The Science of Boys

  • Illustrated By: Gracey Zhang
  • Pages:256
  • Publisher:Tradewind Books
  • Themes:friendship, popularity, puberty, science, humor, Teen Love, Growing Up, bullying, Social Skills
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  • Available:06/30/2022
Hardcover
9781926890401
$18.95
Paperback
9781926890371
$11.95

Twelve-year-old science nerd Emma Sakamoto wants to reinvent herself when she starts high school. When stylish new girl Poppy asks for Emma’s help getting the attention of her crush, Cole, Emma lies and tells Poppy that she’s writing a book about the science of boys. Emma’s friend, George, offers to help Emma apply scientific principles to the mystery of getting a boyfriend. But George has an ulterior motive!

Real science and enthusiasm for scientific principles are interwoven into this humorous story of friendship, family and what it means to truly belong.

“Emma will take readers through the gamut of teenaged emotions: embarrassment, loneliness, excitement, deceit, acceptance, and the long difficult journey to self-knowledge. Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“A nerdy Canadian teen blends real science principles with matchmaking in Seo’s low-key debut...Told via homey-feeling prose, Seo’s story deftly portrays one teen’s struggles to juggle friendship woes, familial trials, and personal truths with fitting in, making for an earnest, low-stakes romp. Zhang’s illustrations, rendered in bold swathes of b&w ink, depict myriad scenes from Emma’s life, including an idyllic moment overlooking the ocean.”
– Publishers Weekly
“A genuine and fun-filled read, The Science of Boys captures many complexities in the lives of preteen girls today while encouraging curiosity and an interest in science—a subject that girls still often lack confidence in and are discouraged from pursuing.”
– BC Bookworld
“If author Emily Seo could pick one scientific concept to describe adolescence, it would be the second law of thermodynamics: the entropy or disorder of the universe will increase over time. In short, there will be chaos–and that’s exactly what ensues in her debut middle-grade novel, The Science of Boys (Tradewind Books), when main character and science nerd Emma Sakamoto tries to help a popular girl catch a boy’s eye.”
– Quill & Quire
“A delightful mix of science and relationships.”
– Kirkus Reviews
BC and Yukon Book Prizes - Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize   | 2023  |  Short-listed
Saskatchewan Young Reader's Choice Awards Snow Willow Award   | 2023  |  Short-listed