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Harry and Hope

Written by Sarah Lean

Illustrated by Gary Blythe

Key Stage 2 Animal Stories Family / Home Stories

LoveReading View on Harry and Hope

One of our Books of the Year 2015 Any new book by Sarah Lean is a treat, and this is very special indeed. Hope lives in the Pyrenees with her mother, who is an artist, and her mother’s boyfriend, Frank. Frank gives Hope the space to think and be herself, and they are very close. When he suddenly leaves she is heartbroken. But Frank has left Harry too, the donkey he rescued from a building site in India years before. Like Hope, Harry can’t seem to be happy without Frank but together the little girl and the donkey grow strong again. And Frank returns too, with an extra surprise for them both. Young readers will love this touching adventure story, which has so much to say about life and growing up.   ~ Andrea Reece


Harry and Hope Synopsis

Hope lives with her artist mum in the Pyrenees. It's always been just the two of them...until Frank - a free-spirited traveller - arrives with his donkey, Harry. Hope and Frank form a close bond, so it's hard for both of them when Frank decides it's time to move on. Hope questions what she is to Frank. He's not her dad, but he was more than just her mum's boyfriend. Except, there's no name for that kind of pair...

Hope promises to look after Harry and, slowly, another special pair is made - one that makes Hope realise that some friendships become part of you and, even when someone is far away, they are always near to your heart.

Harry and Hope Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Adiella Norridge, age 11 - 'Beautifully written, this is an emotional and touching story. It made me laugh sometimes and made me cry at others.'
  • Rosie Watch - 'What a beautiful and unusual book.... It is a real tale of love and belonging.'
  • Isabelle Woods, age 9 - 'Harry and Hope is a magical story that captures the readers attention. This is the first book I have read by Sarah Lean and I look forward to reading more.'
  • Shannon McCloskey, age 12 - 'I would recommend this book for both boys and girls age 12+. This is my first time reading this author but I hope there will be more in the future.'
  • Amisha McCrystal, age 12 - 'Harry and Hope is a breathtaking book full of love, sorrow and all the feelings you get when your mother’s boyfriend who is closer to you than your own mother goes away and purposely leaves his obstinate donkey behind.'
  • Jasmine, age 11 - 'The title is imaginative and sweet. It makes you wonder what they mean by the names or whether it is two friends, adults or animals. I love it a lot. It’s so lovely but simple. It’s awesome.'
  • Tigger Waghorne, age 10 - 'The relationship between Harry and Hope is really sweet and is described in a special way.'
  • Arminata Jacobs, age 10 - 'This book is not predictable and I had to keep reading to find out if Hope would ever see Frank again.'
  • Lily Benner, age 9 - 'This book is sad, funny and exciting all at the same time.'
  • Scarlett Coffman, age 9 - 'A great book about the friendship between a girl and a donkey.'
  • Emily Lonsdale, age 9 - 'A very well written book about the relationships between Harry, Hope and her Mum and Frank.'
  • Olivia Russell - 'I liked the book; it was a pleasure to read. It was very emotional and surprising everyone would like it. It would have to be aimed at kids though.'

Harry and Hope Press Reviews

'Praise for Sarah Lean's books: Sarah Lean weaves magic and emotion into beautiful stories. Cathy Cassidy

Beautifully written and moving without being mawkish. A talent to watch. - The Bookseller Buyers Guide

Touching, reflective and lyrical.' - Sunday Times, Culture

'Sarah Lean's graceful, miraculous writing will have you weeping one moment and rejoicing the next.' - Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007512263
Publication date: 12th March 2015
Author: Sarah Lean
Illustrator: Gary Blythe
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Animal Stories, Family / Home Stories

About Sarah Lean

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors  Sarah Lean grew up in Wells, Somerset but now lives in Dorset with her husband, son and dog. She has worked as a pageplanner for a newspaper, a stencil-maker and a gardener, amongst various other things. She gained a first class English degree and became a primary school teacher before returning to complete an MA in Creative and Critical Writing with University of Winchester.

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