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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

The Fourteenth Goldfish

by Jennifer L. Holm

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A mad scientist who invents the fountain of youth, suffers from teenage angst and acne. Delivering an interesting mix of humor and science, this book is sure to please youngsters who enjoy jumping into the craziness to fiction while uncovering the circle of life. ( )
  jnmwheels | Apr 3, 2016 |
This is a quirky story from start to finish. I think it'd make a great 4th grade read aloud. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
Jennifer Holm is both a three-time Newbery Honor-winning author and one of the co-creators of the "Babymouse" series. She is also the daughter of a pediatrician and a peds nurse, so she grew up much like Ellie does. Her grandfather is a noted scientist (with a fan club in Finland), and he discovers a "cure" for aging. He appears one day at her front door, now a teenager. Claiming to be her cousin, he tags along to middle school (arguing with what is and isn't in the science text), nags at her mother, has to serve detention for not getting a pass, and has a pony tail. In between all the fantasy of the story, there are insertions of scientific fact about Pasteur, Curie, Salk, and Oppenheimer. There are also websites listed at the rear. While I'm not a fan of fantasy or science fiction, there are students who are. ( )
  Librarian09 | Feb 25, 2016 |
This is a favorite author of mine. I do enjoy BabyMouse very much. This story is a great coming of age story. Ellie is the main character, and like many kids- she does not like change. Change is an inevitable part of life as we all know. Ellie meets a strange boy that reminds her of a relative, and after a while they become friends. Read this story to find out what happens and also to see why the author chose the title for this book! -ER
I agree! I also enjoy this author and found this story to be completely charming. An interesting look at the concept of immortality and also what it means to be "normal!" I would recommend this to grades 4-8. Fans of Wendy Mass will enjoy! -EC ( )
  WhitneyYPL | Feb 9, 2016 |
Read aloud over several weeks, between several other books separately by R and me. As she said approvingly: "Not a great book, but a really good idea." The whacky premise is used for serious consideration of how science works, how kids and parents relate to one another throughout their lives. Holm still leaves plenty of room for antics like a pizza delivery staged to distract from a lab break-in.

It worked as an evening read probably because it was so different from either of our standard interests. ( )
  elenchus | Feb 7, 2016 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:46 -0400)

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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