Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish

  • ISBN9780375870644
  • Price16.99
  • Ages: 8-12
  • Published by Random House Children's Books
Believe in the possible . . . with this brilliantly quirky, thought-provoking novel from New York Times bestseller, three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm
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?


This three-time Newbery Honor–winning author takes on a very unique twist to some interesting scientific questions about life, immortality and death. Jennifer's great sense of humor shines through in this lovely story about Ellie, her grandfather and the impossible.

Ellie is your not so basic middle school girl. She cooks for herself, does her homework on her own, takes care of the house while her divorced parents teach drama at night., etc. She  is trustworthy and dealing with typical teenage issues, such as who is she, were does she belong and how to cope with her dissolving friendship.

Ellie's life is about to change though when her mother brings home a teenage boy that claims to be her grandfather. A grandfather that claims to have discovered the fountain of youth and that he is the proof! Travel along with some zanny characters as they tackle science, middle school, and family issues all with a touch of humor and sensitivity. 

I can recommend this book for entertainment value. Its funny, has a good theme of family bonds and encourages friendship and healing.

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.

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book from Random House Blogging for Books Program via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and opinion which I have given.

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