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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review {The Fourteenth Goldfish}

Synopsis & cover photo: {courtesy of amazon.com}:
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 received a digital copy of this book VIA Netgalley in return for an honest review}
I LOVED this book.
I had a feeling before I even started that it was going to be about more than goldfish…and it definitely was.
Ellie’s world turns upside down when her grandfather comes to stay with them. Except, unlike most grandparents, her grandfather {Melvin}…isn’t just some old man who wear slippers around the house and does crossword puzzles—he’s a scientist. Who has discovered a cure for aging.
And turns himself into an adolescent boy.
And the story unfolds from this beginning.
I enjoyed this book for a few reasons: It reminded me a little bit of Back To The Future. With a little more Doc Brown.
I also loved the message that this story had. It was sweet, pretty profound, and I definitely had tears in my eyes when I finished it.
It took me all of about 2.5 summer hours to read {my summer hours are definitely much easier to “read straight through” in}.
I also liked that some of this book was given away piece by piece. I definitely am going to look into it and see what guided reading level it is to possibly use it with one of my groups this school year: I really enjoyed the message within the pages. I also liked that Holm took the time to place resources in the back of the book to further look into some of the scientific matters {an excellent resource for educators looking to squeeze potential out of this fantastic book!}
{Where can I buy this?}:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fourteenth-Goldfish-Jennifer-L-Holm/dp/0375870644/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414367664&sr=1-1&keywords=the+fourteenth+goldfish
B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-fourteenth-goldfish-jennifer-holm/1117541921?ean=9780375870644
{What would I rate it?}: 4.9/5. I really, REALLY liked it.
{Who would I recommend this book to?}:

Anyone with an interest in science, pre-teen girls AND boys, basically…pretty much any kiddo out there!

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