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  • Published: 21 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781524715694
  • Imprint: RHUS Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $16.99

The Science of Breakable Things




Natalie's uplifting story of using the scientific process to "save" her mother from depression is what Booklist calls "a winning story full of heart and action."

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY • KIRKUS REVIEWS

The spectacular debut novel from the Newbery Award winning author of When You Trap a Tiger. This is an uplifting story about friendship, family, and the complicated science of the heart.

When Natalie’s science teacher suggests that she enter an egg drop competition, she thinks it could be the perfect solution to all of her problems. With the prize money, she can fly her botanist mother to see the miraculous Cobalt Blue Orchids--flowers with the resilience to survive against impossible odds. Her mother has been suffering from depression, and Natalie is positive that the flowers’ magic will inspire her mom to fall in love with life again.

But she can’t do it alone. Her friends step up to show her that talking about problems is like taking a plant out of a dark cupboard and exposing it to the sun. With their help, Natalie begins an unforgettable journey to discover the science of hope, love, and miracles.

  • Published: 21 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781524715694
  • Imprint: RHUS Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $16.99

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Praise for The Science of Breakable Things

A Booklist Reader Best Book of the Month A Brightly Best Children’s Book of the Month “Natalie is an engaging narrator whose struggles at home and with her peers ring true.” —Deborah Hopkinson, award-winning author “Inspiring, emotional, and heartwarming.” —Melissa Savage, author of Lemons “A compassionate glimpse of mental illness accessible to a broad audience.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred "Aside from the obvious connection to STEM, Keller’s layered, accessible story has offers beautifully crafted metaphors, a theme of mending old friendships and creating new ones, and an empowering teacher to a variety of readers. . . . A winning story full of heart and action.” —Booklist, starred “Natalie’s Korean heritage is sensitively explored, as is the central issue of depression.” —Publishers Weekly “Natalie learns that, as with the egg, people, too, are fragile and need support and padding to break their falls. An emotional story that explores parental depression with realism and empathy.” —School Library Journal "A sweet and hope-filled story.” —Brightly

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