The Fourteenth Goldfish
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 scie ...more
Ellie is eleven years old, lives with her eccentric actress of a mom while her dad is a traveling actor. Ellie has just started the sixth grade, started middle school and is feeling overwhelmed and lost. One day her mother gets a call to pick up her grandfather from the police, and brings home a thirteen year old boy Melvin, who is actually her grandfather. Through a special jellyfish, Melvin developed a serum to reverse the aging process, and he used it on himself. Mentally a seventy ...more
Did not expect the amount of fun and funny I got from this book! I finished it in one day, totally unputdownable.
I went in almost purely because of the cute cover (yes, guilty!) so I didn’t realize there’s an element of sci-fi in it. But it was a hugely welcomed addition. Oh how I loved the relationship between little grumpy Melvin and Ellie (and Raj).
To me, it read like the usual 21st-century slapped-together-in-a-hurry crap that typically gets packaged for middle grade readers as a skinny chapter book. Wow, the author says girls can be scientists, give 'er a medal.
About as deep and developed as your average Scooby-Doo episode.
keywords: I'll give you cranky; and we all know what happened to Mme Curie; of course he dresses like an old guy; maybe they ran ...more
I wish I had read this book while I was in middle school! I think it had EVERYTHING I would have wanted!
The way the Information was so gently handed to the reader, would have prompted me to find other books to further research the scientists, they were so well explained.
The family issues, and interactions were believable. Growing out of one relationship and into another as we all do, as the one between Ellie and her best friend and having divor ...more
Ellie’s granddad, Melvin Sagarsky, a scientist, has discovered the fountain of youth via a jellyfish compound called T. melvinus. Now the 76-year-old has a senior brain in a pubescent body. Madcap mayhem ensues ...more
"Endings are sad....but beginnings are exciting."
This is one of those books I was invited to read via Netgalley. When I received the invitation, I did not realize this was a middle grade book, so that revelation was rather surprising. This was a cute book with lots of great messages for middle grade readers, but it definitely requires a great suspension of disbelief (probably much e ...more
Like most people Ellie doesn't like change, but her grandfather and more importantly her dearly departed goldfish, Goldie just might teach the middle schooler that change is ...more
THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH, BY JENNIFER L. HOLM
I really wanted to like this book. The person who recommended it to me is a very dear friend, and a wonderful soul. I tried so hard...
This is a children's book. I don't agree with it, but some people say allowances have to be made for that. In any case, if you decide to read it, keep that in mind.
Synopsis: Ellie is an 11 year-old girl with artistic parents who is currently suffering a break-up from her best friend, and doesn't like the change. One...more
The only complaint I have is Ellie's assumption that her friendship with Briana is done. She never talks to Briana about it and Briana, who is busy pursuing other interests, continues to make an effort to stay on friendly terms with Ellie. I would have liked to have seen some sort of examination of that particular situation.
Otherwise, I was delighted and charmed. Recom ...more
1. This is like Rebecca Stead lite! And I mean that as a compliment! Stead's books explore themes in interesting and sophisticated ways. This explored a theme (the impacts of science on nature) on a bunch of levels in a way that is (probably) easier to grasp for most young readers. I'm very excited to talk to kids about this one.
2. Man, I love this idea of a teenage grandparent. So funny. There was something about it that was familiar to me, but I can't put my f ...more
I was reminded of "Flowers for Algernon" pretty early on in the story, but this book wasn't treading that same ground. Instead, this book covered a lot of different territories: growing old, losing friends and making new friends and the pain there, learning to live with one's parents' expectations, learning to accept one's child's differences and interest ...more
[I received a free ARC of this book via NetGalley. This fact has no bearing on my review.]
Ellie’s life gets a little strange when a thirteen year old boy comes home with her mom and claims to be her grandfather. All evidence points to him telling the truth, and Ellie is whisked into the world of science and “discovering the possible” as she tries to help her grandfather retrieve the specimen that made his life’s work - reversing ...more
The Fourteenth Goldfish is a wonderful, funny tale on family, finding what you love in life and second chances. Readers both young and old, will undoubtedly appreciate Ellie's gradual discovery of her love of science, and her growing appreciation of family and friends in all ages and forms.
I've been sitting on my review for The Fourteenth Goldfish for several months now, because I've been worried that I just can't do this book justice.
It's a wonderfully ...more
Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series -- the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. She is also the author of several other highly pra ...more