Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

As sixth-grader Ellie adjusts to the challenges of middle school, her grandfather moves in with her and her mother. Ellie's grandpa is adjusting to changes of his own. He is a scientist who has discovered a formula to reverse the aging process and has turned himself into a teenager. Even more crazy, Ellie and her grandpa, "Melvin" are attending the same middle school.

Melvin is convinced that his new discovery will earn him a Nobel Prize. But before he can reveal the secret of immortality, he must break back into his laboratory to finish his experiment. While helping her grandfather, Ellie discovers that she has much more in common with him than either of her parents. She has a natural curiosity and aptitude for observation and research. Melvin captivates her with stories of famous scientists and their discoveries and also introduces her to the world of "possibilities." But as time goes on, Ellie begins to question whether Melvin's quest for fame will eventually be more destructive than beneficial. The Fourteenth Goldfish contains just the right amounts of humor and substance. It has been nominated for the 2016-2017 Intermediate Golden Sower Award.

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