Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Wow, you never know what you're going to get with a novel by Holm. Every single one is so different from the rest. It is awesome. Kind of like opening a present on your birthday or Christmas - you know it's likely something good and something you want - you just don't know if it's going to be warm and cozy or fun to play with. This venture into the sci-fi realm was pretty fun. Ellie's grandfather has discovered how to reverse aging and of course tests it on himself. As a result he gets banished from his own lab because no one recognizes him. He ends up moving in with Ellie and her mother (his daughter). This proves a little awkward as he is now physically and hormonally, a teenage boy with the tastes, humor and personality of a grouchy old man. Trust me, this is not an ideal combination. As the familial relationships are tested in a variety of ways, each individual learns a lot about themselves and their relatives.

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