The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish

by Jennifer L. Holm (Author)

Believe in the possible . . . with this "warm, witty, and wise" New York Times bestselling novel from three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm. A perfect read about a child's relationship with her grandfather!
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?
With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.

And don’t miss the much-anticipated sequel, The Third Mushroom!

"Warm, witty and wise"—The New York Times

"Awesomely strange and startlingly true-to-life. It makes you wonder what's possible." -- Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me


In the realm of extraordinary novels, Jennifer L. Holm's "The Fourteenth Goldfish" stands out as a captivating tale that delves into the extraordinary journey of Ellie, a young girl with an unyielding determination to unlock the secrets of time travel. Set in the whimsical town of Willow Creek, Ellie discovers a mysterious goldfish capable of granting wishes, leading her on an exhilarating adventure through time.

As Ellie embarks on her time-bending escapades, she encounters an array of fascinating characters, including the enigmatic Professor Prufrock, who holds the key to unraveling the mysteries of time travel. Along her path, Ellie uncovers hidden truths about her family and the town's rich history, all while grappling with the consequences of altering the past.

With each wish granted by the fourteenth goldfish, Ellie learns valuable lessons about friendship, family, and the delicate balance between curiosity and responsibility. Holm's skillful storytelling immerses readers in Ellie's world, filled with heart-stopping moments, humorous encounters, and thought-provoking reflections on the intricacies of time and its impact on our lives.

"The Fourteenth Goldfish" is a literary gem that captivates readers of all ages with its blend of science fiction, humor, and poignant life lessons. Holm's vivid prose brings the characters and their captivating adventures to life, leaving readers eagerly anticipating Ellie's next thrilling journey through the corridors of time.


210 pages