Bound To Stay Bound

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 Science of breakable things
 Author: Keller, Tae

 Publisher:  Random House (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 297 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 512072 ISBN: 9781524715663
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Family problems -- Fiction
 Science -- Methodology -- Fiction
 Depression (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Racially mixed people -- Fiction

Price: $20.88

Middle schooler Natalie's year-long assignment to answer a question using the scientific process leads to truths about her mother's depression and her own cultural identity.

 Illustrator: Neonakis, Alexandria
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 195512
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 75067

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Seventh-grader Natalie is sometimes annoyed, but oftentimes amused by her enthusiastic science teacher, Mr. Neely, who encourages his students to ask questions and use the scientific method to solve problems. This is all well and good for Natalie, but the only question the tween is interested in lately is why has her mother has stopped caring about her and why she cannot seem to get out of bed. Her mother is a botanist who discovered a rare cobalt blue orchid, a miracle of a flower that survives in a toxic environment in New Mexico. So Natalie is somewhat ambivalent when Mr. Neely encourages her to enter an "egg drop contest"—not exactly her top priority—until she hears about the substantial prize money. Natalie is determined to win so that she can replace the now-dead orchid and give her mother the joy she needs. As she tries to navigate the problem of keeping the fragile egg safe during a fall, she begins to feel the cracks in her own life as her mother's depression affects her more deeply. Natalie's reluctance to acknowledge her own feelings and ask painful questions keeps her from really engaging with her friends and fellow "egg drop" teammates. Natalie learns that, as with the egg, people, too, are fragile and need support and padding to break their falls. VERDICT An emotional story that explores parental depression with realism and empathy.—Patricia Feriano, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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