The Science of Breakable Things

The Science of Breakable Things

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 How do you grow a miracle? For the record, this is not the question Mr. Neely is looking for when he says everyone in...

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Title:The Science of Breakable Things
Author:Tae Keller
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Genres:Childrens
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:173 pages pages

The Science of Breakable Things Reviews

  • Laura Gardner
    Mar 11, 2018
    ?????/5 for THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS by @tae_keller Thx to @theloudlibrarylady for sharing this ARC with me and @kidlitexchange (#partner). This book came out last Tuesday, March 6. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Swipe for the back! _*_*_*_*_* I simply love ...
  • Tasha
    Mar 14, 2018
    With Mr. Neely as her very enthusiastic science teacher, Natalie can?t get out of asking a scientific question and exploring it using the scientific method. But Natalie would much rather get answers about her family, about why her mother won?t leave her bedroom anymore and how her ...
  • Sarah
    Mar 10, 2018
    The highly appealing protagonist of this middle grade novel, Natalie, immediately drew me in. The story revolves around her seventh grade long term science project. Mr. Neely, a teacher who speaks in #hashtags tasks his Fountain Middle School students with observing something that inte...
  • Barbara
    Mar 27, 2018
    Like most bibliophiles or anyone looking for a good read, I'm always delighted to stumble upon a new author, especially one with such a fresh and authentic voice. If this debut book, filled with heartfelt passages and cool references to science and the eight steps in the scientific pro...
  • Laurie
    May 12, 2018
    Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 5.8 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Imagine you are just starting middle school but your life has been turned upside down. The happy, loving family that ...
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Jun 20, 2017
    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. ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 15, 2018
    ARC provided by publisher through Follett's First Look Program Natalie is dealing with a lot-- her best friend, Mikayla, no longer talks to her; she likes her teacher Mr. Neely but is occasionally overwhelmed by his enthusiasm; and her mother is so depressed that she doesn't get...
  • Kathy Martin
    Feb 03, 2018
    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 has the support of her best friend Twig who keeps school interesting with her big per...
  • Amanda
    Mar 07, 2018
    Such a lovely book about love and life and growing up. It made me well up several times. ...
  • Aeicha
    Mar 11, 2018
    Seventh-grader, Natalie and her parents are dealing with a "situation". The "situation" being that Natalie's once happy, vibrant botanist mother has Depression. Confused, angry, and hurt Natalie thinks it's her job to "fix" her mother and she finds the solution when her science tea...
  • Great Books
    Feb 26, 2018
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  • Brad McLelland
    Sep 28, 2017
    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. Natalie is so very human as she tries to understand her mother's depression, sometim...
  • Jen Malone
    Nov 01, 2017
    I love that this is told through science project entries (and further love all of the STEM included, between the project and Natalie's mom being a botanist!), but the heart of this story is the angst Natalie feels over her mother's withdrawal from the family due to depression and the s...
  • Melissa
    Jul 06, 2017
    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 to get her out of her funk, Natalie believes, is to take her mom to New Mexico to pl...
  • Alisha
    May 16, 2018
    Pros: A book about STEM and the scientific process! Amazing girl protagonist! Diverse cast of characters! A book that realistically portrays what it is like to have a parent with depression Well written and great pacing Cons: #rip all the poor eggs broken in the name of scie...
  • Kate Olson
    Feb 28, 2018
    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 it is SO hard to find books for her that fit this interest area, so I was ecstati...
  • Anna
    Mar 19, 2018
    I was excited to get a copy of this ARC through NetGalley as I had been hearing a lot of buzz about this book! I was not disappointed! I really enjoyed getting to know Natalie as she tries to navigate through a tough time in her life. Natalie's mother seems to have given up on the th...
  • Amelia Brunskill
    Feb 15, 2017
    Such a lovely, funny, warm-hearted book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and yes, I did very literally both laugh and cry (okay, sob) while reading it. I adored the characters and the clever use of footnotes. ...
  • Wendy MacKnight
    May 11, 2016
    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 teacher, two lovable best friends, and #science project, this is a not-to-be missed book! ...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Feb 25, 2018
    I saw this book, and I was curious. The author was employing one of my favorite things, science, to tell the story of a young woman dealing with her mother's mental health issues, and it was done beautifully. ?Pro: Natalie was a charming and engaging narrator. Her voice was clear ...
  • K.A.
    Sep 08, 2017
    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 problems I recall all too well! And a real look at parental depression. Highly recommend thi...
  • Julie Kirchner
    May 06, 2018
    This book feels incredibly important to me. It is the story of Natalie and her father navigating around and living with the depression of her mother. It is not a topic we see much in middle grade novels, but it IS a topic students face in their own lives. At school, Natalie has one goo...
  • Danni
    Mar 14, 2018
    This was cute and I was really glad to read a science-themed book for young readers. Full disclosure: I am 29 years old and not really a 'science person', but this book explored cool things like botany and the scientific method (and I was actually into it)! Some things I liked: -...
  • Alexandra Zaytseva
    Nov 05, 2017
    «As it turns out, you can?t always protect breakable things.» What is depression, and how can you explain to your child that her mother is suffering from an illness that even adults sometimes don?t understand? Natalie is struggling to understand. What happened to her mother t...
  • Eva
    Jan 29, 2018
    A beautiful and poignantly sweet story that deals gently but accurately with depression and it's effects on your family. The three kids' friendship was realistic and fun and excellent. A great book for any young readers, but especially any who have family members struggling with depres...
  • Alexandra Ott
    Jul 05, 2017
    This is a really lovely and emotional middle grade contemporary about friendship, family, and hope. The characters are smart and hilarious (especially Twig <3) and the writing is lovely. Have a box of tissues on hand for this one! ...
  • Cassie Thomas
    Mar 28, 2018
    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 start being aware of these issues. Natalie?s story was one that I can absolutely relate ...
  • Steven Copp
    Apr 13, 2018
    This book was outstanding! Deals with a lot of real issues, and includes some fun STEM themes as well. Highly recommended! ...
  • Sean
    Mar 07, 2018
    What a sweet book. I love how the main character views herself, and her project, and seeing this kid trying to fix what's wrong for her family, and it's all wrapped in such a wonderful package. Just a great book for this age, with lessons that we all have to learn at some point. Absolu...
  • Isabel
    May 09, 2018
    I would definitely recommend this book! It is an insightful story about a girl dealing with her mom?s depression. It was fascinating to read about how depression doesn?t just impact the person, but also the people in their life. Typically, I shy away from books about depression...