The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm


Eleven-year-old Ellie's world is changing and she isn't sure she likes it. Her best friend has discovered volleyball and a new group of friends. To make matters worse, Ellie's Grandpa Melvin has discovered the secret of eternal youth. Melvin now lives with Ellie and her mother as a grumpy, bossy old man, crammed in the body of a thirteen-year-old boy. As Ellie and Melvin spend time together, they learn important life lessons from one another. Ellie discovers the excitement and possibility of science, while Melvin learns the importance of friendship as well as the necessity of death.

A light-hearted but profound look at adolescent life, The Fourteenth Goldfish is a wonderful coming of age story. Ellie and Melvin are delightful characters who prove that life teaches important lessons to the young and the old. Their journey will leave readers with a smile and a desire to discover the magic and possibility of science and life. This is a great story for tween readers and would make a fun family read aloud.

Recommended ages-9-13 years old

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