Sarah Potter Writes

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Juvenile fiction/animals/dogs
Juvenile fiction/action and adventure
Anthropomorphic fantasy
Upper middle-grade crossover fiction 


Noah Padgett’s new stepmother treats him as the worst inconvenience in the world. She wants him to disappear out of her life, along with Bluebell, the nuisance puppy his father bought him for his birthday. Her wish comes true, although too fast for her to notice, after Noah clicks the wrong link on his computer at midnight.

Mad entrepreneur Monsieur Percival Poodle is the self-appointed ruler of Zyx, a dimension where Canis sapiens is the predominant species.  Percival likes to collect alien specimens, and two of them have just arrived in his dimension from Earth. One is a primitive four-legged chocolate Labrador and the other a human boy.

Mercenary Lurcher Sergeant Salt works for the highest bidder and makes it his policy to extract maximum profit from jobs. This means selling his alien captives separately, however much distress it causes them.

Fate has already stolen Noah’s beloved mum from him, to replace her with a stepmother from hell. Now it seems that Fate has struck again, by stealing Bluebell and leaving Noah to languish in a high security hospital for criminally insane Canis sapiens, with no apparent means of escape and terrified for his precious puppy’s safety.

Audience Guidelines

Younger middle grade advanced readers (aged 8/9)
Upper middle grade/lower young adult (aged 10-13)
Older teenagers and adults who enjoy reading children’s fiction




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Desiccation cover (small)

Cover illustration (c) Jamie Noble Frier —

 Science fiction/aliens
Urban fantasy
YA crossover fiction


Janet Beckett is a science scholarship girl who believes there’s a rational explanation for all paranormal phenomena.
There is, if you happen to meet a know-it-all hippie pixie who lives in a dimensional transcendental toadstool.

Samantha Hamilton-Brown thinks she is 1960’s Queen of the Universe and can do as she pleases in her role as new head girl of Toffdene boarding school.
She can, until aliens cut her reign short and screw with the minds of almost every student and teacher in the establishment. 

Joe Buckell is leader of a delinquent mod gang and fancies getting his end away with some hoity-toity daughters of the élite. 
He does, but not in the way he hopes.

When desiccation threatens, you’ll do anything to survive


“Quirky, fun and weird in an excellent fashion! …In movie terms, if you were to blend that feel with a sinister, twisted and creepy, but at the same time psychedelic and trippy version of Alice in Wonderland, then you’d be half way there. At times I felt I was myself being caught up in some sort of hallucinogenic dream”.

“I was a huge fan of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers series when I was a little girl and this book has made me nostalgic enough to read them all over again. The tone and language of this book is very similar to the old boarding school novels, when girls go for walks through meadows to picnic on boiled eggs and sardines. It just happens that this boarding school includes mind-altering aliens and some very odd sexual tendencies (ok, maybe not that odd. We’ve all heard the rumours)”.

“The plot weaves some interesting elements, yes from science fiction, but there are nuances of fantasy, thriller, teenagerisms, and a glimmer or two of erotic undertones that were unexpected and refreshing. …Desiccation is indeed very British, and a reminder that not all science fiction has to be about star ships, lasers and one dimensional bad guys who want to kill everything for a random clichéd reason”.



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