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|Infinite lives of Maisie Day|
Author: Edge, Christopher
On her tenth birthday, super-smart Maisie wakes to a shifted reality and must work within the laws of the universe and trust the love of her family to set the world right. Alternate chapters present divergent timelines.
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/19)
School Library Journal (+) (03/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2019 Gr 4 Up—It's Maisie Day's 10th birthday and she comes down the stairs expecting everything to be perfectly normal—her father making breakfast, her mother planning her party, and her older sister being her usual grumpy self. Instead, she seems to enter an alternate universe; no one is in the house and when she opens her front door, a gaping black abyss appears before her. Told in chapters alternating between what seems to be Maisie's "real" world and an alternate universe, readers will be drawn into this intriguing, suspenseful story with the intrepid Maisie in the lead. The fascinating plot will keep readers at the edge of their seats as they try to guess what happens next. The last few chapters have an explosive twist that will have readers shedding a tear or two—and flipping pages back and forth to reread earlier chapters. The complexity of the relationship between young Maisie and her older sister will linger with readers. Kids who love A Wrinkle in Time and other stories which play on the theories of physics and mathematical puzzles will enjoy how Edge weaves the nuances of scientific theories into a well-told narrative. An author's note at the end explains the science behind the fantasy. VERDICT A suspenseful yet poignant science fiction novel that deftly weaves scientific theories with the equally complex relationship between two very different sisters.—Evelyn Khoo Schwartz, Holton Arms School, Bethesda, MD - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2019 It’s the morning of Maisie Day’s tenth birthday; the sun is bright (or is it even shining?), and she is excited. Maybe now her parents will allow her to go to the store alone. But the house is eerily quiet, and her family nowhere in sight. As Maisie opens the patio doors, a strange blackness creeps into her house. With the blackness comes nothingness. Maisie, extremely bright in chemistry, physics, and math, no longer attends school. She is already working on a bachelor’s degree in science with a tutor, academically putting her far beyond her jealous 15-year-old sister, who is struggling with her A-levels for university. However, Maisie doesn’t have any friends her age, unlike her popular sister. In a creepy blend of reality, concepts of an infinite universe, and black holes, Edge’s mystery alternates chapters—one in real time, one not—always interspersing facts and theories about infinite time and space into each. What’s real, and what’s not? Even with appended science notes, this mystery will leave readers pondering Maisie's ultimate fate and what lies beyond this world. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.