This new series features popular stories from the "Shades" series that have been reduced in length and complexity to provide a gripping, achievable read for less able or reluctant readers. In "Doing the Double", Dale and Joe are identical twins and the sons of a fallen football legend, Nicky Green. They've always laughed about doing the double - swapping identities for the day. It's always been a joke before...But this time it's serious - really serious. Dale wants Joe to take his place on the football pitch and do the double for real. And Joe isn't at all sure he wants to help, but how can he refuse his twin?
Alan studied English at Keble College, Oxford. He has written picture books and young fiction, as well as a number of teenage novels and contributed to several anthologies. He frequently visits both primary and secondary schools to perform, give talks and run workshops.