ARC Review – The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm


The Fourteenth Goldfish
Author: Jennifer L. Holm
Genre: Children’s
Release Date: Aug 26, 2014
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Rating: ♦♦♦♦

Summary: Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.

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?

With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.

I’ve got one word for “The Fourteenth Goldfish”.


Me reading this book.

This is a charming story of a young girl figuring out who she is and what she wants while her grandfather (who suddenly turned into a thirteen year old boy) inspires her. It’s about science, possibilities, and discovering that you’re passionate about something. It’s also about smelly teenagers, taking out the trash, and changing your mind sometimes.

It’s not a very complex storyline, nor a very difficult read, and I would have enjoyed it when I was seven instead of eleven like the heroine of the story. The relationships seem real, though at times too dramatic, but the writing is simple and to the point.  It is surprisingly cute though, and had an ending that I did not expect.

Overall four stars. Not blow my mind exceptional, but above average. Cute.


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