Natalie's uplifting story of using the scientific process to "save" her mother from depression is what Booklist calls "a winning story full of heart and action."
Tae Keller grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she wrote stories, ate Spam musubi, and participated in her school's egg drop competition. (She did not win.) After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, 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. Her next middle grade novel, When You Trap a Tiger, is forthcoming. Visit her at TaeKeller.com, follow her on Twitter at @TaeKeller, and be sure to join her newsletter at bit.ly/taekellernews.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
An NPR Great Read of the Year
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2018
A Booklist Reader Best Book of the Month
A Brightly Best Children's and YA Books of March 2018
"Natalie is an engaging narrator whose struggles at home and
with her peers ring true."
--Deborah Hopkinson, award-winning author "Inspiring, emotional, and heartwarming."
--Melissa Savage, author of Lemons "A compassionate glimpse of mental illness accessible to a broad audience."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred "Aside from the obvious connection to STEM, Keller's layered, accessible story has offers beautifully crafted metaphors, a theme of mending old friendships and creating new ones, and an empowering teacher to a variety of readers. . . . A winning story full of heart and action."
--Booklist, starred "Natalie's Korean heritage is sensitively explored, as is the central issue of depression."
--Publishers Weekly "Natalie learns that, as with the egg, people, too, are fragile and need support and padding to break their falls. An emotional story that explores parental depression with realism and empathy."
--School Library Journal "A sweet and hope-filled story."