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"A book with a big brain, big laughs and a big, big heart." - Frank Cottrell-Boyce

An extraordinary novel for anyone who's ever been curious.

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...

"Christopher Edge's warm hearted writing sucks you in from the start with a sparkling take on parallel worlds, fuelled by a delightfully fresh understanding of quantum physics and a fearless ability to take on life, loss and dreaming big while never talking down to his readers. Bananas will never be the same again. I have one complaint about this book. I wanted it to be longer." - Samira Ahmed

Cover illustration by Matt Saunders.

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9780857636041
  • ISBN: 9780857636041
  • Pub Date: 14th January 2016
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Imprint: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 208

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22nd May '18
NedK read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This book was the best book I've read.The characters had great detail and it never got boring.My favourite part was when he made the quantum banana theory.When his mum dies it was a bit sad.The only thing I didn't like was that it was a  bit too scientific in the middle of the book.
22nd May '18
NedK read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Many Worlds of Albie Bright 9780857636041
5 stars
This book was the best book I've read.The characters had great detail and it never got boring.My favourite part was when he made the quantum banana theory.When his mum dies it was a bit sad.The only thing I didn't like was that it was a  bit too scientific in the middle of the book.
20th January '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I finished reading The Many Worlds of Albie Bright and sat, book clutched to my chest with hope in my heart and tears pouring down my face.
Beautifully written, this is a story for anyone who has ever lost someone they love, for those with an incurable curiosity, and for all of us who have ever looked into the dark night sky and wondered at the enormity of the universe.
Albie has lost his mum to cancer; when seeking comfort and reassurance from his dad he gets instead some mumblings about quantum physics and parallel universes. And so Albie decides that he needs to travel through space and time, to find his mum in whatever universe she is still alive.
The science is explained wonderfully and had both me and my 10 year old son wanting to learn more. Albie has lots of questions, and on his journey he finds the answers to some important ones. Please take the time to travel with him.

"There's a piece of heaven inside you and there's a piece of heaven inside me. We are all made of stardust."
20th August '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to Class 3 aged 7 to 8
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5 stars
This is a thought provoking and wonderfully imaginative story. It centres around a boy named Albie. His dad is a famous TV scientist (think Brian Cox) and his mum was a brilliant physicist at Cern. The story revolves around Albie's experiences following his mum's death. As a non-scientist, I loved the introduction to quantum physics and the work of the scientists in Cern too. Albie's quest to find his mum is exciting and invites the reader to think deeply about some quite difficult theories. It's sensitive and yet has some wonderful humour too. It's a brilliant read and thoroughly recommended.
2nd March '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This is the first book I've read by Christopher Edge but I think I'll need to read more. In a word this book is amazing! It tackles huge topics both emotionally and intellectually but somehow manages to present them in a way that is both easily explained and understood. 

This is a book about a boy's journey through time and space in parallel universes but also his emotional journey in coming to terms with the loss of his mum and his awkward relationship with his dad. The story is full of heart and laughter - I even shed a tear or two at the end! 

The book is beautifully presented with an incredible cover by Matt Saunders and internal illustrations by Spike Gerrell.

The star of the story is definitely Albie. A wonderfully inquisitive young boy simply trying to make sense of the world he's been left with. Let's face it, who wouldn't want to travel to a parallel universe every now and then?
26th July '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
An attractive book cover is the first thing to note.  The second is that a quick flick through the pages tells you that this is a book science geeks will enjoy: there's a cartoon of Schrodinger's cat experiment to show the strange effects of quantum physics, as well as talk of parallel universes and the Large Hadron Collider. But, even for those children who are not into science, this book has appeal because Albie Bright (son of TV super-star Ben Bright) is just an ordinary kid who misses his mum.  In fact, he misses her so much, he's willing to go to the end of the universe, or even a different one, to find her.  It's not at all obvious whether he'll succeed and therein lies the suspense.  At times surprising, at others funny, at the end quite touching (whether or not you believe we're made of stardust), this is a hugely and enjoyable inventive story.
18th November '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This is one of the shortlisted books for the Hooked On Books category for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2017.

Think quantum physics meets Doctor Who and you’re some of the way to understanding how this tale of coming to terms with the loss of a loved one takes shape.

When Albie’s mum dies, he wants to know where she has gone. When his dad mentions parallel universes, Albie is convinced that science holds the key to being able to see her again. With a cardboard box, an overripe banana, skating pads and his mum’s laptop, he sets off to find her in which ever world she might be in.

I loved it, I cried and I finally understand Shrodingers Cat. Now where did I leave that overripe banana?

Great for sci-fi, adventure, Dr Who lovers.
9th July '18
CobyC read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
Albys mum dies and hi gose on a advencher thuer time and space
8th July '17
Bobbin read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This is the book that you never knew your child needed to read - a book that can explain quantum physics and parrellel universes in any easily accessible manner, wrapped up in an emotionally gripping story.

Albie is a young boy dealing with the death of his mother from cancer. His father is a famous-on-tv scientist who is away filming a lot, and not much able to help his grief-ridden son. In trying to explain death, he ends up talking about what he knows - quantum physics and parallel universes. He explains that in a parallel universe his mum did not die, and is alive and well. This serves to inspire his son to investigate in more depth, and to create his own experiment to explore other universes.

My son read this book in a matter of days, he could not put it down. The sections that I read with him were easy to read and I certainly also wanted to find out what happened next - it is a real page turner. This is a fantastic book for any child who loves science and wants to learn more - indeed it covers a lot of modern science (including the Hadron Collider) that even many adults are not aware of. This is a book that I would definitely recommend to other parents, and is one that I suspect that I will give to a lot of other children as a present. A real 'must read'.
25th March '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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4 stars
A children's book about quantum physics? Yes, and black holes and parallel universes too. Albie Bright is the ten year old son of two world renowned scientists. When his mom dies of cancer, he decides to use quantum physics to find her. Equipped with his mom's super sophisticated laptop, a Geiger counter, a banana and a cardboard box, he develops Quantum Banana Theory and sets off on a quest to be reunited with his mother. His adventure takes him to parallel universes where he comes face to face with other versions of himself, his classmates and his family.
Despite the themes of loss and grief, the tone of the book is surprisingly lighthearted and there is a lot of humour. I laughed out loud on a number of occasions. The story rattles along at a good pace and there are plenty of twists and turns. The final scenes are beautiful and moving.

The science is accessible and exciting - the science of science fiction - and will fuel or spark scientifically curious minds.
28th August '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Many Worlds of Albie Bright 9780857636041
4 stars
A children's book that involves parallel universes and quantum physics - yes please! 
This is a story about Albie. His parents are scientists. His mum sadly dies and he wants to find a way to see her again, so when his dad mentions parallel world's and things existing in more than one place, he gets an idea. 
A very well written, short story which I very much enjoyed. It's a little bonkers, but I mean that's part of its charm. Albie is a very likeable character, as are some of the people he meets along his journey. I really liked the message of it at the end too. A lovely way for children to explore loss.
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About Christopher Edge

Christopher Edge grew up in Manchester where he spent most of his childhood in the local library dreaming up stories, but now lives in Gloucestershire where he spends most of his time in the local library dreaming up stories. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an English teacher, editor and publisher - any job that let him keep a book close to hand. He a...

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