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Alex Shearer - Author

About the Author

Alex Shearer was born in 1949 in Wick, in the far north of Scotland and enjoyed writing from an early age. He went on to write several TV series including the 1990's sitcom The Two of Us, and numerous stage and radio plays.

More recently he has started writing for children. His Wilmot stories have been adapted for TV by Yorkshire television, and his children's novel, The Greatest Store in the World, was screened as a feature length TV film on Christmas Eve 1999 by the BBC.His recent novel 'The Speed of the Dark' was shortlisted for the 2002 Guardian Fiction Prize.

He lives in Somerset and is married with two grown-up children.

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The Great Blue Yonder

The Great Blue Yonder

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

'You'll be sorry when I'm dead.' That's what Harry said to his sister, before the incident with the lorry. And now he is just that - dead. And he wishes more than anything that he hadn't said it. He wishes he could say sorry. And say goodbye to everyone he left behind - his mum, his dad, his best friend Pete, even Jelly Donkins, the class bully. Now he's on the Other Side, waiting to move on to the Great Blue Yonder. But he doesn't know how to get there - until he meets Arthur, a small boy in a top hat, who's been dead for years, who helps him say goodbye... The Great Blue Yonder by Alex Shearer is the quirky, gentle journey of a boy stuck between looking back, and moving on.

A Message to the Sea

A Message to the Sea

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

There's no telling who might write back . . . It's been a year since Tom Pellow's dad was lost at sea. He was a sailor and Tom also finds himself drawn to the vast ocean; it holds so many possibilities, dangers and secrets. After hearing a song on the radio, Tom decides to write a message in a bottle, and throw it out into the sea. To 'cast his bread upon the waters'. He doesn't really expect to hear back, but Tom keeps writing anyway, sending messages out on the tide and searching the waves for a reply. One day he finds one. It's a letter that seems to be from a ghost, deep down in Davy Jones's Locker - and the writer has a shocking answer to Tom's question. But if Tom's dad didn't perish at sea, where is he? A charming and beautifully written story about grief, hope and miracles.

The Cloud Hunters

The Cloud Hunters

Author: Alex Shearer, Joe Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

A beautifully imagined adventure set in a world where islands float in the sky Hunting the skies is not for the faint-hearted. In a world where water is scarce and deadly jellyfish swim through the sky, mollycoddled teenager Christien dreams of excitement and danger. When he meets the exotic and alluring Jenine and her family of Cloud Hunters, he becomes determined to fulfil that dream... In a richly imaginative tale, perfect for both boys and girls as they launch themselves into the world of fiction as independent readers, Alex Shearer creates a Dahl-esque fantasy that roams through realms of magic, wonder and adventure.

Landlubbers

Landlubbers

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2007

Now that twins Clive and Eric are back on dry land, it seems their days of excitement and...er...misadventure are well and truly behind them. Until their dad lands a job as manager of a swanky London hotel and Grandma and Grandad don't seem too keen on the idea of looking after the twins while he's away. Strange that. Anyway, off they all go, to live the life of riley in the hotel's penthouse suite. But it isn't long before something goes wrong. This time, missing jewellery from the hotel safe. And guess who the prime suspect is? Dad. The twins know he is innocent, but the evidence against him is mounting and things don't look good. In another display of courage and daring, albeit cack-handed and ill-thought out, the boys set out to prove that their Dad is not guilty, getting into a whole lot of trouble in the process...of course.

Tins

Tins

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2007

Literary Strengths: Alex Shearer's trademark fast pace and high suspense A heady mixture of genres Multiple text forms Themes: Forced child labour Friendship Evil adults! Perfect for teaching! Explore genre Study the craft of suspense Analyse writing styles that suit different purposes Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Children's Book Award 2007.

I Was a Schoolboy Bridegroom

I Was a Schoolboy Bridegroom

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2006

13 year old Bosworth Hartie didn't think his parents could inflict much more mental torture on him - isn't having the worst name in the world enough! Then they get it into their heads to find him a wife: a nice, dependable girl who will keep Bozzie on the straight and narrow.To Bosworth's horror they match him up with one Veronica Melling, a girl whose spiteful nature and butter wouldn't melt facade, guarantee that his life is hell. Bosworth decides to run away, the day before his so called engagement party - that should put an end to this ridiculous idea! What Bosworth doesn't know is that Veronica has the very same idea, and in a cruel twist of fate the two of them end up running away together - and hiding out in Veronica's gran's caravan by the seaside. Veronica turns out to be every bit as annoying and petty as he thought, but as the days go by, the two of them learn to rub along together, until, by the time their whereabouts are discovered, they actually kind of...like each other. A wonderfully wry and nicely paced story of a microcosmic marriage...

Tins

Tins

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2006

Fergal is a self-confessed nerd with an eccentric hobby: tin collecting. He likes the lucky dip aspect of buying tins that have their labels missing - after all, you never know what might be inside. It's Fergal's idea of living dangerously. That is, until the day he innocently opens up a tin to find . . . a bloodied human finger. Everyone thinks it's a joke. But not Fergal - and when his next tin discovery is a note with the word 'Help' scribbled on it, he feels compelled to track down the factory responsible for these mysterious and macabre products. Fergal might be hungry to play detective, but has he opened a can of worms . . . ? This Dahl-esque black comedy will have readers squirming on the edge of their seats. Funny, frightening and totally gross - Alex Shearer taps into the repulsive-but-appealing tradition of urban myths that are perennial playground fodder.

The Lost NW

The Lost NW

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2006

Shortlisted for Bolton's Children's Book of the Year.

The Hunted

The Hunted

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2005

Children are very precious . . . because they are so rare. In a future world where people live to be 150, humans have paid the price for their longer lives - the cost being their fertility. Children have become a commodity: they are bought and sold, won and lost, and worst of all, are hunted by the `kiddernappers' keen to make a quick buck on a big sale. When Deet wins Tarrin in a card game he rents him out to childless couples. They pay for Tarrin to play in their houses, and they pretend he's their child for an hour or two. But as Tarrin gets older, Deet is keen to secure his future, and his interest in `The Peter Pan' operation grows. By having `The Peter Pan', Tarrin would stay a boy forever. He would grow old inside the body of a young boy. While Tarrin faces a difficult dilemma, someone is watching him. Someone who has plans of his own.

The Lost

The Lost

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2004

Jonah and Joe are best friends. One terrible day, on the way to school, impulsive Jonah starts running after a fire engine - hoping to find the fire and a bit of excitement. Jonah runs and runs - and disappears, never to be seen again. A mystery and a loss that will always haunt Joe, who never stops believing that this friend could, must, still be alive and that one day he will find him. A year, two years, three years pass and Joe still takes solitary bike rides into the countryside, one day meeting an attractive woman named Anna, who valiantly maintains her smallholding all alone. But Anna also lives with sadness - the death of her baby son, buried in the local churchyard. As their friendship grows, Joe finds an old, weathered, half-buried backpack - Jonah's backpack - on Anna's land. Now his life is in danger as he realizes that Anna has a terrible and terrifying secret . . .

The Speed of the Dark

The Speed of the Dark

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2004

Ernst Eckmann is an artist. He specialises in the art of the impossible, making objects so tiny, so perfect, that it's hard to believe they are real. A miniature camel passes through the eye of a real needle; a pyramid is carved into a grain of sugar; a polar bear sits on an iceberg of salt. Eckmann works in silence, carving between heartbeats. Christopher Mallan loves Eckmann's sculptures. He visits the gallery often on his way home from school to marvel at the creations beneath their glass domes. Until one day, the impossible happens - and Christopher sees a sculpture so real that it moves, dances, even seems to breathe...

Bootleg (PB)

Bootleg (PB)

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2003

All chocolate will be illegal from 5pm today.. The Good For You Party is running the country, and forcing everyone to lead healthier lives. Chocolate addicts Smudger and Huntly watch in horror as their favourite food is swept from the shops and Chocolate Trooper police arrest anyone caught with sweets. When the boys discover the recipe for making chocolate and a hidden store of the right ingredients, they fight back. Their secret bootleg operation is soon a brilliant success - but how long can they keep selling illegal chocolate before the Good For You thugs catch them?

Sea Legs

Sea Legs

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2003

For 11 year-old twins, Clive and Eric, their dad's job as a top steward on a luxury cruise liner is a bit of a drag. Mum left some time ago, and every time Dad goes away, Clive (older and considerably wiser than Eric by about five minutes) and his twin are packed off to stay with Gran and Granddad. But this summer, when dad leaves for his latest three-week cruise, the boys are going with him! Only Dad doesn't know that yet, and if all goes to plan he never will. Because Clive and Eric are going to be stowaways. Before they know it, the boys are off to exotic parts on board the luxurious Mary Celeste. They haven't actually got a cabin, they're making do with the storage cabin down next to the engine room, but hey, who needs to sleep when there's free ice cream and chocolate gateaux to eat on an hourly basis. For the first two weeks, the boys have a whale of a time, messing about, chatting up rich old ladies, spying on Dad as he tends to the First Class passengers, and winding each other up.Things would have been perfect if Eric wasn't such a compulsive liar - telling people the captain is their dad - and nearly coming a cropper when a Swanker Watson from school appears with his snobby parents. Then everything goes horribly wrong. First Mrs Swanker Watson threatens to invite the captain to join her family for dinner, nearly giving the twins a heart attack. Then a gang of modern-day pirates climb aboard to carry out an armed robbery! But Clive and Eric save the day! Between them they manage to stall the pirates and hold them captive, foiling their dastardly plan! Nice work. The boys have been rumbled, but the captain lets them stay on board, and Dad realises his poor boys have been feeling neglected. Things are going to change, he promises - from now he's going to spend more time with them . . .

The Stolen (HB)

The Stolen (HB)

Author: Alex Shearer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2003

'A cracking plot.... a thrilling unexpected twist' Sunday Telegraph Life's a game - and someone's cheating.... Meredith is a new girl at school. An orphan, living with her elderly granny. She must be lonely - or so Carly thinks, trying to be nice. But sometimes nice doesn't work. Sometimes people are worse than you could ever imagine. And Meredith has a secret - a story Carly can hardly begin to believe. About a girl with no future and someone else's past. A vicious old lady who refuses to die. A young life stolen. For Meredith is not Meredith at all....

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