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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: "The Fourteenth Goldfish" by Jennifer L. Holm

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?
*(summary courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review:
A very cute read about a child learning about life and death, and what it embodies: change.  It is set in the Bay Area, California, with mentions of UC Berkeley.  On a person note: my mother worked with postdocs at UCB, so the information about the science there, including the creation of the atomic bomb, hit close to home (no pun intended).  There's a little history and information for children to learn without it feeling to much like a history textbook.  The life lesson it teaches at the end illustrates just how wise her years, Ellie was.  The story had a nice wrap up that wasn't forced and left me feeling content.  The tie-in with the book's title was pretty clever, I might add.
224 pages
Expected publication: August 26th 2014

Rating:  🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔 
Recommend?  Great read for children and adults

(ARC courtesy of Net Galley and Random House Books)



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