Some people say that Alfie Slider is a bit weird, but he thinks that weird just means different. Weird is good! Living with his ‘different’ family is never predictable for Alfie, but nothing could prepare him for what happens when he finds a strange key on his way home from school. This is no ordinary key – it seems to break the laws of physics! Once he’s figured out how to use it, Alfie is caught up in adventures that are literally out of this world. This story has evil grannies, flame-throwing frogs, bossy computers, shape-shifting aliens, huge explosions, best friends, and parallel universes. In other words, it’s a bit weird…but weird just means different!
Targeted Age Group:: 8-12
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The original ideas came from my kids. My son told me once that he wished there was a secret tunnel that led from school to home, so he could come back and see me when he wanted to. I started thinking about how that could happen, and after many changes that lead to Alfie Slider!
Alfie Slider skidded into the alley. His brain was busy
making excuses to his mum for why he was late home; he
knew she’d be worried. When the sound reached his ears
it sent an urgent signal to his brain: stop. His arms and
legs quickly did as they were told.
It had been a choking sort of sound. The sort of sound
you make when you’ve put too much food in your mouth,
Alfie thought, or you have something stuck in your throat.
The sort of sound that would usually make him rush
towards someone, to ask, ‘Are you alright?’
But Alfie didn’t rush, and he didn’t ask. His throat felt
itchy and too tight to speak. He’d run down this alley
countless times. It was always a bit dark, especially where
it turned the corner. It smelled of a weird mixture of paint,
damp, and the cooking smells from people’s houses, but
Alfie had always felt safe here. Right now his belly was
cold and all he could hear was his own loud breathing.
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Sarah Dixon lives in York with her two children and a growing menagerie of pets. Her love of Sci-Fi began watching Tom Baker battle the Daleks (through her fingers); she keeps a TARDIS key with her at all times, just in case. After years of reading and watching Sci-Fi, her brain was so full of story ideas that they stuck to memories of things her children had said, or done, and came pouring out of her fingers as Alfie Slider vs the Shape Shifter.
Sarah aims to write books that adults will enjoy reading to children, as much as children enjoy reading to themselves. Stories to bring families together, packed with action, adventure and a side order of humour.
When she isn't pretending to be Alfie Slider (aka writing more books), Sarah works on short stories and novels for young adults and proper grown-ups. She also works with words as a freelance copywriter and bid writer.
If she isn't at her keyboard, Sarah will probably be visiting a school somewhere, encouraging children to read, write, or save the world.