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The Science of Breakable Things

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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 process. 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. As Natalie prepares for the competition, she will discover that talking about problems is like taking a plant out of a dark cupboard and giving it light.

An emotionally-charged new classic about the science of hope, love, and miracles, Natalie's uplifting story of using the scientific process to "save" her mother from depression is sure to take root in readers' hearts!

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"Natalie’s Korean heritage is sensitively explored, as is the central issue of depression and its impact; Keller draws thoughtful parallels between Natalie’s mother’s struggles and the fragility of orchids and eggs. Natalie’s fraught relationship with her mother, and her friendships with Twig and Dari, are the heart of the book, but science is its soul." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 - 13
Author Tae Keller
ISBN 1524715662
Publication Date Mar 6, 2018
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
Language English