Monday, March 2, 2015

Bibliophile's Corner

The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm

Amazon Description:
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?

My Thoughts:
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.

Click here to learn more about the author, Jennifer L. Holm.


  1. Oooh, this sounds intersting. Good review! So many wonderful books. My TBR list is endless!

    1. Thanks, Mitty. I know what you mean about a long TBR list; so many great books for young readers. (And the young at heart! ^_^)

  2. What a fascinating premise! Going to have to put this on my list of to-reads! :) Thanks for the mention and review.

    1. I always enjoy a unique and fresh plot premise, and this novel definitely featured one of those, Carol. Have a great week!