Book award 2017 'The Many Worlds of Albie Bright' by Christopher Edge

When Albie’s mum dies, it’s natural he should wonder where she’s gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something about Albie’s mum being alive and with them in a parallel universe. So Albie finds a box, his mum’s computer and a rotting banana, and sends himself through time and space to find her…


What he finds may or may not be what he’s looking for, but he does learn the answers to some big questions.

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Review by Esme – St James C E Junior School

Who do you think would enjoy this story?

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in science, time travelling or mischief. This book was an easy read but amazing story line and I would say it is aimed at ages 9–12.

Tell us what the story is about – but don’t give away the ending!

This book is about a boy called Albie who has recently lost his mum to cancer and is losing the plot with his dad (a famous scientist who is currently at the white house!) Albie is willing to travel to parallel universes using the quantum banana theory which consists of a banana, a cardboard box, his mums old computer and a geiger counter to find his mum and realizes that In each universe there is a slight change to his life…

Who is your favourite character and why?

The character I enjoyed the most was the ‘Bad Albie’ because he is so dissimilar to the Albie we started off with. Another reason I liked ‘Bad Albie’ is because he made me chuckle. Why don’t you give him a chance to make you laugh too?

I thought this book was: Brilliant

Review by Evie – Framfield Church of England Primary School

Who do you think would enjoy this story?

I would recommend it to anybody who, as well as being interested in science, likes adventurous stories. It could be a girl, could be a boy, really anybody who has an open mind and can cope with an ending you would never expect…

Tell us what the story is about – but don’t give away the ending!

The book is about Albie, a young boy who loses his Mum to cancer and comes across the Quantum Banana Theory on her laptop. Using that, he travels to several parallel worlds, each with one slight difference from the real world. He is desperately seeking the world where this one difference is that his Mum is still alive. So far his adventure to different realms has seen him discover a land with two moons; an alternative version of himself as a paralyzed girl; and a highly criminal Albie who tries to steal an antique platypus from a museum! But will he ever reach a world where his Mum is still alive?

Who is your favourite character and why?

My favorite character is Alba from the second parallel universe because she is in the same situation as Albie. She is also trying to find her mum (in this universe she died in a car crash) and she helps Albie get closer to finding their mum by giving him one of the most precious things she has. I think that overall Alba is a funny,caring and lovely person.

I thought this book was: Brilliant

Review by Lucy – Framfield Church of England Primary School

Who do you think would enjoy this story?

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes science and time travelling. This book is really good and has a great ending. It is an easy read and year 5 and 6 would really like it. it is for about ages 9–12. The main character is a boy. This book is really fascinating and funny. It has a great ending and lots of people would like it.

Tell us what the story is about – but don’t give away the ending!

It is about a boy named Albie Bright who’s parents are scientists. His mum has died of cancer and he really wants to try and find her. He travels to a parallel universe and hopes his mum is there. His dad has written a book about Quantum physics. He uses it to create a time travelling machine. He uses a banana, his mums computer and the geiger counter. It works and he sends his next door neighbours cat Dylan first. It has worked.

Who is your favourite character and why?

My favourite character is Albie because he is talented and enjoys science. We have quite a lot in common, he is mischievous and I am as well. He really enjoys science and creates the Quantum banana theory. He is really funny and has a different personality to every body else. He is very different in the parallel universe. In the first universe he is bad. The second he is a girl. And the third he is a little boy. He is kind and caring.

I thought this book was: Brilliant

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge