Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Fourteenth GoldfishThe Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Children's Middle Grade Fantasy 



Ellie is surprised when her mother comes home with her grandfather who has turned himself into what looks like a thirteen-year-old boy. A rare jellyfish has made Ellie's grandfather, Melvin, young again but he can't get to it because he has been barred from his laboratory by the company he worked for, but he is intent on retrieving the jellyfish so that he may make his discovery known to the world so that he will be the most famous scientist ever!

As if a thirteen-year-old grandfather is not drama enough Ellie is now in middle school and she finds herself on her own because her best friend, Brianna, has found a new clique with the girls on the volleyball team, and Ellie feels alone. When Ellie felt like things couldn't get any worse her and her grandfather meet Raj who becomes the third musketeer of their group with the main goal being to get the jellyfish out of Grandpa Melvin's lab. Ellie becomes extremely interested in Science as her Grandpa talks about all the amazing things that encompass the board subject of Science. After quite the break-in they were finally able to retrieve the jellyfish from the lab. But then Ellie starts thinking about the implications the jellyfish will have on the cycle of life and the world. After much thought Ellie goes to her grandfather and tells him he cannot share what he knows with the world because of the heavy consequences such a discovery would have on human life. The pursuit of science that will improve human life is her grandfather's dream and she is asking him to keep it to himself to think not just of the good consequences of his discovery but to also look at the bad consequences that could ruin everything. Her grandfather argues with her but eventually he sees the light and realizes that somethings no matter how great they are can have dire consequences and they just need to be left alone.

A great read about family, friendship, life and death and the wonder of science! Well written for the targeted age group you or your middle grade child will love this book. The only thing I didn't really get was the title and the first chapter they seem to mean something since if they didn't the author wouldn't have included all of it but I just didn't get how the title and the first chapter ties into the story. Maybe I'm to much of an adult to get it.

Thanks for coming by,
Amy

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