Friday 29 Sept - Sunday 8 Oct 2017

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy Review

Year 6
The Downs School

This is a book that sends the reader the inspiring message that you don’t have to have superpowers to make a difference. This is a heart-warming tale that every reader will be able to relate to somehow.

The main character, and my personal favourite, is an orphan called Adam Butters who adores spaghetti hoops and dreams of finding his parents.  He is wonderfully well-meaning but struggles with the same issues many children will recognize.

The reader will find themselves rooting for Adam, and emotionally involved at every turn the story takes.

This book would appeal to readers between 9 and 11 years old, although it would make an enjoyable “read aloud” for parents or teachers too. This story is comical, involving and poignant all in one, and will be enjoyed by those who relish a classic superhero tale, set in the everyday world of family life.

If you’re a fan of Lara Williamson’s other works, you will not be disappointed by this highly regarded fictional piece.  It has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Awards, firmly establishing it as a worthy title on your list.

If you like this genre, I think you will agree that this book deserves 8 out of 10.


Age: 10
Peasedown St. John’s Primary School

Did you like the main characters in this story? Why?
I like Adam because he is funny and interesting. Also, very kindhearted.

What happens in this story?
Adam was adopted. Adam wants to find out about his real mother. So he looks at an envelope that he is supposed to open when he is 16. It turns out his real name is Ace not Adam. And his mother’s name is Rose!

Which parts did you like best and why?
I like when Adam found his real mother’s home because it got the story moving.

Who do you think would enjoy this book?
I think this book would be enjoyed by children aged 8-12.

Describe this book in 3 words:
Heartbreaking, funny, heroic.


Age: 11
Oldfield Park Junior School

‘Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy’ is a heart-warming novel by Salford Children’s Book Award Winner Lara Williamson. It is a hilarious yet emotional all round great book.

The story is told by an eleven year old boy called Adam Butters. Adam is adopted and desperate to be a superhero; like his favourite comic book characters The Zorbitans.

After finding an envelope ordering him to only open it once he is sixteen, curiosity overtakes Adam and he finds himself with an open letter in his hand. Inside the letter is a birth certificate stating that his real name is ACE. So now he’s got the perfect superhero name, what about a super mission? Adam has always longed for his real mum, so maybe this is the right time to find her?

This book takes you on a heart-breaking yet funny journey; one that is both confusing for him and his family. Overall, I think this is an excellent third book for the amazing Lara Williamson, and I strongly recommend it for any person who loves a thrilling book.


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