Review The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Jennifer L. Holm’s newest work of genius, The Fourteenth Goldfish.  Immediately the book drew me in with its whimsical, yet througho provoking theme (I can’t give it away).  So much so that the book has been chosen as one of the official selections for The Global Read Aloud 2014.  Yup, Jennifer L. Holm has done it again.

So why do I love the story so much?  Because masked within its pages are some deep philosophical questions.  The story itself is engaging, fun, and will be a great read aloud, and I think it has a broad appeal globally.  Who cannot relate to the awkwardness of trying to fit in?  Or wanting to stay young?  I also absolutely loved the science the book has woven into it and couldn’t help but think of all of the extensions I could use it for.

Bottom line: A perfect global read aloud book for 3rd and up.

From Goodreads:

Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.
Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

I am a passionate  teacher in Wisconsin, USA,  who has taught 4, 5th, and 7th grade.  Proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. I have no awards or accolades except for the lightbulbs that go off in my students’ heads every day.  First book “Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students” can be purchased now from Powerful Learning Press.   Second book“Empowered Schools, Empowered Students – Creating Connected and Invested Learners” can be pre-ordered from Corwin Press now.  Follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.


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