Monday, May 2, 2016

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm 208 pages

 Ellie is not fond of change. She misses how things were when she was in fifth grade, like her best friend who is more focused on joining the volleyball team. She even misses her goldfish that she thought was special when he survived a lot longer than anyone else’s. When her grandfather Melvin comes home with her mother one night, things are about to change in Ellie’s life.

Grandpa Melvin, a scientist, has been obsessed with immortality. When he is shipped a unique jellyfish, he just might have found an answer. He ends up turning himself into a thirteen-year-old, pimply boy, who comes to live with Ellie and her mom after he gets in trouble with the police. After spending time with her grandfather, Ellie’s interest in science increases as well as her knowledge of Melvin. 

This was read by Georgette Perna and is a preliminary nominee for the Mark Twain Award.

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