Publication Date: 11 January 2018
Cover illustration by Tom Clohosy Cole
Alfie wants to be like any other 11 year old, which is a bit tricky when he’s actually over a thousand years old. He longs for a friend, but knows the only way he and his mother can stay where they are is to keep themselves to themselves.
When Roxy and Aidan come crashing into their lives, and a fire destroys their home, Alfie knows the time has come to live a different life. But, there is only one way to do that, and for all his years on earth, time is now running out.
Bittersweet, heartwarming and life affirming, Ross Welford has created a wonderful story celebrating friendship, trust and hope, while blending modern living with history. Told from two different perspectives, Alfie and Aidan’s stories are woven together seamlessly and it’s clear to see how the three main characters use their different strengths to cement their friendship and support each other.
Thank you Ross for yet another thoughtful, compelling, moving read – that made me both laugh and cry – especially the moment in the story when the cinema in my head started playing Queen, Who Wants To Live Forever.
If you haven’t read Ross Welford’s other books, they are well worth it too:
Many thanks to HarperCollins and ReadingZone for sending me a copy for review.