Monday, September 3, 2018

Review: The Fourteenth Goldfish


The Fourteenth Goldfish

by Jennifer L. Holm (Author)
Tad Carpenter (Illustrator )

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?

Source: I Own

I’m a little late getting to this one. I actually never knew about it until I was offered a copy of The Third Mushroom the companion book in this series. That said, I had no idea what to expect, and this isn’t anything like I normally read.

Still, I did end up enjoying it. It’s a quick, easy read, and has a good balance of scientific facts mixed with light humor. I can easily see this recommended for students in middle-school, or maybe even 5-6th graders as it’s a clean fiction that is easy to understand, and yet interesting enough to keep readers of all ages entertained.

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