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Sparkes, Ali

(1966-    ) UK author of fiction, at first within what seemed to be an encompassing fantasy frame, addressed to younger readers crossing over into Young Adult expectations and focusing mostly on series. The first of these is the Shapeshifter sequence beginning with The Shapeshifter: Finding the Fox (2006), in which a cohort of Shapeshifter teenagers, the Children of Limitless Ability, engage in exploits that also involve Telekinesis and other Psi Powers. Darker and more argued, her follow-on sequence, the Shapeshifter: Unleashed series beginning with A Life and Death Job (2011), carries individual members of the gang into more sustained adventures. The S.W.I.T.C.H. sequence beginning with Spider Stampede (2011) is directed to a younger audience, and lacks much in the way of rationale. Sparke's occasional singletons, like Frozen in Time (2009), tend to focus on young protagonists who, lacking convenient skill-kits, must confront challenges like Time Travel with intelligence. [JC]

Ali Sparkes

born Southampton, Hampshire: 1966




Shapeshifter: Unleashed


Destination Earth

individual titles


Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 17:58 pm on 7 July 2022.