The Fourteenth Goldfish (Hardcover)

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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Babymouse author, Jennifer Holm is a compelling coming of age story narrated by 11 year old Ellie.  Ellie begins with a story about her preschool teacher who gave each of her students a goldfish to teach them about the cycle of life, since “Goldfish don’t last very long.”  In order to protect Ellie, her mother had replaced “Goldie” with a new fish each time the old fish died—until Ellie finally found Goldie 13 floating upside down seven years later.  To use another fish metaphor, Ellie is a fish out of water.  Her divorced mother and father are both actors who assume Ellie loves theatre as much as they do—but she doesn’t.  One day Ellie’s mother brings home a slender boy who looks like he is about 13 or 14.  The boy is Ellie’s estranged grandfather, a scientist who has discovered a cure for aging.  As Ellie gets to know her grandfather as a boy, she discovers that she is more like him than she had ever imagined, and that she has both a talent and a passion for science.  I highly recommend this book for young readers, aged 8 to 12.  It’s particularly good for parents who are looking for books that feature girls pursuing non-traditional roles.  Random House

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Believe in the possible . . . with this "warm, witty, and wise" New York Times bestselling novel from three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm. A perfect read about a child's relationship with her grandfather

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.

"Warm, witty and wise"--The New York Times

"Awesomely strange and startlingly true-to-life. It makes you wonder what's possible." -- Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me


About the Author

JENNIFER L. HOLM's father was a pediatrician and she grew up listening to him talk about the wonder of antibiotics and how science could change the world. Today Jennifer is the NY Times bestselling author of three Newbery Honor Books, as well as the co-creator of the Babymouse series (a 2013 Eisner Award Winner) and Squish series, which she collaborates on with her brother Matthew Holm.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780375870644
ISBN-10: 0375870644
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 26th, 2014
Pages: 208
Language: English