The Shapeshifter is a children's book series by Ali Sparkes following the adventures of Dax Jones, a boy who can shapeshift into a fox and fellow COLAs (Children of Limitless Ability) as they discover their supernatural powers.
There are five books in the series which are (in order)
- Finding the Fox
- Running the Risk
- Going to Ground
- Dowsing the Dead
- Stirring the Storm
Warning: Spoilers ahead
This book series provides examples of:
- All Aliens Have Superpowers: all of the COLAs' mothers' races.
- Badass Normal: Owen Hind, even managed to sneak up on Dax in fox form.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Used and Averted, Catherine is a parasite and a psychopath, but Mia the good-natured vegetarian can set people on fire
- Disappeared Dad: Dax's father, an oil rig worker. He's still alive; he's just not around very often, leaving Dax in the dubious care of his Wicked Stepmother.
- Disney Death: Owen, who appears to fall to his death, but is later revealed to be alive.
- Empathic Healer: Mia, but over time she became able to do this without hurting herself.
- Enfant Terrible: Catherine Reader, parasite.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Catherine's. Oh so much.
- Explosive Leash: Used rather disturbingly in the last book on the COLAs. It also acts as a [[spoiler:Power Nullifier in the form of chip implanted in the back of their skulls. ]]
- Good Powers, Bad People: One character royally abuses his 'charm' power.
- Glamour: Two characters not being vulnerable to this is important to the story.
- I See Dead People: One character is a medium, and she's not happy about it.
- Half-Human Hybrid: The COLAs are half alien.
- Healing Hands: Mia
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Dax Jones, although less over time.
- Master of Illusion: What Spook Williams likes to think he is.
- Missing Mom: Dax and all of the other COLAs have dead mothers. They were aliens, and died due to incompatibility with the Earth.
- Mysterious Animal Senses: A by-product of Dax's shapeshifting.
- Psychic Powers: Loads of them.
- Sadistic Choice: Catherine forces Dax to chose between saving his father, or saving Owen, whilst both are hanging on a oil rig.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: Used and lampshaded; the characters discuss how Dax is much lighter as a fox than as a human.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Dax's shapeshifting abilities are first triggered by stress.
- Twin Telepathy
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Dax Jones, any chance he gets. Can take fox, falcon and otter forms.
- Wicked Stepmother: Gina, Dax's stepmother. She mistreats him badly to the extent of locking him out of the house on a roasting hot day with no water.