I wasn’t sure what to think when I first started reading this book, after all, was this story really telling me what I was reading? And yet, it was hard to resist this whimsical story of one girl’s quest to set her world right and find answers to why she sees things that no one else sees. Before you think that this is a book about mental health issues, think again, this book is really about finding yourself and finding your place in the universe. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and think some of my 5th graders will as well, it certainly is appropriate for them to read, but will take a certain type of reader to fall in love with it, just because of its story.
Bottomline: A creative book appropriate for 5th grade and up.
Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.
Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.