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The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day

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As in Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, math and science inform this mind-bending mystery about a girl who must work with the laws of the universe and trust the love of her family if she is to set her world right. Gripping, terrifying and eye-poppingly original. Grabs hold of your brain—then tugs at your heart.”—Jonathan Stroud, author of the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy Twelve-year-old Lily has lived with her emotionally distant oncologist stepfather and a succession of nannies since her mother died in a car accident two years ago. Nannies leave because of the difficulty of caring for Adam, Lily’s severely autistic 4-year-old half brother. The newest, Suzanne, seems promising, but Lily is tired of feeling like a planet orbiting the sun Adam. When she meets blind Zoe, who will attend the same private middle school as Lily in the fall, Lily’s happy to have a friend. However, Zoe’s take on the plight of the captive dolphin, Nori, used in Adam’s therapy opens Lily’s eyes. She knows she must use her influence over her stepfather, who is consulting on Nori’s treatment for cancer (caused by an oil spill), to free the animal. Lily’s got several fine lines to walk, as she works to hold onto her new friend, convince her stepfather of the rightness of releasing Nori, and do what’s best for Adam. In her newest exploration of animal-human relationships, Rorby’s lonely, mature heroine faces tough but realistic situations. Siblings of children on the spectrum will identify with Lily. If the tale flirts with sentimentality and some of the characters are strident in their views, the whole never feels maudlin or didactic. The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day is a heartbreaking, head-melting science fiction mystery from the superlative Christopher Edge The Guardian The infinite lives of Maisie Day" is written by @christopheredge . Maisie Day is an autistic 10 years old girl who experiences weird and strange events on her 10th birthday. she is "academically gifted" and is genius daughter compared to her elder sister "Lily". On her 10th birthday when she wakes up she finds her house empty and her parents and Lily has been disappeared. Maisie is experiencing two contrasting days on her birthday which puts the reader in curiosity.

I didn't know what I was in for, and even for much of this, I still didn't appreciate the astuteness of this. This really is a very intelligent science/maths story for children, and one bright children will relish. Two reasons: 1) It has a very upsetting part of the plot which I can't talk about without giving too much away and 2) I was really, really bugged by a small scene where one of the characters faces sexual harassment and is forced to give in to it. I also want to mention that the story has a dark edge that I wasn’t expecting. There’s some emotional weight to the last quarter of the book that will probably fall on readers who aren’t ready for it (in fun twisty ways and in jarring, horrifying ways). By the end, however, it’s all come together into something rather sweet and uplifting. This book will likely be appealing to a young reader who is on the verge of jumping right into adult sci-fi but would just as soon read something with a more relatable character. I worry, however, that many will be turned off by the protagonist (why is she a next-level prodigy? wouldn’t the story work just fine if she were a garden-variety genius?) and the sheer volume of mini science lessons.And, if that’s not ambitious enough, author – Christopher Edge – sets himself two other seemingly herculean tasks. First, explaining Maisie’s comprehensive understanding of the laws of physics in a way that is accessible to a middle grade reader. Then, secondly, telling the story from Maisie’s viewpoint in two different realities in alternate chapters (with no headings or clues to warn the readers about this approach). There is a lot of talk about the importance of ‘high-concept’ ideas in children’s books and The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day is about as high-concept as it gets. Our heroine, Maisie, is trapped in an ever-shifting reality where infinite darkness is slowly wiping away everything she knows. To survive she must master her fear and use her knowledge of the laws of the universe to make sense of this mind-bending mystery. Those who aren't keen on maths may lose interest early on, but if it hits a nerve, they are in for a cerebral treat with Maisie, the birthday girl in for a rough day... Maisie Day is a smart, very smart girl. She out of step with her older sister, who gifts lay elsewhere, but she's pretty okay with that. This is a great middle-grade book that combines science with literature without feeling mass-produced or forced. I don't want to say much about the storyline, as I loved going into the book with only the reputation of the author in my head. But, think adventurous/ nerdy a la Doctor Who, and well-written, like Holes. But, I want to say a few other remarks that only touch on the storyline. First, the protagonist is unapologetically smart. Girls need that. Second, the book doesn't assume the reader is dumb. This is the hardest thing about middle-grade math/science related fiction. Writers need to honor their readers, and this book does that well. Totally enjoyable read that does justice to the science and coding without sacrificing readability.

Gripping, terrifying and eye-poppingly original. Grabs hold of your brain - then tugs at your heart. Jonathan Stroud Edge] . . . has a magical way of distilling difficult concepts [like] relativity, gravity, time and space, infinity. . . .He weaves these ideas into a high-energy thriller.” –The Times (UK) PDF / EPUB File Name: The_infinite_lives_of_maisie_day_-_Christopher_edge.pdf, The_infinite_lives_of_maisie_day_-_Christopher_edge.epub A heartbreaking, head-melting science fiction mystery from the superlative Christopher Edge.” –The Guardian I think this book is my favourite book by Christopher Edge, because it seemed very puzzling at first, but then gradually the reader got to understand what was going on in both lives of Maisie Day. Maisie Day was my favourite character, because she is as kind as she is smart and even though she thought her big sister Lily hated her, she managed to cope with her and they were both happy with each other, and also, Maisie's cleverness helped her work out what everything was when she felt confused and alone. I like Lily too (but not as much as Maisie) because at the start of the book she is SO moody with Maisie, but then as you read more, her feelings towards Maisie change (and she actually starts crying a lot about her little sister!). I think that Maisie and Lily work well together as a team and I am glad that they started becoming more like themselves before Lily turned into a teenager. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes science (because you can learn a lot about that from Maisie), computing (because of what happens at the end) or anyone who just likes a puzzle.

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon

Winner of the STEAM Children's Book Prize,the Fantastic Book Award and the Ysgol Bae Baglan Book Award. Nominated for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award, the Derbyshire Schools' Book Award, the Salford Children's Book Award, the Sheffield Children's Book Award, the Wolverhampton Children's Book Awardand the Brilliant Book Award. Longlisted for the Leicester LibrariesOur Best Book Award and the Berkshire Book Award. Book Genre: Adventure, Childrens, Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery, Physics, Science, Science Fiction, Young Adult It's very short (only 3 hours to listen to) but like nothing I've read before, and certainly unique amongst children's books. There is juvenile fiction with similar protagonists but not a story like this one. I'll look forward to listening to it with my son (aged 7) when he's older. With the assist of a Q&A addendum on “The Science Behind The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day,” this inventive British import will challenge middle-grade sci-fi readers and family-story enthusiasts alike.”— The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books I like that in each book (at least this and The Longest Night of Charlie Noon that I read so far from him) Christopher is teaching us about life stuff, like time and space and science and the universe through the eyes of a child.

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