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Required Reading: The Fourteenth Goldfish

Stria Staff January 14, 2019
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The book was recommended by Andrea J. Fonte Weaver is Founder & Executive Director of Bridges Together. Read her essay for Stria.

This is a quick read with lots to think about! While this book is written for tweens (10-12 year olds), it provides us with the opportunity to ponder whether or not we would truly want to stop aging and live forever…  In journeying with the characters, we have the opportunity to reflect on the relationships we have and we’ve had throughout our lives – in our families and with our friends. At the heart of this book is the beautiful, rich, complex relationship between a grandfather and granddaughter. Use this gem as a jumping off point for a work meeting, in a book club, or to read-along with young people in your life. 

Andrea J. Fonte Weaver

The Fourteenth Goldfish
By Jennifer L. Holm

Believe in the possible . . . with this New York Times bestseller by 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 gawky teenager really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth? (from the publisher)

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