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The Science of Breakable Things

The Science of Breakable Things

Middle schooler Natalie's year-long assignment to answer a question using the scientific method leads to truths about her mother's depression and her own cultural identity.

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ISBN 9781524715694
Barcode 9781524715694
Published 21 May 2019 by Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Keller, Tae
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ISBN-13 9781524715694
ISBN-10 1524715697
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Random House
Imprint Ballantine Books Inc.
Publication Date 21 May 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Keller, Tae
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 194mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 213g
Interest Age 9-12 years
Reading Age 9-12 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 979462

Description of this Book

Natalie's uplifting story of using the scientific process to save her mother from depression is what Booklist calls a winning story full of heart and action. When life tries to break you, hold tight to your friends. When Natalie's science teacher suggests that she enter an egg drop competition, Natalie thinks that this might be the perfect solution to all of her problems. There's prize money, and if she and her friends wins, then she can fly her botanist mother to see the miraculous Cobalt Blue Orchids--flowers that survive against impossible odds. Natalie's mother has been suffering from depression, and Natalie is sure that the flowers' magic will inspire her mom to love life again. Which means it's time for Natalie's friends to step up and show her that talking about a problem is like taking a plant out of a dark cupboard and giving it light. With their help, Natalie begins an uplifting journey to discover the science of hope, love, and miracles. A vibrant, extraordinary debut about the coming-of-age moment when kids realize that parents are people, too. Think The Fourteenth Goldfish meets The Thing About Jellyfish. Natalie's Korean heritage is sensitively explored, as is the central issue of depression. --Publishers Weekly A compassionate glimpse of mental illness accessible to a broad audience. --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW Holy moly!!! This book made me feel. --Colby Sharp, editor of The Creativity Project, teacher, and cofounder of Nerdy Book Club

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A Booklist Reader Best Book of the Month A Brightly Best Children's Book of the Month Natalie is an engaging narrator whose struggles at home and with her peers ring true. --Deborah Hopkinson, award-winning author Inspiring, emotional, and heartwarming. --Melissa Savage, author of Lemons A compassionate glimpse of mental illness accessible to a broad audience. --Kirkus Reviews, starred Aside from the obvious connection to STEM, Keller's layered, accessible story has offers beautifully crafted metaphors, a theme of mending old friendships and creating new ones, and an empowering teacher to a variety of readers. . . . A winning story full of heart and action. --Booklist, starred Natalie's Korean heritage is sensitively explored, as is the central issue of depression. --Publishers Weekly Natalie learns that, as with the egg, people, too, are fragile and need support and padding to break their falls. An emotional story that explores parental depression with realism and empathy. --School Library Journal A sweet and hope-filled story. --Brightly

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Author's Bio

Tae Keller grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she wrote stories, ate Spam musubi, and participated in her school's egg drop competition. (She did not win.) After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she moved to New York City to work in publishing, and she now has a very stubborn Yorkie and a multitude of books as roommates. Her next middle grade novel, When You Trap a Tiger, is forthcoming. Visit her at TaeKeller.com, follow her on Twitter at @TaeKeller, and be sure to join her newsletter at bit.ly/taekellernews.

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