Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm - ADVISABLE

The Third Mushroom (Fourteenth Goldfish, #2) by Jennifer L. Holm, 220 pages.  Random House, 2018.  $17.  

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.  



Ellie loves science and she decides to partner with her grandpa for the middle school science fair.  Ellie’s grandpa, Melvin, looks like a teenager because of a science experiment he did on himself (more of that story in the Fourteenth Goldfish).  Melvin and Ellie discover an animal that can adapt and grow new body parts, and when Melvin tries it on himself it doesn’t have the predicted outcome.  There are lots of changes in Ellie’s life, so on top of navigating her grandpa’s crazy experiments she also must figure out her friendship with her best friend, Raj.  

This is a cute sequel to Ellie and Melvin’s adventures in the Fourteenth Goldfish.  Ellie is a likable character and the story line is creative, with a little bit of attempted romance between Ellie and Raj.  The end of the book has mini biographies on some of the better-known scientists.  If your readers enjoyed Fourteenth Goldfish, they will like this as well, but I recommend reading them in order.  

C. Peterson

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