The Many Worlds of Albie Bright written by Christopher Edge, cover art by Matt Saunders and published by Nosy Crow was chosen as the Kid Lit Reader’s February book club choice and what a great choice this was.
It tells the story of Albie, who was sadly lost his mother to cancer as soon as we launch into reading the story. He is struggling to come to terms with the situation, he can’t cry, can’t grieve, can’t really seem to accept that she’s gone.
Then, enters science, the underlying element of this book. Both of Albie’s parents are scientists and as such usually have all the answers. Albie draws on this experience of his family life and starts to investigate quantum physics. With the help of a box, a laptop and a rotting banana, Albie propels himself through space and time into an array of wonderful alternative universes in a heartfelt and ambitious attempt to bring his mother home.
It’s clear from the start, and even just from reading the blurb, that The Many Worlds of Albie Bright is going to be emotional, and heartbreaking to read. Any book focusing on the death of a parent promises this kind of rollercoaster ride. But Christopher has managed to bring in another dimension, science. And this is why Albie Bright packs a punch! This book is packed full of fantastic scientific facts and explanations that merge and intertwine brilliantly with the story. They are clearly and simply explained so that children, and adults too, will completely understand every theory thrown their way. Christopher has researched and understands his topic very thoroughly and it makes for a fascinating read.
The Many Worlds of Albie Bright would make an ideal choice for school and book groups. There is so much scope for discussion, and also potential for children to explore and create their own alternate universes while learning about science and human reactions to their differing situations.
The science is a large focus of the book, but it doesn’t, however, overshadow what is an emotional journey of love, loss, grief, parenting and even discovering our different selves. As Albie travels across alternative universes he meets alternative Albies. Learns what he could have been and eventually realises what is truly important in life. This is a book which will certainly pull hard at your heartstrings, maybe even shed a tear or two, but will also have you laughing and learning! A perfect combination! You will fall in love with Albie, his character is so rounded and well thought out, you hear his voice, feel his heart and live his tale with him every step of the way. This is a book which will suck you in and hold on tight until the end! Beautifully written.
Hear Christopher Edge talking about the Many Worlds of Albie Bright right here:
– Christopher Edge Interview
Listen to his soundtrack to the story here:
– Albie Bright Soundtrack
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