Review: The Fourteenth Goldfish
Ellie is new to middle school and struggling to find her place . Her best friend has abandoned her and she’s just not sure where she belongs. Then, her mom brings home an odd young man who reminds Ellie of her Grandpa Melvin. Grandpa Melvin is a scientist who’s spent his career searching for the fountain of youth – could he have found it?
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm is a quirky, fun middle grade book about being true to yourself and I thought it was terrific. Ellie is struggling to make the transition to middle school – her best friend has found new interests and doesn’t have much time for her these days. Then, her mom comes home with a teenage boy who’s remarkably like her grandfather, but how could that be possible? Suddenly Ellie’s world is turned upside down but that just might be a good thing.
There is so much to love about The Fourteenth Goldfish from the terrific characters to the fun plot to the references to science! Kids will love Ellie and will get excited about science when she does.
I listened to the audio version of The Fourteenth Goldfish which is narrated by Georgette Perna. I thought she did a great job bringing the story to life.
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