The Science of Breakable Things
Sometimes growing up is hard, especially when your mom isn’t able to be there for you like she used to be. Natalie is trying to adjust after her mom lost her job and became very sad and distant (even if she’s only in the other room). Natalie’s dad his doing is best to keep everyone’s spirits up, but sometimes he tries too hard and that can be annoying. School is hard for Natalie, too–she has a hard time in science class. Her science teacher, Mr. Neely, tries to get Natalie into the science mood by having her enter the egg-drop competition. Natalie learns that sometimes you need help from your friends, like Twig and Dari, to get through the hard times.
This was a very interesting read. It deals with things that all students sometimes have to deal with. Everyone has troubles sometimes, and it is important to be a good and helpful friend when someone is in need. It also shows that grown-ups go through things, too, and no one is perfect, but most of the time people are trying their best.
Random House Books for Young Readers