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We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen


Book Summary

Stewart and his father are moving in with Ashley and her mother. Ashley is a stylish, shallow girl and Stewart enjoys Mathletes and scientific theories. Stewart is still trying to process the death of his mother, and Ashley can't even with Stewart's Stewart-ness. Chapters alternate between the main characters' viewpoints.

We Are All Made of Molecules book cover
We Are All Made of Molecules

Book Review

Geek plus cool student isn't exactly a new idea, but this author's voice is noticeably honest: she finds truth between crevices you hadn't examined carefully enough.
Each character manages to be distinctly interesting and even sympathetic, although each is guaranteed to make you cringe more than a little.
Mature content ages it out of upper elementary.

Class Structure Recommendation:  Independent Reading

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • School Relationships
  • Conformity vs. Individualism
  • Inspirational People
  • Bullying; Peer Pressure
  • Finding Your Voice
  • Southwest U.S.

Discussion Questions for this book:

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