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The Science of Boys

by (author) Emily Seo

illustrated by Gracey Zhang

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Reading age: 11 to 14


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.

About the authors

Emily Seo writes stories about science, nature, food and culture. She lives in Richmond, BC with her husband and two children. This is her first published book.

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Gracey Zhang is an illustrator and animator with a love of storytelling and verse. She was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and received her degree in Illustration from RISD. She is now based in Brooklyn, New York, where she can be found window watching from the train when she's not scribbling away at her desk. Lala’s Words is her first picture book. You can visit her at

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