Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Fourteenth Goldfish

This is a review for The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm.
I gave this book ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5 stars, I loved it.

Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?
This is the story of a young girl struggling to find her passion in life while adjusting to all of the changes of middle school. 

Ellie is new to science and she finds everything fascinating.  Galileo, Newton, Curie, Oppenheimer, Salk, each of them observed something around them and it changed the world.  Oppenheimer said "We knew the world would not be the same" after observing the results of his scientific achievement. Even now, 70 years after the atomic bomb we debate the morality of it.  As Ellie learns more about science and about life she isn't entirely sure if her grandfather's experiment is going to save the world or destroy it.

This story is really great.  I wish it had been written when I was struggling with middle school.  Embracing who we are is hard, especially when we don't really know who we are yet.  Learning to form your own ideas can be difficult and expressing those ideas can be even more difficult.  Telling someone you love that you think they are wrong is hard.  Ellie struggles with all of these things.

I recommend this book whole-heartedly.  It never hurts to remember that children struggle with the same things adults do.  It never hurts to be reminded that our opinions matter even if our loved ones disagree.  If you are the parent of a child about to start middle school I recommend both you and your child read this book.

I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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