The Fourteenth Goldfish

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Believe in the possible . . . with this brilliantly quirky, thought-provoking novel from New York Times bestseller, three-time Newbery Honor winner 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. ...

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Overview

Believe in the possible . . . with this brilliantly quirky, thought-provoking novel from New York Times bestseller, three-time Newbery Honor winner 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?
 
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.

"Awesomely strange and startlingly true-to-life. It makes you wonder what's possible." — Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Monica Edinger
Experiencing life in another person's shoes is a familiar motif in children's books. In Mary Rodgers's Freaky Friday, a mother and daughter switch bodies for a day, developing greater empathy for each other as a result. But here the change is permanent. Grandpa Melvin isn't suddenly going to go back to his adult self; he is going to grow up and old all over again. Yet not, we can see, in the same way. Even as he helps Ellie recognize they are kindred spirits, bonded by their love of science, she helps him reconsider his priorities…Youth, old age, life, death, love, possibilities and—oh yes—goldfish all come together in this warm, witty and wise novel.
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Publishers Weekly starred review, May 26, 2014:
“This is top-notch middle-grade fiction with a meaty dilemma, humor, and an ending that leaves room for the possibility of a sequel. “

Booklist starred review, July 1, 2014:
"A great choice for book groups and class discussions as well as individual reading."

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, September 2014:
Holm’s writing is crisp, accessible, and well paced, and her enthusiasm for science and its impact emerges clearly and consistently but not overbearingly, with clear, appreciative nods to the world of theater and its purpose in our lives. Indeed, this novel explores weighty elements of human existence with a light touch, allowing readers to engage with the issues at multiple levels; an excellent appendix of recommended readings encourages exploration and dialogue. This novel would make an ideal classroom read aloud, particularly to expose students to the rich and rewarding STEM fields.

School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 5–7—Eleven-year-old Ellie Cruz's life changes dramatically when her mother brings a teenage boy home one night and she learns it is her estranged grandfather. Melvin is a scientist who has figured out how to reverse aging and is now 13 again. Tensions are high between Melvin and his adult daughter, Ellie's mother, but Ellie feels like she now has the opportunity to really get to know her grandfather. Her interest in science blossoms, and she is eager to help Melvin retrieve the jellyfish specimen he used in his experiments so he can publish his discovery. Fascinated, Ellie learns about the work of Jonas Salk, Robert Oppenheimer, and Marie Curie. But as she learns more, she realizes that scientific discoveries often have unforeseen consequences. Readers are carried along with Ellie as she navigates old and new friendships in her first year in middle school with the added complication of her teenage grandfather at the same school. Short chapters keep the story moving at an engaging pace, and the interactions among the characters will easily hold readers' interest. Ellie's growing relationship with her grandfather helps her make discoveries about herself. Melvin, who begins as unapologetically single-minded in his determination to continue his work, also learns from Ellie. With humor and heart, Holm has crafted a story about life, family, and finding one's passion that will appeal to readers willing to imagine the possible.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-01
What would it be like if your grandfather turned up in your house as a 13-year-old boy?For sixth-grader Ellie, this leads to a recognition of the importance of the cycle of life and the discovery of her own passion for science. After her scientist grandfather finds a way to regain his youth, he’s denied access to his lab and must come to live with Ellie and her mother. Although he looks young, his intellect and attitudes haven’t changed. He still tells Ellie’s mother what to wear and when to come home, and he loathes middle school even more than Ellie does. There’s plenty of opportunity for humor in this fish-out-of-water story and also a lesson on the perils as well as the pluses of scientific discovery. Divorced parents, a goth friend and a longed-for cellphone birthday present are among the familiar details setting this story firmly in the present day, like Holm’s Year Told Through Stuff series, rather than in the past, like her three Newbery Honor–winning historical novels. The author demonstrates understanding of and sympathy for the awkwardness of those middle school years. But she also gets in a plug for the excitement of science, following it up with an author’s note and suggestions for further exploration, mostly on the Web.Appealing and thought-provoking, with an ending that suggests endless possibilities. (Science fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375970641
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JENNIFER L. HOLM's father was a pediatrician and she grew up listening to him talk about the wonder of antibiotics and how science could change the world. Today Jennifer is the NY Times bestselling author of three Newbery Honor Books, as well as the co-creator of the Babymouse series (a 2013 Eisner Award Winner) and Squish series, which she collaborates on with her brother Matthew Holm.

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

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    It¿s a fun story centering around eleven-year old Ellie and her

    It’s a fun story centering around eleven-year old Ellie and her grandfather. Bickering with her mother, a young male makes his way into the house accompanying Ellie’s mom wearing polyester pants and a tweed jacket. Ellie thinks this teen looks a bit like her grandfather but how can that be? This thirteen- year old youngster cannot be her seventy-six year old grandfather. With twenty-twenty vision, a head of hair, arthritis gone and his hearing good as new, Ellie grandfather has found the way to reverse aging. He then used this treatment upon himself. Reading this, I thought of the movie, Big and I was excited. To be young again, really young, would I go back in time and live my life over? Grandpa did something terrific but would he be able to reap the benefits? Did he want to be a kid again and have fun or was he just doing this for science since he was a scientist? Grandfather feels like he has the world at his hands but first, he needs to deal with the implications of being young and no one recognizing him. Ellie gets a lot of grandpa time as he is now her babysitter and he must also go to school with Ellie as he adjusts to being a teenager again. The author does a terrific job adding lots of fascinating science facts and details into the storyline all throughout the story. Science is a process and the two of them discover parts of the process together. The duo of Ellie and her grandfather, these two are quite something at school and home. Grandfather has years of experience and education but in a body of an adolescent and his granddaughter, she’s young but she’s sharp also. They are truly a remarkable pair.

    I received a complimentary e-book from NetGalley and Random House BFYR in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.

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