The Science of Breakable Things

Tae Keller '15

Natalie wants to cure her mother’s depression, and when a citywide science competition is announced, she comes up with a plan: use the prize money for a trip to New Mexico, where a field of blue orchids will restore her mother’s love of life. As Natalie prepares for the competition, she will discover that talking about problems is like taking a plant out of a dark cupboard and giving it light. As she sets out to understand the scientific method, she helps her mother—and also delves into her biracial identity and evolving friendships. (Random House Books for Young Readers 2018)

Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) writes: "[The Science of Unbreakable Things is a] compassionate glimpse of mental illness accessible to a broad audience." 

Tae Keller '15 grew up in Honolulu, 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, she moved to New York City to work in publishing, and she now has a very stubborn Yorkie and a multitude of books as roommates.

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