The Great Blue Yonder

The Great Blue Yonder

Published by Macmillan

Harry has a bad, bad accident while out on his bike and finds himself in the Other Lands.   But he needs to get back to where he came from to settle unfinished business.

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‘…humorous and deeply moving book.’
– *****  Books For Keeps

‘The Great Blue Yonder is a beautifully written book that conveys so many of the feelings and emotions experienced when somebody has died. Although the book is written for older children and young teenagers, readers of all ages can enjoy and value its message.     This life affirming book will strike a chord with those who have struggled to make sense of a painful experience, which probably includes all of us. It is also amusing, although it might not be comforting to read that the hereafter has as much bureaucracy and as many managers as does the here and now.’
– British Medical Journal

The Stolen

The Stolen

Published by Macmillan

An old head on young shoulders – but a young girl’s life stolen by a witch and her mind imprisoned in an old woman’s body.   How is she to escape from the prison of age when she hasn’t even had a childhood yet?

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‘…a cracking plot—a thrillingly unexpected twist…’
– Sunday Telegraph

Bootleg

Bootleg

Published by Macmillan

The Good For You Party has taken over the country and they know what’s best for your teeth and your health and your fitness.  Chocolate is banned.  So what are chocolate lovers to do? Start to make their own, perhaps?  But the Chocolate Police are on their tail.

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‘This book is a hilarious, heart-warming adventure that will have you either screaming with laughter or gasping with fear…This incredible book I would rate nine out of ten DEFINITELY! I would recommend this amazing book to any hilarious-adventure-that-will-have-you-crying-with-laughter book lover!’
– Guardian

This Is The Life

This Is The Life

Published by Harper Collins – Blue Door

Part fiction and part memoir, this is story of Louis and his brother and Louis’ final days.

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‘Inspired by Shearer’s experiences when his own brother was dying and written with a warm touch that is at once tender and achingly funny, This Is the Life is a moving testimony to both the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of the simpler things in life, like not taking a dying man’s tea kettle away.’
– Book Browse

‘Poignant …This pensive, poetic novel humorously though sensitively expresses the complications of sibling relationships, the ambiguity of absolution, and the beauty of life.’
– Kirkus

‘…poignant and compassionate novel…The earthy humor that often peeks through provides much-needed comic relief…the brothers’ dialogue stands out as authentic and spot-on.’
– Publishers Weekly

‘…deeply felt, often funny, heart-breaking book.’
– Booklist

‘Reminiscent of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, this is a thoughtful reflection of what is truly important in life.’
– Library Journal

‘This is a lovely, touching book. The subject is a poignant one, handled with tact, insight and, most of all, with love.’
– Alexander McCall Smith

Tins

Tins

Published by Macmillan

(Released in the US as Canned)

Some bright, shiny, unlabelled cans for sale in the cut-price bargain bin in the supermarket.    But when one of them rattles, and is opened, and a human finger is found inside…

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‘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’
– Toppsta

‘This macabre mystery may make readers give up canned foods.  Shearer’s delightfully droll, dark humor makes for many light moments. Readers with a taste for the bizarre and gross will find this tale most tasty’.  
– Kirkus

‘A highly entertaining and hilariously gruesome comedy thriller – beans on toast will never be the same again!’
– World Of Books

The Greatest Store in the World

The Greatest Store in the World

Published by Hodder

A homeless mother with two young children takes then to live in a department store.

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‘Heart-warming drama about a mother and her two daughters made homeless. Their nightmare then turns into the adventure of a lifetime when they take up residence in Scottleys, the greatest store in the world.’
– Cinema Paradiso

The Hunted

The Hunted

Published by Macmillan

The future is here, the birth rate has plummeted, children are scarce and valuable commodities, and people want they for their own, at almost any price.

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‘Imagine a world where children are valued because they are in short supply. Tarrin is a child in a society of old people who have traded fertility for longevity. With no children of their own, the closest most people get to parenthood is to rent a child. Won from his father in a card game, Tarrin knows he is valuable and is always on the watch for “kiddernappers” who snatch children off the streets. But there’s greater threat – the “Peter Pan” operation, which will trap him in eternal childhood. Tarrin has to resist all these dangers in a scary, thoughtful story about the value of youth.’
– The Guardian

Sea Legs

Sea Legs

Published by Hodder

The twins Eric and Clive decide to stow away on the cruise ship where their widowed father works as a steward.   They only want to be near him and they mean well, but it’s not quite that simple.

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‘A fast moving and exciting adventure’
– The Financial Times

Land Lubbers

Land Lubbers

Published by Hodder

Eric and Clive from Sea Legs, now on dry land and living in a posh hotel where their father is the manager.  But otherwise not much has changed – not when it comes to their capacity for attracting trouble.

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‘Land Lubbers is quintessential light slapstick junior fiction. Clive and Eric, non-identical twins, were introduced in Sea Legs, where they caused chaos on a cruise ship. In this book, their father is asked to become manager of a London hotel for the six weeks of their summer holiday.   Alex Shearer—doesn’t miss a single opportunity for humour.’
– Times Educational Supplement

The Speed of the Dark

The Speed of the Dark

Published by Macmillan

A touch of the macabre.  Eckmann specialises in the tiniest of sculptures, so small you need a microscope to see them.  Yet some of them appear to be alive.

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‘I’ve got to admit that this was chilling—The Speed of the Dark was altogether unexpected but I loved it.  Read it and be amazed.’
– Wattpad

The Lost

The Lost

Published by MacMillan

Set on the Somerset Levels. Two friends are on their way to school when a fire engine passes.  One wants to rush after it and see where the fire is.   The other goes on to school.   And one of them vanishes, seemingly forever.

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‘…would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in mystery, suspense or horror genres.. I literally could not put the book down until I finished it.’
– The Print

I Was a Schoolboy Bridegroom

I Was a Schoolboy Bridegroom

Published by Hodder

You might think that an arrangement to marry a nice sensible girl at some point in the future might cure Bosworth Hartie’s erratic behaviour.  But not once you’d met the girl you wouldn’t.

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‘…hysterically offbeat story about a family who plan an arranged marriage for their 13-year-old son, Bosworth, in order to secure a dowry from a family he has never met. Veronica Angelica Belinda Melling, Bosworth’s intended, isn’t keen on the idea either. They independently plan to run away from each other but unfortunately end up running away together – and hiding out in a seaside caravan belonging to Veronica’s great aunt.

‘A book which will be enjoyed in equal measure by boys and girls, the engaging style of humour captures the audience in the very opening lines: ‘To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t even thinking of getting married, as I had quite enough on my plate as it was with my rabbits. (Not that the rabbits were actually on a plate. I don’t mean I was eating them). Hugely entertaining’
– Books For Keeps

The Fugitives

The Fugitives

Published by Hodder

All you need is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Two boys are taken by terrorists and gradually realise that they are not going to be released.

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‘…a taut psychological tussle. An immensely readable, highly enjoyable thriller.’
– The Guardian

The Cloud Hunters

The Cloud Hunters

Published by Hot Key Books

Another world, small habitable islands of rock, floating in the pure air, but waterless, and the only way to get water is to follow the clouds.

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‘With its well-drawn characters and vividly-realised world, The Cloud Hunters will appeal to fans of science fiction. Yet though at base an adventure story, the book is often pleasingly meditative, dwelling on the texture of the world and exploring the issues of coming-of-age, belonging, memory and loss with an unexpected complexity and sensitivity.’
– Book Trust

‘Part Gulliver’s Travels, part Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, part Pilgrim’s Progress, this is thoroughly original and full of ideas. If it doesn’t quite succeed in everything it sets out to do, and the dreamy pace will not be for everyone, it’s still thought-provoking, involving, and exciting, and a true romance.’
– Books For Keeps

 

Sky Run

Sky Run

Published by Hot Key Books

The sequel to The Cloud Hunters – an epic journey to a far island

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‘A sequel to the popular Cloud Hunters.   Sky Run is an action-packed adventure… This will have you gripped from beginning to end.’

– Book Trust

 

The Great Switcheroonie

The Great Switcheroonie

Published by Hodder

What if you were mistaken for someone else?   Say you looked like the son of a rich and famous footballer and then got kidnapped?

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‘Bill Harris, the hero of Alex Shearer’s new novel, The Great Switcheroonie—might be ordinary and self-deprecating; but he’s got style and so has the book. Fun from beginning to end and thoroughly readable, it’s a romp through the daftness of contemporary celebrity culture as well as a joyous vindication of real friendship.’
– Times Educational Supplement

The Ministry of Ghosts

The Ministry of Ghosts

Published by Hot Key Books

What is that quaint old building at the end of the street?   The one with the sign up saying Saturday Boy Or Girl Wanted?   And why are the people who work there so pale and old fashioned looking?

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‘A spooky funny mystery with ghost-hunting, useless adults and tea! Thruppence and Tim don’t know what they’re getting themselves into when they ring the bell at the house with dusty windows and a tarnished name plate to enquire about the advertised ‘Saturday Person’. What could be so difficult about an unspecified Saturday job? Well, had that name plate been properly cleaned, Thruppence and Tim might not have been so keen to enter.’
– LoveReading4Kids

The Invisible Man’s Socks

The Invisible Man’s Socks

Published by Macmillan

A trip to a museum has serious consequences for those who don’t take the exhibits seriously.   Do Not Touch, the signs say, but some people just won’t pay heed to signs.

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‘A marvellously entertaining book with a brilliant plot idea, whacky characters and great humour.
Brilliant humour, with great illustrations by Tom Morgan-Jones, this tale also gives you something deeper to think about, especially with it all being told by an old man in a railway station waiting room.

‘Longlisted for the Salford Children’s Book Award, this book certainly has the quality and depth to make it to the shortlist.’
– Novel Shovel

A Message To The Sea

A Message To The Sea

Published by Piccadilly Press

Put a message into a bottle and throw it into the sea.   But what if the bottle returns, with a different message inside it, and the sea has written back?

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‘This book shines with honesty: Shearer fearlessly explores grief – Tom’s and his family’s – creates a community which lives, year on year, with the knowledge that a life lived on the sea may be cut short at any time, creates characters who live on the page.’
– Books For Keeps

Wilmot and Pops

Wilmot and Pops

Published by Hodder

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‘Alex Shearer has produced a magical blend of weird vocabulary, brotherly love/hate and chips; all the things that are really meaningful when you’re young. Wilmot wants to be memorable but having little talent for anything much he uses his true strength -his stomach. A chip-eating record bid seems to be his best bet. However, it’s going to take more than a Swaziland squash with extra strangles to convince the World Book of Records. Fame comes through in a way no-one expected – least of all, me’
– Books For Keeps

Wilmot and Chips

Wilmot and Chips

Published by Red Fox

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‘Alex Shearer has produced a magical blend of weird vocabulary, brotherly love/hate and chips; all the things that are really meaningful when you’re young. Wilmot wants to be memorable but having little talent for anything much he uses his true strength -his stomach. A chip-eating record bid seems to be his best bet. However, it’s going to take more than a Swaziland squash with extra strangles to convince the World Book of Records. Fame comes through in a way no-one expected – least of all, me.’
– Books For Keeps

The Crush

The Crush

PUBLISHED BY HODDER

Why do otherwise sane and sensible people get passionate crushes on their pop star idols? And were they to actually meet them – what then?

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‘Alex Shearer…has brilliantly captured that feeling of unrequited love of a pop star which almost every teenage girl must have experienced at one time or another. Both touching and funny, this is a must for every parent and teenager suffering from this syndrome.’
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The Computer Wizard

The Computer Wizard

Published by Puffin 1999

A boy gets stuck in computer

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Part of an illustrated series of four books for young children – one for each season – and what can go wrong in them.

‘Cute and clever’
– Goodreads

The Summer Sisters and the Dance Disaster

The Summer Sisters and the Dance Disaster

Published by Puffin

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Part of an illustrated series of four books for young children – one for each season – and what can go wrong in them.

‘Cute and clever’
– Goodreads

The Winter Brothers and the Missing Snow

The Winter Brothers and the Missing Snow

Published by Puffin

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Part of an illustrated series of four books for young children – one for each season – and what can go wrong in them.

‘Cute and clever’
– Goodreads

Professor Sniff and the Lost Spring Breezes

Professor Sniff and the Lost Spring Breezes

Published by Gollancz

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Part of an illustrated series of four books for young children – one for each season – and what can go wrong in them

‘Cute and clever’
– Goodreads

BOX 132

BOX 132

Published by Harper Collins (1997)
For adults.
Giles has a middle-aged crisis and succumbs to temptation.

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‘…poignant, funny, bittersweet novel about one man’s mid-life crisis…’
– bol.com