The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
7 word summary: Ellie’s grandfather reverses aging, becomes surly teen.
Stand alone novel. ©2014. 190 p. Share with ages 8-12.
THIS REVIEW IS OF THE ADVANCE READER’S COPY.
Grandfathers are moody to begin with, but Melvin’s a special case: he’s recently discovered the fountain of youth, which changed the renowned scientist into a teen. Requiring a guardian, he moves in with his daughter Melissa and granddaughter Ellie, where he is forced to attend school – again. All Melvin really wants is to get back to his lab and continue with his revolutionary research, but how does a teen prove that he’s really an old, brilliant scientist? And how does his arrival impact narrator Ellie’s life? Realistic and fantastical, this quirky adventure offers a glimpse into family and middle school dynamics. Holm steps outside of her (award-winning) historical fiction zone to deliver an offbeat yet winning fantasy, science-based novel.