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 Many worlds of Albie Bright
 Author: Edge, Christopher

 Publisher:  Delacorte
 Pub Year: 2017

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 167 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 303227 ISBN: 9781524713577
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Space and time -- Fiction
 Mothers -- Death -- Fiction
 Grief -- Fiction
 Curiosity -- Fiction
 Astrophysicists -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Science fiction

Price: $20.01

When Albie's mother dies from cancer, his father explains that she may be alive in a parallel universe, so he decides to universe-hop and find her with the help of a banana, a laptop, and a box.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 6.20
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 192125
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 7.50
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 75168

   School Library Journal (00/03/17)
   Booklist (03/15/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2017 Gr 3–5—This lovely story about overcoming grief is occasionally overburdened by technical descriptions. Albie Bright is an English schoolchild who has lost his scientist mother to cancer. He delves into quantum physics and travels through time in search of his mother, hoping that even though she has died in his universe, she's still alive in a parallel one. Albie manages to run into alternate versions of himself and the people in his life in each new universe, all the while striving to change his own reality. Readers will be captivated by Albie's adventures in parallel versions of his own life and intrigued by the science behind his travels. The scientific details, however, feel overwhelming at times, and some readers may lose interest in the book altogether. As the narrative picks up steam, those who have kept at it are rewarded with a compelling tale about coping with loss and accepting reality. VERDICT A fascinating take on bereavement and sorrow, best suited to strong readers who enjoy science fiction.—Casey O'Leary, Mooresville Public Library, IN - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/15/2017 Albie’s parents are brilliant scientists, so when his mom dies of cancer, he turns to science to assuage his grief—namely, quantum physics. With the help of a rudimentary understanding of the theory of Schrödinger’s Cat, a banana (they’re mildly radioactive), a box, and his late mother’s quantum laptop, Albie builds a device that transports him to parallel universes, and he hopes to find one in which his mother is still alive. Albie’s machine works, but he mostly finds alternate versions of himself and his father, and experiencing ways his life could have turned out differently leads him to appreciate his own universe all the more, even if it means living in a world without his mom. Edge offers an artful, touching exploration of grief dressed in clever sci-fi trappings. Though the ending is a bit tidy, Albie’s realizations about his father, himself, and the importance of not running away from tough feelings ring true. Albie’s earnest, geeky first-person narrative, inflected with references to science and classic sci-fi, will be especially appealing to middle-grade fans of the genre. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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