Friday, December 12, 2014
The Fourteenth Goldfish
Jennifer L. Holm
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2014
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?
With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.
This book was so fun! This is the first awards-chatter book that I actually enjoyed. Grandpa was a card and I liked learning more about Ellie and her family. I’m not a science girl, but I loved how Holm included scientific information and ethics in her story. This premise could have easily gone south or been cheesy, but it was wonderful. I hope it wins something!