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The fourteenth goldfish, Jennifer L. Holm

Label
The fourteenth goldfish
Title
The fourteenth goldfish
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer L. Holm
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter
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Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2015
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland), Grades 4-6, 2016.
  • Charlotte Award (New York), Middle School, 2016.
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Grades 6-8, 2016.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 4-6 It’s a little strange for 11-year-old Ellie when her mother brings home a boy who looks to be about 13 but dresses like Ellie’s grandfather. But it’s a shocker when Ellie realizes that the kid is her grandfather, a scientist who has suddenly succeeded in reversing the aging process. Now sleeping in their den and newly enrolled in Ellie’s middle school, Grandpa connives with her to sneak into his old lab and swipe what he needs to continue his research. Meanwhile, Ellie comes to admire the grandfather she has barely known, listens to his stories of famous scientists, and discovers her own passion for science. Written in a clean, crisp style, with lively dialogue and wit, this highly accessible novel will find a ready audience. The idea of an adult in a young teen’s body may not be new, but Ellie’s first-person narrative makes good use of the situation’s comic potential, particularly in the fractious, role-reversed relationship between Mom and Grandpa. Along with the comedy, the story has a reflective side, too, as Ellie thinks through issues such as death and immortality and confronts Grandpa with the social consequences of his research. A great choice for book groups and class discussions as well as individual reading. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A three-time Newbery Honor–winning author, whose books have also ranked on the New York Times best-seller lists, Holm has a formidably sized fan base waiting for her next release. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 07-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 21, p68)
  • /* Starred Review */ Middle school doesn’t start smoothly for 11-year-old Ellie, whose best friend finds her passion (volleyball) and new teammates to eat lunch with, while Ellie flounders, uninterested in sports or her parents’ avocation, theater. A startling addition to the household helps Ellie get her groove back when Grandpa Melvin, a scientist, moves in after engineering a cure for aging (the regenerative properties of jellyfish are involved) and transforming himself into a teenage boy. Though Melvin dresses and acts like the crotchety old man he was, he and Ellie bond over spirited discussions about Jonas Salk, Robert Oppenheimer, the possibilities of science, and the moral questions scientific advances can raise. Though the subject matter has a lot of intellectual heft, the writing has Holm’s ever-present light touch. The small cast, which refreshingly includes divorced parents who treat each other respectfully, is so well realized that the farfetched aspects of the plot seem almost plausible. This is top-notch middle-grade fiction with a meaty dilemma, humor, and an ending that leaves room for the possibility of a sequel. Ages 8–12. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Grinberg Literary Management. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed May 26, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 21, p)
  • What would it be like if your grandfather turned up in your house as a 13-year-old boy?For sixth-grader Ellie, this leads to a recognition of the importance of the cycle of life and the discovery of her own passion for science. After her scientist grandfather finds a way to regain his youth, heâ€TMs denied access to his lab and must come to live with Ellie and her mother. Although he looks young, his intellect and attitudes havenâ€TMt changed. He still tells Ellieâ€TMs mother what to wear and when to come home, and he loathes middle school even more than Ellie does. Thereâ€TMs plenty of opportunity for humor in this fish-out-of-water story and also a lesson on the perils as well as the pluses of scientific discovery. Divorced parents, a goth friend and a longed-for cellphone birthday present are among the familiar details setting this story firmly in the present day, like Holmâ€TMs Year Told Through Stuff series, rather than in the past, like her three Newbery Honor–winning historical novels. The author demonstrates understanding of and sympathy for the awkwardness of those middle school years. But she also gets in a plug for the excitement of science, following it up with an authorâ€TMs note and suggestions for further exploration, mostly on the Web.Appealing and thought-provoking, with an ending that suggests endless possibilities. (Science fiction. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10351717
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Holm, Jennifer L
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
550
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.H732226
LC item number
Fo 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Fourteenth goldfish
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grandfathers
  • Scientists
  • Aging
  • Families
  • Grandfathers
  • Scientists
  • Aging
  • Family life
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The fourteenth goldfish, Jennifer L. Holm
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Publication
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
195 pages
Isbn
9780375970641
Isbn Type
(hardcover library binding)
Lccn
2013035052
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
The fourteenth goldfish, Jennifer L. Holm
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
195 pages
Isbn
9780375970641
Isbn Type
(hardcover library binding)
Lccn
2013035052
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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