14th Goldfish by Jennifer L. HolmThe Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm.

When 11-year-old Ellie’s scientist grandfather, Melvin, injects himself with an exotic jellyfish serum, he changes back into his 14-year-old self. Melvin has always been experimenting with ways to keep people young, and it seems he has finally found it. But, since he is now a teen, he is kicked out of his lab as a trespasser and has to live with Ellie and her mom (Melvin’s daughter). Melvin and Elli’s mom do not get along. He is as crotchety and cranky as he was as an old man. But Ellie likes him and finds a friend in him when her former best friend, Brianna, decides to join the volleyball team and gets swept up in their team spirit, leaving Ellie behind. Nothing really happens in this book other than the kids continually trying to break back into the lab to get the serum, eating a lot of Chinese food, and breaking up fights between father and daughter. Melvin never gets a patent or award for his work. He never grows up (during the book). The characters don’t really change, they are almost static. Ellie decides she likes science and that her grandpa should not share his discovery with the world because she wants to experience growing old and having grown-ups help her out. Ellie never gets a better friendship with Brianna. There is about a paragraph that is intriguing about the immortality debate, and that’s about it. Oh, and by the way, it doesn’t even really mention goldfish.

pseudo-sci-fi, immortality, family relationships, STEM girls