Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Fourteenth Goldfish / Jennifer L. Holm / 195 pages

Eleven year old Ellie's parents are divorced but friends.  Her mother is a drama teacher and her father is an actor.  Her mother and her grandfather have always had a somewhat troubled relationship.  As a scientist, he was disappointed in her career choice and totally immersed in his research, which has gone well, perhaps too well.  He has used himself as a guinea pig for his fountain of youth serum and it worked.  He is now a seventy-six year old brilliant scientist in a thirteen year old body.  He is forced to attend school with his granddaughter.  The two embark on a quest to secure his research notes.  Grandpa Melvin spices their relationship with informative cameos of great scientists - Galileo, Newton, Salk, Oppenheimer...  The Fourteenth Goldfish celebrates the wonders of science, and explores questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality...and possibility.

Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17

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