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The Fourteenth Goldfish

by Jennifer Holm

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Ellie's grandfather is a scientist, who experiments on himself. His latest creation causes him to reverse the aging process, and become a middle schooler again. Ellie learns a lot from him while he goes to school and lives with her, finding her own true passion for science.
  mlbailey77 | May 16, 2015 |
This is an enjoyable, easy young adult read. The question of whether one would want to be young forever is such a powerful thought. On one hand there are so many bad things that come with aging, but if you erase all that, you also erase the beauty of being able to use and share your wisdom. ( )
  MaryRGR | Jan 21, 2015 |
Ellie is a little surprised when her mother brings home a teenaged boy, and the surprises just keep coming once she learns that this teenager is her grandfather! He is a scientist who has realized his lifelong goal to reverse aging! Which is thrilling but presents a number of challenges for Eliie and her mom. As teenagers grandfathers tend to be more than a little offbeat!
Ellie and her grandfather get to know each other as they attend middle school together and embark on a slightly illegal quest to retrieve his research materials from the lab that no longer recognizes him! Together they grapple with big ethical questions, especially the responsibility of a scientist to deal with the consequences of their discoveries. Jennifer Holm sneakily teaches the reader about scientists such as Marie Curie, Jonas Salk, and Robert Oppenheimer. A fun read with a little education thrown in. ( )
  knitwit2 | Jan 17, 2015 |
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Ellie has never liked change much. Eleven years old she already misses a lot of things. Fifth grade. Her old best friend. Even her goldfish. But one day a strange boy shows up. He’s a wee bit bossy, a lot cranky, and kinda looks like...her grandfather?? He’s always been obsessed with immortality, but could he have finally pulled it off? I mean...he couldn’t...could he?

Author Jennifer Holm, known for her Baby Mouse series, breaks new ground with a story with humor and heart that celebrates science and explores life, death, family, friendship, and possibility of magic. On the surface the book may seem to be just another story in the vein of Freaky Friday, or maybe even something that’s too deep for young readers to understand...but it is none of these. Holm has crafted a story that accurately captures the feelings that so many of us had at that age and wondering, what the heck do we do?? Even more so Holm’s story will likely spark an interest in science, history, discovery, and possibilities. I give the book 3 out of 5 stars. ( )
  zzshupinga | Jan 8, 2015 |
Sweet, funny -- nothing inappropriate. Good for both elementary and middle. ( )
  amydelpo | Dec 9, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375870644, Hardcover)

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.

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Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

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