The Science of Breakable Things Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" This is a really lovely and emotional middle grade contemporary about friendship, family, and hope. The characters are smart and hilarious (especially Twig <3) and the writing is lovely. Have a box of tissues on hand for this one! " said.

" Such a lovely, funny, warm-hearted book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and yes, I did very literally both laugh and cry (okay, sob) while reading it. I adored the characters and the clever use of footnotes. " said.

" A moving, poignant, and funny book about a girl who deals with her mother's depression through an improbable plan to win an egg-drop contest. Hana navigates both new and existing friendships and difficult family dynamics in her quest to understand "the science of breakable things and how to protect them." This book will stay with readers, especially those who face depression or experience it in their families. " said.

" I love that this is told through science project entries (and further love all of the STEM included, between the project and Natalie's mom being a botanist!), but the heart of this story is the angst Natalie feels over her mother's withdrawal from the family due to depression and the sweet lengths Natalie will go to in hopes of fixing the situation. It deals with a very serious topic in an accessible way that really works beautifully. " said.

" A beautiful and poignantly sweet story that deals gently but accurately with depression and it's effects on your family. The three kids' friendship was realistic and fun and excellent. A great book for any young readers, but especially any who have family members struggling with depression. " said.

"I have never read a story that portrays depression, and it was so perfectly portrayed. Depression affects so many, either in obvious ways or silent ways, and I think it’s imperative for kids to start being aware of these issues. Natalie’s story was one that I can absolutely relate to, and so much of her adolescent life is familiar in myself, but also my students. I love the science connection. I will definitely be book talking to my students and sharing as much as I can. I already have a few students in mind of who are or have experienced this during this school year.
“Living is not being afraid of the answer.”
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"Thanks to the author and publisher for sharing a copy of this book with @kidlitexchange for review! All opinions are my own.

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 mother and her research. SCIENCE HEAVEN! However, this isn't JUST for science fans. There are excellent storylines about Natalie's changing friendships in middle school and her mother's depression, along with her relationship with her father and feelings about counseling and middle school in general.

Required purchase for middle school libraries and highly recommended for grades 5-8. I am purchasing a copy for my library and have already pre-ordered a copy for my daughter.
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" I am SOBBING this book is so good <3 " said.

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