Academic journal article Language Arts

The Fourteenth Goldfish: Believe in the Possible

Academic journal article Language Arts

The Fourteenth Goldfish: Believe in the Possible

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The Fourteenth Goldfish: Believe in the Impossible Possible Written by Jennifer L. Holm Random House, 2014, 195 pp., ISBN 978-0375-87064-4

Ellie comes from a theatre family where her mom is a drama teacher and her yet she prefers puzzles, scary films, and burritos. One day her mom returns home with a gawky teenage boy who seems very familiar-dressed in khaki polyester pants and tweed jacket. He turns out to be her 76-year-old grandfather! For 40 years, he has been obsessed with looking for a way to reverse senescence or aging. A scuba diver sends him an unusual jellyfish specimen that surprisingly turns him into an adolescent with pimples and long hair. To stay out of trouble, Grandpa Melvin returns to middle school with Ellie and becomes her after-school babysitter. He has a difficult time transitioning from scientist to eighth grader: he has to read science textbooks that do not reference him, and he is sent to detention because he forgets a hall pass. …

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