The Science of Breakable Things

The Science of Breakable Things Review

How do you grow a miracle?
For the record, this is not the question Mr. Neely is looking for when he says everyone in class must answer an important question using the scientific method. But Natalie's botanist mother is suffering from depression, so this is The Question that's important to Natalie. When Mr. Neely suggests that she enter an egg drop competition, Natalie has hope.

Eggs are breakable. Hope is not.
Natalie has a secret plan for the prize money. She's going to fly her mother to see the Cobalt Blue Orchids--flowers that survive against impossible odds. The magical flowers are sure to inspire her mother to love life again. Because when parents are breakable, it's up to kids to save them, right?

Title:The Science of Breakable Things
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Brad McLelland

    This novel is, in a word, FANTASTIC. Tae Keller's grasp of her MC Natalie's emotional arc is extremely well-tuned, giving us moments of such depth that I literally found myself in awe at some passages...

  • Jen Petro-Roy

    What a lovely book about coping with the unknown, challenging family circumstances, friendship, and hope. This is Tae Keller's debut novel, and I can't wait to read what she writes next....

  • Melissa

    In Tae Keller’s heartwarming yet humorous middle-grade novel, THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS, we meet Natalie Napoli, a seventh grader whose botanist mom is suffering from depression. The only way ...

  • K.A.

    This book was so touching and wonderful. I teared up! Full of STEM geek love, bubbling with emotion, fun, sass, great friends, family problems, friendship break-ups and make-ups, real 7th grade proble...

  • Ms. Yingling

    ARC provided by publisher through Follett's First Look ProgramNatalie is dealing with a lot-- her best friend, Mikayla, no longer talks to her; she likes her teacher Mr. Neely but is occasionally over...

  • Wendy MacKnight

    What a beautiful, wonderful book! The impact of depression is dealt with in a wonderfully accessible way, and Keller does an amazing job of letting us walk in Natalie’s shoes. Add in a caring teache...

  • Kathy Martin

    Twelve-year-old Natalie is having a bad year. Her mom seldom leaves her room and seems to have turned into not-Mom. She is worried about her botanist mother and a little angry at her too. Luckily, she...

  • Laura Gardner

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS by @tae_kellerThx to @theloudlibrarylady for sharing this ARC with me and @kidlitexchange (#partner). This book came out last Tuesday, March 6. Al...

  • Kate Olson

    Thanks to the author and publisher for sharing a copy of this book with @kidlitexchange for review! All opinions are my own.YAY for girls + SCIENCE!!! My 6th grade daughter is majorly into science and...

  • Cassie Thomas

    I have never read a story that portrays depression, and it was so perfectly portrayed. Depression affects so many, either in obvious ways or silent ways, and I think it’s imperative for kids to star...