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