The Fourteenth Goldfish

Author: Jennifer Holm

Pub Date: August 26, 2014

Genre: Contemporary (science) Fiction, Middle School level

Themes: family, friendship, science

Fave Character: Ellie’s Mom

What I Think: The overall feel of the story was quirky and fun. Once Ellie’s grandfather discovers the possibility of immortality in his lab, chaos and adventure ensues. I liked how this didn’t use the tired old formula for middle school books. Although Ellie’s life may be changing, the typical friendship and school drama is downplayed in favor of family and personal discoveries. Ellie observes as her Grandpa Melvin faces the challenges that come with his new-found youth and finds her own passion for science in the process. All while facing the ethical question: Should this secret of eternal youth even be revealed?


+ A happy ending with endless possibilities

The ongoing tension between Grandpa Melvin and Ellie’s mother

Long Story Short: 9/10! ❤

x emily.

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