The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, by Christopher Edge.
I’ve just finished reading The Infinite Lives of Masie Day by the same author and was about to review it, when I realised it would be better to start at the beginning here. These books (there are three of them) are excellent, so I’m starting with Albie Bright. I haven’t yet read The Jamie Drake Equation, but I will and I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.
In this book, Christopher Edge manages to drag us away from the endless diet of magic and into the world of science. It’s this blend of rational thought and emotion that makes these books so readable for me and, I believe, ideal for both boys and girls. In The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, the loss of a parent is sensitively handled (but be aware that this is integral to the story).
Somewhere, in a parallel universe, Albie’s mum is alive - or so his dad says. It’s a statement designed to comfort, but Albie, being Albie, sets out to find her. He uses Quantum Banana Theory and his mum’s old computer to reach beyond the veil. It’s a little bit slow to begin with, but I urge you to stay with it because it’s well worth it. There’s so much in here that’s both educational and entertaining. It’ll bring a tear to your eye, but in a good way.
Ideal for Year 5/6. Buy all three for those summer reads!
We give this book a Yellowbird rating of 5 "Yellowbirds" out of 5!