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The fourteenth goldfish de Jennifer L. Holm
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The fourteenth goldfish (edició 2014)

de Jennifer L. Holm

Sèrie: Ellie Cruz (1)

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Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.
Membre:rhowens
Títol:The fourteenth goldfish
Autors:Jennifer L. Holm
Informació:New York : Random House, [2014]
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Etiquetes:children-s-chapter-book, newbery-contender-2015

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This book shares the story of a young girl who is finding her own identity through trying new things. When her grandpa moves into her family home, she is introduced to science and quickly falls in love with it. This book would be great for students who may be starting to explore new interests and developing a love for science. It has elements of science in it, but not too overwhelming for students. ( )
  sobiec | Mar 8, 2021 |
This is a charming novel about eleven year old Ellie who's grandfather has just turned himself into a tween. Ellie learns from him and realizes her passion is science unlike her parents who love theatre. Ellie is growing up and going through life. Though her and her best friend are drifting away, she makes new friends like Momo and Raj. This is a book about growing up, self discovery, family, new beginnings, and science. This would be great for an intermediate or middle school reader.
  Faith.Burnett. | Feb 3, 2021 |
Where do authors get their fresh ideas and how do they pull them off? This charming story has a very down-to-earth quality in the relationships that are portrayed and a fantastical element in part of its premise. Ellie is on the cusp of teenager-hood, living with her single Mom in CA and maintaining a good relationship with her Dad. She is a sweet and guileless girl who hasn't begun to challenge authority or rebel. This status quo gets challenged when her grandfather Melvin shows up -- not as the crotchety old man her mother doesn't get along with, but as a crotchety old man in a teenager's body! He is a well-known scientist (with a fan club in Finland) and he has just created a serum that reverses aging. After trying it on himself, his life has really been upended. He is put into Ellie's mom's (his own daughter) custody, is enrolled in Ellie's middle school, can no longer drive, drink, or go to work -- nobody at his job believes him and he is barred from the building, while the serum goes undetected in the lab freezer. Hilarity ensues. Particularly funny is the old man voice and perspective in the midst of teen problems and issues (acne, homework, detention, love interest -- Ellie's best friend has a little crush on Melvin). Meanwhile, Ellie and her Mom try to pass Melvin off as a far-flung cousin. Melvin's goal is to get his serum back and Ellie tries to help, along with Raj a new friend who is an admirer of the adult Melvin's scientific discoveries. It all comes down to a sweet reflection on growing up, growing old, confronting change (and the attitude you confront it with) and the role of family in its many forms. There's also some excellent science knowledge and reflection here too. And it all works beautifully! ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
This review and others posted over at my blog

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blurb from NetGalley: "Science can change the world...but can it go too far? Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He's bossy. He's cranky. And weirdly enough he looks a lot like Ellie's grandfather, a scientist who's always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?"

This was a cute book - I read it all in one sitting and I would guess it would be just as engrossing for the target audience (grades 5-7 according to Amazon). This book was easy to understand, yet threaded the science facts throughout, making them part of Ellie's discoveries and newfound interest in science, rather than just throwing facts at kids for the sake of some educational value. Turning 12, Ellie is also entering middle school and starting to deal with the difficulties that come along with that. Teenage years are awkward and can be hard to handle, but so can the pre-teen years. Oftentimes that's when people really start to develop more of their personality, or go through phases to figure out how they want to dress, what their interests are, and it's the start of self discovery. The Fourteenth Goldfish touches base on this topic a little with the changing relationship between Ellie and her old best friend. Children have to be aware that at some point, people may change and your friendships might not last forever - yet you make new friends along the way and this book shows that with Ellie's newfound friendship with Raj and even the mysterious boy.

I had a little confusion was about Raj, Ellie's new friend, as he was an alternative boy with facial and ear piercings (and possibly a shaved head), but I have a hard time imagining a 12-year-old with a lip ring. Even if he's older, if he's not in high school yet he's probably not older than 14. I can almost picture a 14-year-old with lip and eyebrow piercings, but not really. I also thought the ending was a little abrupt...MINOR SPOILER...because the solution for part of the issue was to flush the cause of an amazing scientific discovery down the toilet and I couldn't imagine this happening.

I assume this is the start of what could be an excellent middle-grade series based on a female protagonist interested in science. If you know any young science fans, they should certainly check this out! Even if you're just a fan of middle-grade fiction, at a little over 200 pages this is easily worth your time. ( )
  MillieHennessy | Aug 2, 2020 |
Ellie is an 11-year-old girl who is looking for her passion in life. Her divorced parents love the theater, her friend loves volleyball, and Ellie is not sure what she loves. Her life is forever changed when her mom brings home a 13-year-old boy who dresses like her scientist grandfather - because he IS her grandfather. He has discovered a quality in jellyfish that can reverse the aging process and is now in a 13 year old body. Ellie and her grandfather work together to gather his research to seek a Nobel Prize, and Ellie finds her passion along the way.
  mweinmeister | Jul 24, 2020 |
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