- Stars: 5
- Would I recommend it: Definitely
- Age range: 8-12+
“HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO CHANGE YOUR WORLD?
When Albie’s mum dies, it’s natural he should ask where she’s gone. His parents are scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something about quantum physics and parallel universes, so Albie gets a box, a laptop and a rotting banana, and sends himself through time and space in search of his mum.
What he finds may or may not be what he’s looking for, but he does learn the answers to some big questions.
An extraordinary novel for anyone who’s ever been curious.”
I bought this book for SC on a whim because I liked the look of the cover and the detail on the back.
It pretty much stayed on the shelf for a couple of months, until we ran out of books to read. SC was slightly reluctant, but we started reading, and from the first page he was hooked and got rather upset when it was time to stop reading each night – “don’t stop mummy, keep reading!”
I’m not going to give away any spoilers, because that’s not fair.
But, we did learn some fascinating facts about quantum physics (and for someone who pretty much sucked at the subject at school, why were my physics lessons never this interesting?)
At the heart of the book is a story about dealing with loss and grief. Which for a child’s book is a very deep subject, especially when the subject who dies is your mum, but the book deals with this delicate issue with subtlety and tact.
There are some very touching and poignant moments as well as some rather funny antics along the way – especially the one with the stuffed platypus and when some 90s disco moves are mentioned (those were the days, and yes I did have to give a demonstration to SCC!)
This is an amazing book and would recommend anyone to read it from 8 upwards. As an adult I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt some stuff I didn’t know before and SC was totally hooked.
But, maybe it’s just us, but we did get slightly teary (OK we got very teary and both blubbed) at the end of the book – so just beware and have some tissues handy!
“We’re all made of stardust!”