Stories Aloud
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Publication date: 02 Mar 2017
ISBN: 9780857638403
Size: 198 x 129 mm
Length: 208 pages

The Jamie Drake Equation


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.

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“Packed with astrophysics, emotion and invention on a galactic scale, this is science fiction at its most moving and exciting.”

“Told with the intelligence and heart we expect of Christopher Edge… Edge has found the equation that solves the problem of how to write a fun, intellectually challenging novel with an emotional centre. It’s a big tick.”

“With family drama and alien intrigue, this captures both the wonder of space and the complexity of growing up.”

“A light speed adventure: touching, gripping and intelligent.”

Ross Welford (author of Time-travelling with a Hamster)

“A story of huge ideas and even huger heart.”

–  Abi Elphinstone (author of The Dream Snatcher trilogy)

“An adventure that wears its out-of-this-world-ness with verve and delight, but which never forgets where its heart is.”

A.F. Harrold (author of The Imaginary)

“After the amazing The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, Christopher Edge would easily be forgiven for a less ambitious follow-up. Instead, he has written a novel easily as good as the one before, filled with his trademark combination of wit, pathos and hilarity.”

“Jamie’s first-person narrative will draw readers into the story and surprise them with twists along the way as its space-age realism bends toward science fiction.”


“With solid science and believable family conflicts, this will be very satisfying to readers whose wishful thinking can suspend disbelief.”

Kirkus Reviews

“This book touches on some interesting math topics that will thrill some and confuse others. The real-life social issues that are tackled, such as divorce, are approached in believable and satisfying ways. There is even a small section in the back that answers questions on aliens contact. VERDICT A fine purchase for beginner sci-fi readers or any child interested in aliens and space flight.”

–  School Library Journal

“Every book Christopher Edge writes is a surprise and a delight.”

Janet Smyth, for Lounge Books

“Combining action and adventure with cutting-edge space exploration, this is truly awesome storytelling for middle grade readers.”

“Once again Christopher has managed to expand my mind with this fantastic adventure delivering an emotional story which packs a punch in terms of tension and drama. Wonderfully compelling and brilliantly told this story will take your breath away.”

“An exciting, adventure story… The Jamie Drake Equation’ is one of those great books that offers a humorous, intelligent, warm and gripping read. I can’t wait to get it into the hands of children in my class.”

“The Jamie Drake Equation tore apart my atoms, shook them up and put me back together again. It made me smile, broke my heart and left me in awe of the universe.”

Jamie Drake is a fantastic story that young readers will devour in one sitting. It’s a story for anyone who has ever looked up at the stars and wondered if we really are alone on this planet we call Earth.”

“Captivating, realistic and yet so imaginative. Just supersonic!”

“Edge creates a number of well-drawn primary and secondary characters, including Buzz, a complex collective being…  Jamie’s first-person narrative will draw readers into the story and surprise them with twists along the way as its space-age realism bends toward science fiction.”

Booklist US

The Bulletin of the Center For Children’s Books

“It really immerses you into the pages!”

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