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|Jamie Drake equation|
Author: Edge, Christopher
Jamie has a close encounter with an alien who tells him his father, an astronaut on a mission at the International Space Station, is in trouble and needs Jamie's help.
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 7.50
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 75062
School Library Journal (00/04/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/06/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/01/2018 Jamie misses his father, an astronaut orbiting Earth in the International Space Station, and looks forward to the moment when Dad will release a swarm of tiny, light-powered space probes to search for alien life. Meanwhile, the sixth-grader’s exploration of an old observatory leads to his own contact with an alien he calls Buzz, who helps him in unexpected ways. Overhearing that his parents are planning a divorce, Jamie is shocked and angry. But when a solar storm damages the ISS, he wonders, can Buzz help save his father? Within Jamie’s spheres at home, at school, and at the observatory, Edge creates a number of well-drawn primary and secondary characters, including Buzz, a complex collective being. An intriguing appended section discusses the novel’s scientific background, including the Fibonacci sequence, the Drake equation estimating the number of alien civilizations, scientists’ attempts to find them, and the challenges of making contact. Jamie’s first-person narrative will draw readers into the story and surprise them with twists along the way as its space-age realism bends toward science fiction. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2018 Gr 4–7—Jamie used to think his biggest problem was missing his dad, an astronaut. Then Jamie discovers a secret science lab on the top of a hill and downloads a mysterious alien intelligence onto his phone. Now he's drawing amazing portraits of an alien homeworld and writing out super long equations—and he wasn't even good at math before! But things go from strange to worrying and very soon, Jamie has to save his dad and his family. This book touches on some interesting math topics that will thrill some and confuse others. The real-life social issues that are tackled, such as divorce, are approached in believable and satisfying ways. There is even a small section in the back that answers questions on aliens contact. VERDICT A fine purchase for beginner sci-fi readers or any child interested in aliens and space flight.—Kathryn Kania, Pelham Public Library, NH - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.