Available: March 2018
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: 3rd-7th grade
Mayor’s Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Using the scientific method as a framework, Natalie tries to find a solution to her biggest question – how to help her mother who is suffering from depression and can barely get out of bed. Natalie latches on to winning a local egg drop competition as a way to earn prize money and bring hope to her botanist mom. Along with her best friend, Twig, and a new friend and class genius, Dari, the threesome embark on an adventure that uncovers an emotional truth for each of them.
My Favorite Part:
This story explores what it is like for a seventh grader to deal with a parent with mental health struggles as well as the typical ups and downs of friends, family, and academics. This is a sweet and hope-filled story with charming characters and good lessons about persevering when life’s challenges try to break you.
Who Should Read This Book:
Kids who love books that deal with real kid issues like friendship struggles, parent relationships, and school challenges will connect to this story. I especially recommend it as a “windows” book for anyone that struggles with depression or other mental health issues or has family members who do. It could be a great conversation starter for the whole family.
About the Author and Illustrator:
Tae Keller 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 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.