The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Albie misses his parents. His dad is too busy travelling all over the world now that he's a famous scientist on TV - and his mum won't ever be coming back because she died of cancer.
Science runs in the family, so it's science he turns to for some comfort. Quantum theory opens up endless possibilities to Albie - in some of these parallel universes, his mum might still be alive. With a cardboard box and a black banana, Albie's going to travel through time and space to see her again.
This middle grade drama is a fun exploration of one aspect of quantum physics, and doesn't dwell too heavily on the trauma of losing a parent. Considering the topics covered, it's a light read that even reluctant readers might be tempted to try. A bit funny, a bit sad and a bit mad.