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Review: The Fourteenth Goldfish

June 3, 2016


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.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
16 Comments leave one →
  1. baldbookgeek permalink
    June 3, 2016 4:57 am

    good review

  2. June 3, 2016 9:11 am

    Sounds cute. I bet my grandson would like it.

  3. June 3, 2016 9:37 am

    This sounds good. It’s amazing how a good book, regardless of the target audience, can still resonate. I’m somewhere between 50-55 years “too old” for a middle grade book. But I’ve read some that I have thoroughly enjoyed. A good story is a good story.

  4. Beth F permalink
    June 3, 2016 10:30 am

    Oh I can’t wait to get to this. I love middle grade books!

  5. June 3, 2016 1:03 pm

    Our daughter loved this one but I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I would imagine it is a quick read, so maybe this summer I can read it quick!

  6. June 3, 2016 1:13 pm

    Middle Grade books can be really good!

  7. Patty permalink
    June 3, 2016 3:15 pm

    This does sound like a great story! I love middle grade books!

  8. June 3, 2016 6:25 pm

    I enjoyed your review. The book sounds very good, for readers of all ages!

  9. Literary Feline permalink
    June 3, 2016 8:50 pm

    This sounds like something I would want my daughter to read. When she’s older, of course. 🙂

  10. June 4, 2016 7:18 am

    I love the premise 🙂

  11. June 5, 2016 11:00 pm

    This sounds good. I love the references to science!

  12. June 6, 2016 10:56 pm

    This really sounds fun and I think my granddaughter might enjoy it with me. 🙂

  13. June 8, 2016 1:19 pm

    This sounds adorable

  14. bookingmama permalink
    June 13, 2016 2:34 pm

    I think all of Jennifer Holm’s books are outstanding!

  15. June 14, 2016 8:15 pm

    Looks like one I should pick up.

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