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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Release Date - August 26, 2014

Jennifer L. Holm
Random House Books for Young Readers

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

The last thing Ellie Cruz expected was to have a new housemate, yet that's exactly what happens. Her mom arrives one night with a teen boy in tow, and she quickly learns that teen is her grandfather. Somehow the scientist figured out a way to turn back the clock and become a teen again. While her mother is not pleased to have a 13-year-old boy bossing her around and devouring her groceries in mass quantity, Ellie is thrilled to have the chance to help her grandfather collect the jellyfish he used to regain his youth and publish his study. There's just one complication, getting into his lab as teenagers is not so easy.

The Fourteenth Goldfish dishes up lively characters, especially Ellie's witty grandfather. I loved the interactions between him and his daughter. Ellie's friends are also memorable. The situations they faced seem true to nature and their solutions sometimes involved thinking outside the box without becoming unbelievable.

Also scattered in this book are details about real inventors and scientists that will teach kids something as they read this quirky, involving novel about life, family dynamics, and the world around us.

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