The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm
My rating: 5 stars of FUN!
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: Middle grade fantasy
Print Length: 208 pages
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Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.
Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?
Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth
grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly
departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He's bossy. He's
cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie's
grandfather, a scientist who's always been slightly obsessed with
immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he
finally found the secret to eternal youth?
With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm
celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions
about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JENNIFER L. HOLM's father was a pediatrician and she grew up
listening to him talk about the wonder of antibiotics and how science
could change the world. Today Jennifer is the NY Times bestselling
author of three Newbery Honor Books, as well as the co-creator of the
Babymouse series (a 2013 Eisner Award Winner) and Squish series, which
she collaborates on with her brother Matthew Holm.
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
When you were a child did you ever picture your grandparents or any adult as a child? Would they be like you? Did you see them as a mini version of their “today” self? Eleven-year-old Ellie gets the chance to find out when her brilliant scientist grandfather discovers “the fountain of youth” in a test tube! As if Ellie’s life wasn’t already turned on its axis, with so many huge changes going on in her life, now she has a thirteen-year-old version of her grandfather living under her roof!
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm goes beyond wildly creative, allowing a young reader to catch a ride on the train that is powered through the power of words, imagination and adventure. Ms. Holm’s words are like a taste of reality with a side of fantasy as she takes her readers on a fun ride into the world of possibilities and gives our young heroine a break from her reality, which she cannot control.
A completely fun read that painlessly sneaks a few messages in there! Magnetic enough to hook younger readers and adults, alike while proving that age does not always bring the greatest wisdom!
The highest compliment I can give this book is to say I would love for my grandchildren to read it!
I received an ARC edition from Random House BFYR in exchange for my honest review.