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Winner of the 2014 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature

Bank Street College Center for Literature’s Best Books of 2014 List, Outstanding Merit

Fall 2013 Indie Next New Voices Pick/American Booksellers Association

“The book starts off fun and exciting with descriptions of Sophie’s innovative clothing and intensely delightful episodes… In the end, The Theory of Everything is a fun read with a pleasant focus on love that is heartily entertaining…”
– School Library Journal

“This book is for all the strange kids who write on their Converse sneakers with sharpies and for all the adults who believe that love beats cynicism.” – Zoe Trope, author of Please Don’t Kill The Freshman

“The spunky teens’ unaccompanied 20-hour train ride to New York City is a bit far-fetched, but Luna develops it into a funny, poignant, and productive trek. In this blend of realism, science fiction, and fantasy, Sophie learns about love, acceptance, and how to control her travel episodes. But still – will those talking pandas return?” – Booklist

The Theory of Everything pretty much has everything: a road trip, lots of lists, fun music and clothes, and physics! It’s a highly delightful read and one of my favorite books of the year.” — Rookie Magazine

“Luna has a vibrant, quotable style that gives Sophie’s narration considerable charm, and Sophie’s longing for her beloved, if unpredictable, father is poignantly expressed through her flashbacks to her life with him.”
– The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

“String theory physics, cute hipster fashion, 1980s hit music and shaman pandas to guide you through it all: This is the marvelous world of The Theory of Everything, a.k.a. a world we would like to drop everything and start living in right this minute.” –, Hollywood Crush

“An exciting, innovative, mind-bending adventure. Kari Luna is a new star in the YA landscape!” – Blake Nelson, author of Recovery Road, Paranoid Park and Girl

“Sophie Sophia is the kind of girl who does something, who goes on adventures and gets into trouble and takes chances. And even though this book is fun, funny and exciting, it also delves into some pretty deep emotions.” – Hello Giggles

The Theory of Everything is quirky, sweet and tear-jerking. It’s also funny and whimsical. So many adjectives I like!”
– Melissa Walker, author of Unbreak My Heart and Violet on the Runway

“This debut is whimsical, charming, and heartfelt, a truly unique and special YA novel.” – Largehearted Boy

“I am a sucker for absurdity in fiction, and if an author can come up with a reason, a really good one, for shaman pandas, panda marching bands, flying books and trips to eighties Cure concerts, well, I’m going to love them forever.” – Alice Marvels

“It’s wildly inventive… and I think people who enjoy magical realism will just really enjoy Kari Luna’s The Theory of Everything.”
– Nancy Pearl, The Vigilante Librarian on KUOW’s The Record with Steve Scher


Other Reviews

“It was quirky and original, yet so full of heart and spirit, you’ll be wishing for a shaman panda of your own.”– The Young Folks
“Three Local Writers Take Characters On A Journey” – The Oregonian
“Science Smarties fall for The Theory of Everything” – Girl’s Life Review
Mostly YA Lit (with GIFS!)
Miss Ripp
Books Over Flowers (with GIFS!)
The Flyleaf Review
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