The Science of Breakable Things
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 ...more
Natalie wants deeply to save her mother from whatever is causing her to lose her vitality, but she doesn’t know how. Would whatever idea she comes up with even work? Would it require a miracle?
It makes me happy to see books such as this one ...more
Maybe sometimes the strongest thing of all is knowing that one day you'll be all right again, and waiting and waiting until you can come into the sun.
Rating: 5 stars
Can you actually believe a quote like that came from a middle grade novel? If you're anything like me, when I started this book search for my third grade book club I assumed everything I'd read would be childish and irrelevant to me. Well now I feel like an idiot, because that is so wrong. Tae Keller gets it here. Without once lo...more
Natalie is dealing with a lot-- her best friend, Mikayla, no longer talks to her; she likes her teacher Mr. Neely but is occasionally overwhelmed by his enthusiasm; and her mother is so depressed that she doesn't get out of bed most days. Natalie knows this is because her mother was fired from her job at the university botany department by Mikayla's mother, but she wishes that she had her "old" mother back. When Mr. Neely suggests tha ...more
This is such a powerful book. Such an important book. I don't know that I've read many middle-grades dealing with depression, and the ones I have read rarely deal with depression in a parent. And it's so well handled in this book.
We follow Natalie, a twelve-year-old girl who is convinced ...more
In Tae Keller’s heartwarming yet humorous middle-grade novel, THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS, we meet Natalie Napoli, a seventh grader whose botanist mom is suffering from depression. The only way to get her out of her funk, Natalie believes, is to take her mom to New Mexico to pluck the magical Cobalt Blue Orchid—a flower that Natalie hopes will bring her mom back to life. Using the scientific method—and with some help from her best friend, Twig, and their lab-partner Dari—Natalie learns that ...more
A book about STEM and the scientific process!
Amazing girl protagonist!
Diverse cast of characters!
A book that realistically portrays what it is like to have a parent with depression
Well written and great pacing
#rip all the poor eggs broken in the name of science
Natalie has a plan to fly her mother to see the Cobalt Blue Orchids that she has been studying. They are unique plants that can s ...more
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
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Imagine you are just starting middle school but your life has been turned upside down. The happy, loving family that you once knew has changed because your mom has gone into her bedroom for months and won't come out due to depression. This is what is going on in Natalie's life. Natalie doesn't understand why her mom won't get out of bed, ...more
Thx to @theloudlibrarylady for sharing this ARC with me and @kidlitexchange (#partner). This book came out last Tuesday, March 6. All opinions are my own.
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I simply love this raw, unflinching look at how depression affects the whole family. Parents are not perfect and we need more books that reflect that reality. Natalie is my favorite kind of middle grade character—honest about her struggles and so r ...more
1. In the book, Natalie's mom wrote a book named, "How to Grow A Miracle". This book was about the blue orchid she found while in New Mexico that grew when no other plant could after the soil had been damaged with chemicals surrounding a power plant. Although it is said the title is of a book ...more
Title of Book: The Science of Breakable Things
Author: Tae Keller
Chapters or Page Numbers: Chapters 1 to 42
Literature Circle Name: Stellar Summarizer
Important parts to remember for summary:
1) “He held out a yellow piece of paper: a flyer for a science competition. I usually only recommend this to my top students, but I thought this might be good for you as well.” (page 29)
2) “But Dad was looking at me with those Therapist Eyes, saying, I want you to know: wh ...more
My Role: Word Wizard
My role is to find words throughout the text that sparked my interest. I chose to look for five words, that to me, had a double meaning within the context of the story, because I was interested in how those words, while relatively normal, meant so much more to the character once the story was read. My role also is to define those words and use them in an original sentence. I also need to explain specific areas within the book where you can find ...more
Book- The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
A strategy that the teacher Mr. Neely used from chapter 2 is he gave Natalie a choice in what she did as well as all the other students in this particular book. Giving students a choice is definitely something I will do in my future classrooms beca ...more
Title of Book: The Science of Breakable things Author: Tae Keller
Chapters or Page Numbers: 1-298 Literature Circle Name:
Important parts to remember for summary:
page #32 “Dad made some joke and I laughed and Mom didn’t. And then I thought: I can’t remember the last time Mom laughed.”
page #65-67 “’We just don’t have the money for travel right now,’ she repeated, eyes still closed” …. “And there, in big, bold letters and everything: GRAND PRIZE: $500!!!!!!”…. ...more
The literary luminary looks for portions that evoke emotion or are thought provoking and shares these sections with the group, rationalizing their selection as well.
Ch. 6 Pg. 33 "Mom and Dad had been having whispered conversations at night, talking about problems at work, and I knew something was wrong, but I didn't know something was Wrong."
To me this section stands out as something everyone can relate to. Whether it is in regards to the exact situation with your parents from c ...more
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