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It's a quick light read that covers some heavy topics. Natalie's mom suffers from depression and Natalie doesnt really understand it. Most people don't and she's in middle school. But through her struggles to reconnect with her Mom, she uncovers the strength in her friendships, her family, and herself. And the fact that it talks so much about science and scientific inquiry is a big plus too. I smiled, I cried, I truly felt this book. It's a must read for both school kids and adults alike.
Depression. Isn’t it such a sad word. But this book right here copes with it. I really liked this book as it shows you the real thought of a middle schooler recommend it to anybody who is reading this 🤩🥳👌😍
Both my mom and I loved the author’s book How to Trap a Tiger so this was an obvious choice for our next book to order. While I preferred the writing style of the author’s other book better, this was also very enjoyable and an easy read. I didn’t know what to expect going in to it and it was wonderful to see the perspective of a child who’s parent is suffering from depression. It reminded me of the ending of the movie Inside Out which was also a great surprise.
This is a beautiful book! Depression is authentically portrayed through a kid's eyes, and it's heartbreaking. There's also still plenty of typical kid-friendly stuff with some fun subplots and friendship stuff.
THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS is a charming and delightful, emotional, meaningful, and thoroughly engaging read. It is full of hope and heartache and humor, clever footnotes, adorable illustrations, and a plethora of broken eggs.
Ever since Natalie’s mom all but disappeared from her life, Natalie’s been looking for answers and for a way to fix things so that the mom she knew will return and replace the not-there version who spends most of her days in bed.
Her new, overly enthusiastic science teacher’s suggestion that she participate in the local egg drop competition might not be such a bad one. It will give her just the opportunity she needs to help - that is, if she can win.
Going it alone she doesn’t stand a chance, but with her best friend Twig and new friend Dari on her team, winning is a real possibility - even with drop ideas that contain glitter, marshmallows, and chocolate.
Tae Keller created a sympathetic, relatable, likable, funny, flawed, and real character in Natalie. She put her character in a situation that forced her to grow up, to learn things she might not have wanted to learn, to adapt, to become more aware, more thoughtful, more understanding. But she didn’t make her go it alone.
The author did an incredible job of keeping her story at just the right amounts of serious and fun. It is moving and heart-rending. But with a hashtag happy teacher, a friend who doesn’t know the meaning of a whisper, and a dad whose idea of fun is running errands, it is equally as lighthearted and hilarious as it is affecting.
Aimed at a middle grade audience, THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS can be just as easily enjoyed by a young adult readership, as well as readers of most ages. It incorporates science in a way that is amusing and educational. It tackles emotionally tough issues. It introduces a bit of cultural diversity. It offers food for thought. It has some sweet and wonderful characters. And it is witty and smart and an amazingly great read.
Whilst I appreciate the life lessons being taught in this story - talking things through with friends, family, or therapist. I found the storyline wasn't written in a captivating way. My boys and I lost interest and haven't finished the book. I think the moral of the story and the message it sends is good. It just needs to be delivered in a more story way than as a diary.
This story takes a family with some unresolved feelings about their heritage, a depressed mother, a science experiment, and a couple of quirky friends and mixes them all together. The result is a surprisingly coherent book, written simply enough, and with cute features like lists and drawings, that even kids aged 9 or 10 can read it. I'd recommend it for kids who could use a light understanding of depression, nothing too dark, with themes of late primary/early middle school like friendship troubles thrown in.
Depression happens so prevalently in our country that it is wonderful to see a book written talking about living with loved ones who suffer from it. Many young people will connect with this book. I plan on suggesting it to many of my students.