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?...
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The Science of Breakable Things Reviews
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!
This book was outstanding! Deals with a lot of real issues, and includes some fun STEM themes as well. Highly recommended!
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 teacher encourages her to enter an egg drop competition. If she and her best friend, Twig, and new friend, Dari, can win the prize money, Natalie can take her mom to see the impossible and miraculous Colbalt Blue Orchids, ...more
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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 ecstatic to start reading this and realize just HOW science-y it is! The entire story is based on the scientific method and the science projects of Natalie and her friends, along with a storyline about Natalie's botanist moth ...more
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. I’m a HUGE fantasy person and nonfiction books about real life issues make me kinda depressed myself. I was surprised that this didn’t happen with this book! The author brilliantly wove humor into the story that made the ...more
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 this one. <3 <3
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 process--in fact, the book is framed by these steps and various assignments from Mr. Neely, the class's science teacher--is any indication of this author's promise, I won't be the only one eagerly awaiting her next on ...more
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 and real, and I cared very much about what she had to say.
•Pro: Nat's squad was top notch. Twig was already her steadfast friend, who grew over the course of the book, and she demonstrated how she was a true friend and ...more