Tae Keller (75_ballet_shoes on QT) has signed with agent Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary Agency.
When Natalie Napoli's hashtag-abusing, Einstein-haired teacher insists science is the key to life, she deems him crazy. After all, how much can magnets and pendulums teach her about the world? But when her mother suddenly stops getting out of bed in the morning and not even Natalie's therapist father can help, Natalie finds herself face to face with the most important science experiment of her life. After hearing about a city-wide egg drop competition with a three hundred dollar prize, Natalie, her best friend, and a few unlikely allies embark on a quest to understand the scientific method, create the perfect egg armor, and win the money that might just save her mother.
Complete at 34,000 words, Natalie Napoli's Scientific Observations is a middle grade contemporary novel, formatted as a middle school lab notebook. The narrative combines diary, diagrams, experiments, and footnotes(1)--and as the story progresses, Natalie uses the scientific method not only to prepare for the egg drop, but also to understand her biracial identity, her evolving friendships, and the mother she no longer seems to know.
(1) In the style of E. Lockhart's Ruby Oliver series
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