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How amazing would it be to have a dad who's an astronaut?

Rocket launches, zero gravity, and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake's dad is orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station and Jamie ought to think it's cool but he just really misses him...

Hanging out at his local observatory, Jamie picks up a strange signal on his phone. It looks like alien life is getting closer to home. But space is a dangerous place and when his dad's mission goes wrong, can Jamie prove that he's a hero too?

A cosmic adventure for anyone who's ever looked at the stars, from the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright.

Cover illustration by Matt Saunders.

The Jamie Drake Equation Reviews | Toppsta

9780857638403
  • ISBN: 9780857638403
  • Pub Date: 2nd March 2017
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Imprint: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 190

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23rd March '17
Rory read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
5 stars
When I first saw the cover of this book I just knew I had to read it and Hooray...it was just as good as I hoped it would be. 
A perfect book for people like me who are interested in science, space and sci-fi. It has a wonderful story that keeps you interested from start to finish. 
The story is full of wonderful description that makes it feel so believable. Like you are part of the story. 
I will read this book again I enjoyed it so much 
12th May '17
Danmanx read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
5 stars
I liked this story.  It is about a boy, his dad and his granda.  His dad is an astronaut and his granda was in a band called Death Panda.  Jamie has moved school three times and moved home three times.  He has no friends in his new school.  I loved that in the book his class are learning about space as my class are learning about space also now.  His homework from school is to make an alien.  This book is good for boys and girls and especially anyone who likes science, space and adventure.  My favourite character is Jamie.  The descriptions are really good in this story I could picture everything happening because the descriptions where so good.
26th September '18
SamandMaisylovetoread1 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
5 stars
The Jamie Drake Equation is a really great book that isn't too long nor short which is great for people my age. It's about a brave boy called Jamie who has problems because his dad is an astronaut and Jamie is proud, but really misses him. Jamie gets up to one huge adventure involving his family, an alien and all his bravery. I really enjoyed this book because it showed Jamie's emotions, fears and bravery. It had great descriptions and it was easy to understand. Overall, one of my favourite books!
7th August '18
I read it to Darth aged 9 aged 9
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
5 stars
A really thought provoking read. Led to a lot of discussions between my son and I. It's so well researched, that it felt like a factual book which my son loved. It's also perfect as Space was a recent topic at school for him. Jamie's father is an astronaut who is in Space. Jamie discovers an alien species and the two work together to help Jamie when his father gets into trouble. Against all this, Jamie discovers his parents are separating and the author does very well to convey how terrible this feels for Jamie. A really well written story. 
13th March '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to Book Club aged 9 to 11 & to Year5 aged 9 to 10
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
5 stars
I have been looking forward to reading this book for so long and it really didn't disappoint.

Jamie’s dad is world famous astronaut Dan Drake and that's brilliant, right? Wrong. It means that while everyone is watching him on the International Space Station on a mission to seek out life, he isn't at home with Jamie. And Jamie really wants him home. Living with Granddad is too noisy, he has a maths test he needs his dad to help him with, and the day of his dad’s space mission is Jamie's 11th birthday.

When he finds the old observatory at Beacon Hill, it isn't abandoned. An astrologer is also searching for signs of life out in the universe, and Jamie isn't to touch a thing…

Packed with real science (the Drake Equation, the Fibonacci Sequence and the Standard Model) this stunning sci-fi adventure is out of this world. Vivid descriptions bring Christopher Edge’s fantasy to life, as we see if there really is life out there in the cosmos.

Great for fans of Dr Who, all things astrological, aliens and science. 
26th March '17
BenS246 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
5 stars
Ben loved this book highly recommend 
7th April '17
CCR06 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
5 stars
This book was absolutely amazing if I could I would give it ten stars.It was  really heart warming and I devoured it in one sitting. My favourite character was Jamie's dad,Dan Drake.One of the best books I have read by far. :D.Absolutely amazing. Id recommend it to  anyone who loves adventure and fiction.You don't need to like space either I think you would enjoy it either way.
19th January '18
Sea Turtle read it themselves aged 10 to 11
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
5 stars
I was fully interested in this book as I learned about new things in science such as how long a light-year is. It's about a boy whose dad is working on a mission in space and the family are worried that he may not come back. It's a mixture of action packed adventure and emotional encounters.

Harry aged 10
30th May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
5 stars
I have now read all 3 of the Christopher Edge books and I must admit, I am a huge fan of his writing after doing so! My favourite is still 'The infinite lives of Maisie Day' however, I think this is only because I related to the book for various reasons. Jamie Drake though- I thought it was suitable for ages 7-11 and it was very relatable for children who may have to live with a parent/carer being away from home and feel the emotions around that. The topic was explored sensitively throughout at it lead to Jamie having to make a huge decision to try and save his dad and his family. I think a lot of children in my class will thoroughly enjoy this book, especially as Jamie gains contact with Aliens (something they would definitely like to do). This book will be displayed in my 'Recommended Reads' box for sure! 
23rd March '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
4 stars
A Sci-Fi adventure where aliens communicate by smartphone. This book will particularly appeal to boys from 7-12 years who are interested in maths or science and space. Perfectly timed following the news coverage of Tim Peake's space mission.  It is a charming story which also deals with the impact upon the family when a parent is away from home. 

Beautifully illustrated and I could see this working well as a class read in a primary school as there would be lots of issues to discuss and topics/projects that could tie in with the story.

A thoroughly enjoyable adventure story that moves at a good pace.
20th April '17
Bobbin read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
4 stars
A fantastic mix of space, science, astronauts and communicating with aliens, this book has an exciting and enticing mix of elements. Jamie, the main character, has an astronaut for a father who has just gone on a mission to the International Space Station to launch an attempt to communicate with other life forms that might be out there in far off space. Back on earth, Jamie meets an astronomer in a local disused observatory. And then then strange things start  to happen. Are aliens trying to communicate with Jamie? This is a fantastic story which finds a way to weave science into a very creative and imaginative story. Against this is a backdrop of the changing dynamics of Jamies home life. The story has many themes running through it that are thought provoking and great for initiating a whole host of different discussions. My son loved it, in particular the fact that it was about aliens. We already have the next Christopher Edge book on shelves, ready and waiting to be read!
31st March '17
Actionbro9 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
4 stars
This book was very slow to start but once it got going I enjoyed it. I loved all the detail about how the mechanics of the International Space Station work and I loved the whole subject/story line as I haven't read anything like it before.

I think it would appeal to both boys and girls as its about space and so appeals to both sexes.

There was nothing I didn't like about it apart from the slow start but that's because I normally like a faster paced book so if that's you then this book might be a challenge

My sister age 11 also read this book so this review is really a joint effort.
25th March '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
3 stars
This was an OK book. I was expecting more from it but I overall found it sweet and refreshing. The characters were simple yet effective and the storyline basic but still had a hint of originality. I recommend for fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.
27th March '17
I read it to Lollipop101 aged 9 aged 9
The Jamie Drake Equation 9780857638403
3 stars
This is a really heartwarming story. Its full of 'sciency', 'spacey' action and perfect for boys!! That said my daughter enjoyed this book too as felt empathy towards the main character.

Beautifully written and highly recommended !
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Author Christopher Edge worked as a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of teenage novel The Dead Ways and novelty book How to be a Hero. Popular illustrator Maggie Kneen's most recent book for Templar is Christmas in the Mouse House; Richard Johnson's are the pop-up sounds books Alice in Wonderland and Pinocchio. Sandy Nightingale h...

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