The Jamie Drake Equation

192p. Random. Jun. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781524713614.
Gr 4–7—Jamie used to think his biggest problem was missing his dad, an astronaut. Then Jamie discovers a secret science lab on the top of a hill and downloads a mysterious alien intelligence onto his phone. Now he's drawing amazing portraits of an alien homeworld and writing out super long equations—and he wasn't even good at math before! But things go from strange to worrying and very soon, Jamie has to save his dad and his family. 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.

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