The Science of Breakable Things

The Science of Breakable Things

by Tae Keller

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524715663
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 111,606
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

TAE KELLER grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she wrote stories, ate spam musubis, and participated in her school's egg drop competition. (She did not win.) After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she moved to New York City to work in publishing, and now has a very stubborn Yorkie and a multitude of books as roommates. Visit her at, follow her on Twitter at @TaeKeller, and be sure to join her newsletter

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Mr. Neely just wrote our first lab book assignment on the board in his scrunched- up, scratchy handwriting, and he’s getting all excited about this scientific process stuff. I’m not sure why he feels the need to use hashtags and spell perfectly innocent words with a z, but he’s one of those teachers you don’t bother questioning.

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The Science of Breakable Things 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LehuaParker 3 months ago
The Science of Breakable Things is a debut middle grade novel by Hawaii-born Tae Keller. It’s a great read for tweens and those young at heart. Told through Natalie’s eyes and her science journal, we see how her mother’s depression affects Natalie from her friendships and family relationships to her own self-image to how she explains the world around her. Tae nails the transition from childhood to teenager. The friendships and conflicts ring true. One of the best parts was the magical thinking of how a rare blue orchid would cure her mother; if Natalie could just get one, everything would go back to normal. It’s a touching, endearing, and completely captivating examination of how a child centers the world on herself and how she grows to understand that not only are things not her fault, they’re also not in her power to fix. With a very light touch, Tae also explores mixed racial heritage challenges and conflicts. Natalie is part-Korean. Generational biases are brought to the forefront as her father tries to nullify his Korean-ness as Natalie tries to embrace it through connecting with her Korean grandmother. It’s one of the smallest and most powerful ways Natalie asserts her own identity. Can’t wait to read her next work.
mgbookjunkie More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Tae Keller for providing an ARC to #collabookation. This book, about a seventh grader's struggle to understand and get through her mother's depression, tugs at the heart. Fortunately, Natalie has school to distract her. Her science teacher is working to hone observation skills and scientific exploration, and soon Natalie has a purpose, and friends who want to work to help her achieve it. I love the author's use of footnotes throughout. Taking part in Natalie's search to understand and fix her mom's depression is heartbreaking at times. Luckily, the book is lightened up by her wonderful father and terrific friends. This realistic look at mental illness could go far in comforting students who know someone going through depression.