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Ali Sparkes’s super-readable Shapeshifter series reaches book six, and a thrilling climax. Sparkes assembles all the characters from the series and its spin off Unleashed for this adventure and fans will appreciate just how the characters have developed over the course of the story. Things are looking bleak for Dax, as Fenton Lodge, home to him and the other COLA (Children of Limitless Ability) has been turned into a virtual prison, surrounded with walls and iron fences. Even a shapeshifter as gifted as Dax is unable to escape. Under constant guard, his only hope is his little sister, but it turns out they have more in common than anyone suspected. Fans will hope that this isn’t the end for the characters, and with an author like Ali Sparkes, nothing should be ruled out. ~ Andrea Reece
Dax Jones will not be tamed. The Children of Limitless Ability can do all sorts of amazing things. Terrifying things too. Some can move things with their minds. Some can make themselves vanish. Dax Jones can change his form; can hurtle through the sky at 200km an hour, or swim underwater for minutes on end. But all is not well. Fenton Lodge, the school and home the COLA kids had grown to love over the past few years, is being turned into a prison. The new prime minister has set up a crack force of experts to manage, contain and use the COLA resource in the best interests of decent hardworking British people. And ...if necessary ...to shut it all down. Permanently. With all communication scrutinized, Dax's only option is to write to his spoilt little sister, Alice. Even she might notice something is amiss, if she reads his letters properly. And Alice, for all her annoying shallowness, does notice. And what she does about it is extraordinary. But then, she is the half-sister of Dax Jones.
|Publication date:||5th May 2016|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
Ali Sparkes meant to be a superstar singer and actress by now, but that never quite happened . . . probably because this was in the olden days before StrictlyPopXTalentIdol. She could have done it otherwise. After many drama school rejections, National Service as a Pontin’s Bluecoat (where she became the spangle-clad assistant to a juggling unicyclist – frighteningly, there is photographic proof), a stint in cabaret and then singing in cheesy cover bands, Ali finally got a proper job in local newspapers before absconding to the BBC in the late 1990s. A bit of local radio presenting and producing followed ...More About Ali Sparkes