Publisher: Random House
Age Group: Middle Grade
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 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 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. Because when parents are breakable, it's up to kids to save them, right?
I have not read a middle grade novel in forever, and I honestly do not know why. I feel that every now and then you need to read something outside of your reading palette just to give yourself a breath of freshness and that is what Tae Keller did.
There is never a moment we do not wish that some miracles could happen, especially as a child. A lot of times, as adults, we tend to not fully realize the impact miracles can have on a child's life. However, what is the greatest moment is seeing that vulnerability that comes with the sincerest of questions.
Tae Keller writes a story about a girl's journey in understanding to her mother's depression. With such deep raw emotions that allow Natalie's character to be human only adds to the fact of how important this book is. Especially for kids like Natalie.
What was so great about this novel was not only Natalie's determination in finding a solution but the friends Natalie had to help support her through this. Twig is the friend that everyone wants to have. She finds the right moments to add her humor but most importantly she is the friend that will go the distance with you, even it involves a possible arrest.
Kids have more power than we realize and Tae Keller beautifully displays that in her novel where sometimes all things seem futile going all the way is more of a miracle than anything. A novel that speaks wonders to all kids and even adults, Tae Keller's The Science of Breakable Things is a novel you do not want to miss.
I give this book 5 souls!