Monday, March 2, 2015
by 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?
Jennifer L. Holm is a three time Newbery Honor winner, so I'm always keen to review her work; I was not disappointed with The Fourteenth Goldfish! This middle grade novel features realistic relationships, dialogue, and humor, with a heavy dose of science, and a dash of fantasy. The result is a creative and original concoction that is sure to entice all young readers. The way the author was able to weave significant scientists and their discoveries into her story is amazing - it only added to the interesting plot. I highly recommend The Fourteenth Goldfish to readers from the ages of eight to twelve.
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