I love books written with alternating chapters – some are the same story from two perspectives, some two time zones. For this Middle Grade novel, Christopher Edge does a brilliant job of using alternating chapters to relate the parallel lives (or are they?) of Maisie Day.
Maisie is an academically gifted girl, already studying for a science degree, who wakes on her 10th birthday eager for the party ahead of her. The social awkwardness she has from not going through a regular school career means a family gathering is her choice, but her relationship with her door-slamming teenage sister, Lily, is decidedly strained. So when Maisie looks out of the front door and finds all has gone black, the last person she would expect to help her is Lily. What unfolds over the course of these chapters is fascinating – by twist and turns we see Maisie’s understanding of the universe challenged in amazing ways.
Having read, and happily shortlisted, The Jamie Drake Equation for the Haringey Children’s Book Award, and now read Maisie Day, I am now itching to grab The Many Worlds of Albie Bright from my school library’s shelf. Christopher Edge has shown a canny ability to use science in his books without either over-whelming or boring a non-science-geek audience. Indeed, his well -researched use of very modern scientific information has certainly left me with both a better understanding and a greater desire to know more.
I see the same applying to children over 8 who will no doubt love this book as will the many adults who are reading it this month as part of Twitter’s Primary School Book Club hosted by @MrEPrimary – https://twitter.com/PrimarySchoolBC
The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day
Written by Christopher Edge, Published by Nosy Crow, April 2018, £6.99 paperback
Many thanks to Clare at Nosy Crow, who sent this book for my school reading group and I to read and review.