The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Book - 2014
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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
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375870644
Characteristics: 195 pages ; 22 cm


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VaughanPLDianeB Jul 28, 2020

I really enjoyed this clever, funny and thought-provoking story! It's a great read for those who have an interest in science. Definitely worth checking out!

Jul 06, 2020

Ellie goes to school each day without change, but one night unexpectedly encounters a strange but familiar person. It turns out to be her grandfather, Melvin Sagarsky, who is a scientist that had been in contact with a jellyfish species, T. melvinus, that can reverse the aging process! Middle school life for Ellie started out with downs. It can be challenging when there's distance between you and your best friend, and you wonder how you'll fit into the new atmosphere. Yet Melvin needs to continue his research about the T. melvinus, but is locked out from his lab. It's interesting how things eventually come out. This book shows how things come and go. Life is precious. Adding on, this book also gives a little history lesson about scientists contributing good to the world like Marie Curie and Jonas Salk who found the vaccine to polio. I find this book enjoyable to read because it can relate to my days during middle school with surprises.

Jun 11, 2020

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 succeeded in reversing the aging process. Now sleeping in their den, and newly enrolled in Ellie’s middle school, Grandpa convinces 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.

I really enjoyed this book because it explores both the idea of aging and the bond that develops between Ellie and her grandfather. Ellie has never wanted to follow in her parents footsteps, but finds her love of science being encouraged by her grandfather. She is also struggling with finding her place in middle school now that her best friend seems to have found other interests and friends besides Ellie.

If you enjoy realistic fiction with a twist you’ll find The Fourteenth Goldfish to be a fun read. I’d give this book a 4 out of 5. It is engaging with enough humor to keep you reading right till the end.

VaughanPLDonnalee Feb 29, 2020

This is a really fantastic book for middle grade and up readers. Eleven year old Ellie is trying to adjust to life in middle school, when suddenly a young teen boy arrives at her house. It's actually her grandfather, a scientist, who has discovered a way to reverse aging. The book deals with serious issues like aging, death, identity, and ethics, but it is still a light, fun and entertaining read. Really, it was a great thought-provoking book, but it was written in a really fun and accessible way. There are lots of interesting secondary characters. Ellie is a great heroine, with the curiosity of a budding scientist. Melvin, her grumpy grandfather now back as a teenager, provides lots of laughs. This is a wonderful book and is highly recommended.

Nov 10, 2018

This book is great!
If you've read "The thing about jellyfish" it will be an even better read

Lizito04 Aug 20, 2017

Grandpa cracks me up!

Jul 24, 2017

This is a really great book. I think that all of the characters are really interesting, and I especially find Ellie's grandpa's personality really funny. Ellie is just a regular girl with a very unlucky goldfish and a cranky grandpa, but it still makes a great book. One thing I want to find out is what happens with the second (weirder) jellyfish. Imagine all the possibilities!

Nov 30, 2016

I checked this out for my 4th grade son to read since he has been tearing through books so fast lately. He seemed to particularly enjoy this one and told me all about it. He even read parts of it to me because he thought it was so funny.

Jul 28, 2016

This is my favourite book, I love it so much! It's funny, interesting, and touching. Everytime I read this book, I cry at the end because it is so touching. I would recommend this book to anyone!!

Jun 14, 2016


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