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The Fourteenth Goldfish

de Jennifer L. Holm

Séries: Ellie Cruz (1)

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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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Maybe 2.5 stars? I really wanted to like this book but found the characters pretty flat. Ellie, an 11-year old girl, is in middle school and lost her best friend to volleyball. Ellie’s mother brings home a stray teenage boy, Melvin, who is actually Ellie’s grandfather. He has found a way to reverse the aging process, and keeps trying to break into his old lab to rescue his jellyfish. Melvin gets Ellie interested in famous scientists like Robert Oppenheimer, Isaac Newton, and Jonas Salk and how their scientific discoveries changed the world. So much so in fact that Ellie worries about Melvin’s discovery could adversely affect the world, similar to Oppenheimer's nuclear bomb. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
middlegrade children's fiction (realistic school story sci fiction). Reviewed from uncorrected egalley.
Hooray for science, and also for girls and science. Though the characters were sometimes a bit flat, I liked the motley cast and the fact that it's a totally functional divorced family, but the story isn't about that at all--it's just a normal school story dealing with friends drifting apart, new bonds being made, and the old-fashioned science fiction pursuit of eternal life. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This book shares the story of a young girl who is finding her own identity through trying new things. When her grandpa moves into her family home, she is introduced to science and quickly falls in love with it. This book would be great for students who may be starting to explore new interests and developing a love for science. It has elements of science in it, but not too overwhelming for students. ( )
  sobiec | Mar 8, 2021 |
This is a charming novel about eleven year old Ellie who's grandfather has just turned himself into a tween. Ellie learns from him and realizes her passion is science unlike her parents who love theatre. Ellie is growing up and going through life. Though her and her best friend are drifting away, she makes new friends like Momo and Raj. This is a book about growing up, self discovery, family, new beginnings, and science. This would be great for an intermediate or middle school reader.
  Faith.Burnett. | Feb 3, 2021 |
Where do authors get their fresh ideas and how do they pull them off? This charming story has a very down-to-earth quality in the relationships that are portrayed and a fantastical element in part of its premise. Ellie is on the cusp of teenager-hood, living with her single Mom in CA and maintaining a good relationship with her Dad. She is a sweet and guileless girl who hasn't begun to challenge authority or rebel. This status quo gets challenged when her grandfather Melvin shows up -- not as the crotchety old man her mother doesn't get along with, but as a crotchety old man in a teenager's body! He is a well-known scientist (with a fan club in Finland) and he has just created a serum that reverses aging. After trying it on himself, his life has really been upended. He is put into Ellie's mom's (his own daughter) custody, is enrolled in Ellie's middle school, can no longer drive, drink, or go to work -- nobody at his job believes him and he is barred from the building, while the serum goes undetected in the lab freezer. Hilarity ensues. Particularly funny is the old man voice and perspective in the midst of teen problems and issues (acne, homework, detention, love interest -- Ellie's best friend has a little crush on Melvin). Meanwhile, Ellie and her Mom try to pass Melvin off as a far-flung cousin. Melvin's goal is to get his serum back and Ellie tries to help, along with Raj a new friend who is an admirer of the adult Melvin's scientific discoveries. It all comes down to a sweet reflection on growing up, growing old, confronting change (and the attitude you confront it with) and the role of family in its many forms. There's also some excellent science knowledge and reflection here too. And it all works beautifully! ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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