Friday, August 1, 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

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
ISBN: 9780375870644
Genre: Middle grade fantasy
Print Length: 208 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

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 possibility.

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 GoldfishMy Review
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.

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