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Out of this World [Kindle Edition]

Ali Sparkes
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Tyrone Lewis is messing about in the woods, trying to keep out of trouble, when he stumbles upon something weird ...a glowing lump of rock or metal or something. Whatever it is, it gives him an amazing power. Which is cool at first, until Ty's new powers start attracting attention, and soon he's being followed by two sinister agents who seem intent on 'collecting' him. But Ty has no intention of letting that happen. So now he's got to RUN ...

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"This book does a great job of keeping you on the edge of your seat...Great stuff and I can't wait for more!" (

"...I found myself drawn into the rapidly moving plot and it was really hard to put the book down." (Armadillo Magazine)

"The book rockets along, and the characters are all really well rounded and leap off the page." (Jo Cotterill blog)

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Believe the impossible . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 845 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0192794124
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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 insists she could have done it otherwise.

After National Service as a Pontin's Bluecoat, 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 90s. A bit of local radio presenting and producing followed before she chucked in the day job and started writing comedy stuff for Radio 4 (Woman's Hour & Home Truths) and cooking up children's adventure stories.

Since The Shapeshifter: Finding The Fox came out in 2006, she's found her groove.

Her first stand-alone novel, Frozen In Time, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2010 and her books, including the SWITCH series, have been translated into many languages from French to Japanese, Polish to Korean...

You can find out more about her books and her public events at And for fun and games with SWITCH go to

Ali's involved in assorted exciting projects from new novels to screenplays, theatre and animation... but she maintains that if you were to snap her in half she would read CHILDREN'S AUTHOR through the middle, like Brighton rock. Although it would probably be a bit difficult to read, what with the blood and entrails and all that...

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here come the men and woman in Black 31 Mar. 2013
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
A novel for younger readers - ideal age would be ten and up - that is primarily a thriller with a bit of science fiction as well.

It runs for two hundred and sixty seven pages and is divided into twenty seven chapters.

It's also seemingly a stand alone book and not part of any series or trilogy.

Set in present day Britain, the main character is a thirteen year old boy called Tyrone. or Ty for short. A boy who is smart and who doesn't quite fit in at school as a result, and subject to the attentions of the bullies. His widowed mother works on a cruise ship. And he lives with his easily distracted reality tv and chat show loving aunt.

His best friend is Sam, who runs the local nature reserve.

All this is described in early chapters which are very readable and have a convincing setting. Ty is quite a sympathetic lead character. The whole thing is written from his point of view in third person present tense.

Things change for him drastically when he finds a strange object. It gives him the ability to move things with his mind. All of which comes in very handy when you want to stand up to the bullies. But a friend of Sam's warns him not to attract too much attention, or the authorities might take an interest.

When a sinister man and woman in black suits visit his school, Ty and Sam have to run. Their only chance is to investigate a report of someone who might have similar abilities to Ty's...

There's little sense of jeopardy in what follows, more a case of how resourceful you would have to be under such a situation. But the journey of the main characters is well described and very readable, and the other characters they meet along the way are also very good creations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good children's sci-fi/adventure 18 July 2013
By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER
This grew on me. I was on the point of giving up when the plot suddenly kicked in and I saw that it was going to be a great little book.

All the elements are there - geeky kid (Tyrone) being bullied, finds strange object that appears to give him special powers, special powers are cool (moving objects with his mind!), people in suits show up...

So it's a little bit of sci-fi, a chase story, there's a naturalist friend who helps Ty on the run, there's shady government-types following, and there's the fact that there are news stories that a few other people have also been able to move objects with their minds.

Fast-moving, Out of this World is a really good outdoorsy read, lots of eating and sleeping in the woods and running from The Man (or Woman). I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will be recommending to 9-13 year olds who are looking for something exciting in the library this summer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably better for younger readers 16 May 2013
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I got this book for my daughter who is aged eleven. She has read some of Ali Sparkes earlier books, such as the Shapeshifter series. She rated this book as three stars, not because the story was boring or the writing was bad, but I think purely because she found the book to be a bit too boyish for her. I actually think that it's because she's reading books that are really aimed at 11+.

The story is about Tyrone Lewis, also known as Ty. He finds a special stone in the woods and suddenly has magical powers that begin to cause him trouble. He lives with his Aunt as his mother is away working on a cruise ship. It's a good story that will appeal to confident readers who are eight and over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent prequel to the shapeshifter series. 29 May 2013
By H J Mac
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I loved this! It's so engaging and incredibly sweet. I'd read all the Shapeshifters first so had wondered about Tyrone and how he got the way he is, he seemed a lovely character in those books, and he really is delightful. There is also another character who we meet later on in the Shapeshifter books, Chambers, and it's interesting to see where he came from as well.

The adventure moves at a pace, introducing some great characters along the way. I really adored Sam, and there's some more foreshadowing there. Even though it's easy to work out where it's heading, it's still really exciting along the way, and there is genuine tension in the plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FROM ZERO TO HERO 29 Sept. 2013
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Pity young Ty! The newly fitted brace seems to fill his mouth. Sadistic English teacher Mr. Brading promptly casts him as Romeo, as the class falls about. School bullies later taunt with "Scrap Gob!" whilst advancing with sticks and stones. Suddenly they are fleeing, screaming with fear - all because of a mysterious object Ty found in the woods. It has awesome powers, sought by sinister beings on high. From now on, his life will never be the same - he a fugitive, closely pursued....

Probably it is best not to question too closely certain plot developments, or to worry if some characters are little more than caricatures. Miss Merrill is decidedly OTT with Cruella De Vil tendencies; Aunty Dawn simply gawps at the television whilst feeding her face (the set in the kitchen preferred because it is nearer the fridge).

In contrast, Ty himself is likeable, by no means a wimp. He has a good friend in countryside ranger Sam Garner, ever-resourceful and full of commonsense. Destined to join them on the run are an old age pensioner, a hairdresser and a youth liberally bedecked with studs - the unlikely five to play a crucial part in averting catastrophe.

A fun start thus evolves into something more substantial, its climax exciting. Readers may differ as to whether the visiting alien convinces, but will be delighted at the fate that befalls somebody particularly horrible.

Despite reservations, this proves an entertaining read. Hints of a possible sequel will please quite a few.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Took too long to be delivered
Wanted to take this book on holiday for my daughter but it took forever to be delivered, so we had to order another one and cancel the first one. Read more
Published 10 months ago by hels
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting page turner
A good book to read to children. A definite page turner. Annoyingly under-researched re blood groups (scientifically incorrect AB). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Aber
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What more can I say about Ali Sparkes. I've loved all her books so far but was a little trepidatious about the shapeshifter series. Read more
Published 13 months ago by D.L.EDWARDS
5.0 out of 5 stars We love Ali Soarkes!
Bought for my daughter after seeing done of the pupils at work reading it. My daughter describes it as awesome!
Published 13 months ago by Louise H-W
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
I thought this was good as it is a kind of link to the sharpshooter as Tyrone appears as an adult in the Dowsing The Dead novel and teaches his friend to control his own abilities! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Calum Nicolson
4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel Set-up
Numerous clichéd elements are present in the young adult sci-fi novel `Out of This World'. Main protagonist, Ty, is a bit of a geek, he is something of a country-boy, he... Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loved it
My 9 year old son loved this book, it was the first book by Ali Sparkes he has read and has asked for more for Christmas. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Prosecco
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
I really did like this book, but i liked the Shape-shifter books better even so I love the little twist in it.
Published 17 months ago by Hamoonga
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world
read books by this author before and would recommend this one to almost anyone. Kind of sci-fi and adventure but realistic too
Published 19 months ago by Maria Cresto
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turner for a young lad
My son loved this book. Ali Sparkes has a way with her writing that just works with young lads. Well deserves all the plaudits.
Published 19 months ago by Hob
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