The Fourteenth Goldfish (click book or see below for description)
By Jennifer L. Holm
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Finish Time: 3 very quick nights (while moving – probably 1-2 hours total.) And yes, I read a children’s book. No – I did not know until it was downloaded and I saw the publisher – Random House Books for Young Readers. I’ll blame it on being tired from the move – but it said it was available right away for download through NetGalley and admittedly, I liked the cover. I thought about stopping after a few chapters, but I’m no quitter, and I promised good, bad, and ugly (maybe?), so here goes!
Targeted to 8-12 year olds, which I guess I once was, definitely am not now, and my kids aren’t quite old enough for this now, I have a hard time knowing if this is correct, so we’ll just have to take their word for it! Obviously nothing controversial or anything I wouldn’t want, even my little ones, to read. A good coming-of-age, awkward tween years, glad I don’t have to go back to that time of my life, book.
The main character is 11-year old Ellie. In that age of self-discovery, trying so hard to fit in, not liking change, time of life. Enter Melvin, who we shortly come to find out is her grandfather, victim to his own experiment, turned into an 11-year-old too! Still dressing like a grandpa and still lecturing his daughter, Ellie’s mom, Melvin was really a funny character that I quite enjoyed. He helped show Ellie the world in a different way, that of someone who has been there, and who frankly doesn’t care what other 11 year old’s think of him! What’s important, and what’s not. A good lesson for all of us, young and old.
I’ll say it again, not my typical read, but another one I read while in the middle of moving. A light, funny read, choke full of good lessons (geared for an 8-12 year old!) but I think you may be surprised what you could get out of it too!
Description from Amazon:
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.