… that Lara must have stories running through her veins because she lives near Enid Blyton’s house… and also the very street where Blyton got the inspiration for Noddy’s story!

the boy who sailed the ocean in an armchair is a book by lara williamson which is a great read for primary school children

Every year, on her birthday, she wakes up at 5:30am…? Why? Because that was the EXACT time she was born! I think this is incredibly spooky! I wonder if any of the readers could say the same thing!?

the girl with space in her heart is a book by lara williamson designed for primary school children

Lara is so caring that when she was younger (about your age) she rescued a stone from the snow (yes….) because she thought it would get cold and she still has the same stone today!

One of Lara’s main beliefs is that she thinks white feathers, butterflies and robins are a little ‘hello’ from the messages we have received in the past. In her books, the towns named Paradise and Eden are named to represent a happy place; that place being the home of their characters… even if they didn’t realise it yet!

Read on to find out Lara’s favourite books to read if she was sailing the ocean in an armchair….. these include….

  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
  • Millions by Frankn Cottrell Boyce
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
  • The Magic Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
  • The Thirteen Treasures Michelle Harrison
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Here are the books Lara has written:

  • A Boy Called Hope
  • The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair
  • Just Call Me Spaghetti Hoop Boy
  • The Girl With Space In Her Heart (New)

We have read these books and can say they are ALL amazing and we encourage you guys to get reading them!

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