A powerful and uplifting story about the search for identity and the battle between appearance and reality
After the worst summer of her life, Parker desperately wants to be invisible. But her annoying new classmate Sven has other ideas. He knows he must do something brilliant on his first day or he'll forever be the epileptic kid that everyone feels sorry for. His target is Parker, and the two are quick to form a rivalry.
So, when Parker discovers that Alaska, the dog she used to own, is now Sven's assistance dog, she decides to kidnap her. Under the cover of night, she sneaks into Sven’s home. But, afforded the anonymity of her balaclava, she and Sven begin to confide in each other and an unlikely friendship forms...
‘From the start Alaska caught me with its unclichéd voices. It has two strikingly engaging young protagonists: the boy determined to be known for something other than his epilepsy and the outsider girl in mourning for her lost dog. Original in both the prose and the characterisation, this friendship drama and mystery story is a cut above.’
– Nicolette Jones, BookTrust judge
‘From the very first pages you are invested in the main characters. Big issues are dealt with in a sensitive accessible way and the story moves at a terrific pace. Highly recommended.’
– Simon Key, BookTrust judge
‘Parker and Sven can't stand each other but I loved them both from the very first page. Feisty and believable, both vulnerable in different ways, they are linked together by Alaska, Parker's beloved dog who, she discovers, now belongs to Sven. Themes of friendship, loneliness, damage and privacy are woven into a tense story with characters that jump of the page, this will be an unmissable debut in the UK.’
– Jill Coleman, BookTrust judge
‘Alaska's strong characters and intriguing plot are powerful hooks into this heartfelt story. With excellent pace and genuine feel, we're all looking forward to reading further.’