28 July 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish; Jennifer L. Holm

The Fourteenth GoldfishThe Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great book for the girl who is just a little different, but not in the artsy/quirky way. Unlike her drama teacher mom, Ellie isn't convinced that being a theatre geek is for her - she doesn't know what is for her until her suddenly-12-again grandfather moves in and introduces her to science. As she moves away from her younger self, and former BFF, towards a better idea of who she is, what she wants to do, and how to make friends, Ellie changes in ways that are very real for her age.

There's great humor here, as well as a gentle insertion of scientific principles (the fruit/seed discussion, for example) that may encourage girls to explore a "boy interest". The best part is that there isn't a heavy-handed "STEM is good for girls, too" message. Bonus: boys and girls can be friends!

ARC provided by publisher.

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