The Fourteenth Goldfish

 This book is for people who like reading light and thin books. However, it contains many scientific references too. The story starts off with a young girl meeting her “14-year-old” grandpa. He founded a type of jellyfish which “..reverse’s senescence through cellular regeneration.” He essentially became young again!

The whole story is about how Ellie learns that becoming young again isn’t really nice. Her grandpa may not realize it, but being young isn’t always a good thing. What happens if nobody is old? Then what? You’ve heard of an aging population? What if you had a younging population? Too many obnoxious teenagers and the whole world goes south.

Of course, Ellie has problems of her own too. Brianna, her best friend joined volleyball and now they are like Newtown’s first law of motion “A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force.” Volleyball, just pushed Brianna away from Ellie. It’s the external force, pushing Brianna away from Ellie. So now, along with her grandpa staying in her 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom house, she’s dealing with her own friendship fights.

Everything changes when her grandpa moves in. However, she can’t change her destiny. What will happen to her? Will her friend come back to her? Ellie’s life shows the true struggles of a middle schoolers life.

This book may seem as if it is made for a young child but it is a book which astounded even adults. At the end of the day, it may just be a children’s book, but it is a book which is so wonderfully written. It brings you into the mind of a teenager, something which is very hard for all adults to do.

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