The Third Mushroom
"Believe in the unexpected" with this hilarious, heartwarming, and much-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Fourteenth Goldfish!Ellie's grandpa Melvin is a world-renowned scientist . . . in the body of a fourteen-year-old boy. His feet stink, and he eats everything in the refrigerator--and Ellie is so happy to have him around. Grandpa may not exactly fit in at middle school, but he certainly keeps things interesting. When he and Ellie team up for the county science fair, no one realizes just how groundbreaking their experiment will be. The formula for eternal youth may be within their reach! And when Ellie's cat, Jonas Salk, gets sick, the stakes become even higher. But is the key to eternal life really the key to happiness? Sometimes even the most careful experiments yield unexpected--and wonderful--results.

The Third Mushroom Details

TitleThe Third Mushroom
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fiction, Family, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Humor, Juvenile, Chapter Books

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The Third Mushroom Review

  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    Hey, Romance-reading friends! Jennifer Holm gets it. She has her middle school-aged protagonist read a collection of Harlequin/Silhouette novels left behind by her grandmother and not a single snarky, snobby comment is to be found. Thank you, Ms. Holm, for doing something so subtle and so important and so deeply appreciated by this Romance fan. You've sent the message that it's okay to enjoy Romance novels—not just for girls, but for guys, too. I know this was only a very, very small part of the Hey, Romance-reading friends! Jennifer Holm gets it. She has her middle school-aged protagonist read a collection of Harlequin/Silhouette novels left behind by her grandmother and not a single snarky, snobby comment is to be found. Thank you, Ms. Holm, for doing something so subtle and so important and so deeply appreciated by this Romance fan. You've sent the message that it's okay to enjoy Romance novels—not just for girls, but for guys, too. I know this was only a very, very small part of the book as a whole, but it's something that's seen so rarely that it left an inordinately large impression. THANK YOU.The book would have been five-stars for me, if it weren't for (view spoiler)[the death of Jonas. It was very realistically and compassionately portrayed, but I just couldn't deal with it, especially since if he had been an indoor cat, his particular accident could have been avoided. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Jenni Holm never disappoints. Her stories remind me of what it was like to be a kid, and they encourage me to be more aware of how I’m living my life as an adult. You need not read THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH before you read THE THIRD MUSHROOM, but your reading experience will be richer if you enjoy both books.
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  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    How exhilarating, Ellie is back and so is grandfather, and good friend Raj. Everyone has grown up a bit, yet Ellie is still passionate about doing science experiments with her grandfather. Raj finally asks her out on a date, this leads to a new turn in their friendship. This sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, is full of great humor, science, and of course the continued antics of Grandpa. Jenny Holm subtly portrays Ellie as slightly more mature, and growing stronger and wiser.
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  • Laura Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to @randomhousekids for the free book!.〰〰⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for this charming sequel to THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH, which is on our @dartmouthmiddleschool choice #summerreading list. What great timing for this book to come out in September 4! .〰〰I just love Ellie, Melvin and Raj so it’s fun to spend more time with them! THE THIRD MUSHROOM is funny, highly readable and sure to be a big hit with kids in grades 3-7, especially those that read the first book.Here’s what I love about this book:.📚 STEM! Elli Thanks to @randomhousekids for the free book!.〰️〰️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this charming sequel to THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH, which is on our @dartmouthmiddleschool choice #summerreading list. What great timing for this book to come out in September 4! .〰️〰️I just love Ellie, Melvin and Raj so it’s fun to spend more time with them! THE THIRD MUSHROOM is funny, highly readable and sure to be a big hit with kids in grades 3-7, especially those that read the first book.Here’s what I love about this book:.📚 STEM! Ellie and Melvin’s adventure is sure to spark the imagination of aspirational scientists. I also love how the end of the book includes their Gallery of Scientists with fun facts about each..📚 wonderful exploration of middle school relationships—if a boy and a girl are good friends, does that mean they should date? Raj and Ellie’s first date is fabulously awkward and cringe-y (as my Ss would say)..📚 The librarian character Mrs. Barrymore!!! Just read the book. 🤗.〰️〰️Ellie and her grandpa Melvin (famous scientist in a 14 yo body) are back and entering the county science fair. Their fruit fly experiment is wildly successful, but in the end the results are not what they expected. .〰️〰️#bookstagram #book #reading #bibliophile #bookworm #bookaholic #booknerd #bookgram #librarian #librariansfollowlibrarians #librariansofinstagram #booklove #booktography #bookstagramfeature #bookish #bookaddict #booknerdigans #booknerd #ilovereading #instabook #futurereadylibs #ISTElibs #TLChat #mgbooks
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    So, yeah, I adored The Fourteenth Goldfish ("TFG") when I read an ARC back in 2014 when it came out. I didn’t know at the time that there would be a follow-up, and honestly don’t know if the author intended to write one at that time, but when I saw recently that The Third Mushroom ("TTM") was forthcoming, I jumped at the chance to participate in this tour. I swear that Jennifer Holm has some sort of magic in her that allows her to maintain her childlike sense of wonder and delight, and she has t So, yeah, I adored The Fourteenth Goldfish ("TFG") when I read an ARC back in 2014 when it came out. I didn’t know at the time that there would be a follow-up, and honestly don’t know if the author intended to write one at that time, but when I saw recently that The Third Mushroom ("TTM") was forthcoming, I jumped at the chance to participate in this tour. I swear that Jennifer Holm has some sort of magic in her that allows her to maintain her childlike sense of wonder and delight, and she has this crazy ability to sound exactly like a 13- or 14-year-old girl! I volunteer in my son’s elementary school library and have for the past five years, so when I read TFG I immediately suggested they buy it. In the years since then, I have recommended it to dozens of 4th and 5th graders, and I’ve never heard from one of them that they didn’t enjoy it. It’s somewhat of an easy sell once you make sure the kids know it’s by the author of Babymouse and Squish! It’s also currently on this year’s Elementary Battle of the Books list in my state (and of course Turtle in Paradise has been used multiple times), which made me inordinately happy.So, you can see how I was pretty darn excited to read The Third Mushroom, and I have to say it was an absolute delight to be back with Ellie and Melvin (aka, Mellie)! I think I liked this even more than TFG, to be honest. We get the joy of waching Ellie and Melvin undertake science experiments, and we are introduced to some absolute rockstars of science. We get to see how close Ellie and Raj have become, and to see if they become even closer (yes, it’s a tease!). We get to experience Ellie’s first flutters of romantic feelings, including reading old Harlequin novels (hello, young me!). Most importantly, TTM helps teach the incredible lesson that failure is not just okay, it’s an integral part of our development as humans. This is not just an important lesson of science, but one all of us should learn and pass on. I have a perfectionist 10-year-old who hates to get or do something wrong, to disappoint any adult, to “fail” at something–so this is a lesson my husband and I have tried to instill in him (it’s still a work in progress, to be sure). It helps that my husband is himself a PhD chemist, so he’s able to give real-life examples of how his “failures” in the lab actually result in better experiments and better science. That’s exactly what we see in TTM, and it’s a lesson Ellie–like all of us–has to learn the hard way: by failing!I would highly recommend this for any kid from about 4th through 7th grade, possibly even younger or older depending on skill level and interest. I would especially recommend this for those who, like my son, are perfectionists and feel that failing at a task somehow means they’ve failed as a person. I have enjoyed pushing TFG into the hands of young girls particularly, and I will do the same with TTM, so that they can see themselves as being just as capable of doing (and loving) science as Ellie is. Both books are just so enjoyable, playful yet also teaching important lessons, that it’s hard to imagine a kid for whom this wouldn’t be a good fit, to be honest. And really, all you have to do is say, “It’s by the author of Babymouse! Doesn’t that sound awesome?” It works, I promise ;) Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours, Jennifer Holm, and Random House Kids for letting me take part in this blog tour for the utterly delightful The Third Mushroom!Rating: 4 stars (probably seen in the night sky by William Herschel!)**Disclosure: I received an early e-copy of this boo from the publisher for purposes of this blog tour. This review is voluntary and reflects my honest rating and thoughts on the book.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Netgalley.comEllie's grandfather Melvin, who turned himself into a teenager in The Fourteenth Goldfish, has gotten tired of traveling and has returned home. He's antsy, not being able to drive, and not having fun with "the Puberty" since he is always tired, hungry, and can't tell everyone he has TWO PhDs. To make him happy, Ellie convinces him to join her in a science fair project, which gets him into the new science labs. Experimenting on fruit flies with a specimen of an axolotl tha E ARC from Netgalley.comEllie's grandfather Melvin, who turned himself into a teenager in The Fourteenth Goldfish, has gotten tired of traveling and has returned home. He's antsy, not being able to drive, and not having fun with "the Puberty" since he is always tired, hungry, and can't tell everyone he has TWO PhDs. To make him happy, Ellie convinces him to join her in a science fair project, which gets him into the new science labs. Experimenting on fruit flies with a specimen of an axolotl that seems to have grown two more legs. Will feeding bits of the animal to the fruit flies cause them to regenerate? In the meantime, Ellie has to deal with her mother, who is a drama teacher busy with plays, and her stepfather, who designs video games, and also visit with her father. Her best friend, Raj, (who knows the truth about Melvin) starts to look more attractive to Ellie, and the two go on a movie date, which doesn't go well, and Ellie has to realize that they are really better off as friends. Her former best friend, Brianna, is friendlier to her than she has been, which is a nice surprise. Sadly, not all changes are good ones, and when Ellie's cat Jonas is hit by a car, she and her grandfather are not able to save him. Even though the science fair doesn't go very well, the experiment with the axolotl has some unexpected consequences.Strengths: The characters are delightful and wonderfully nuanced. Ellie has a lot to deal with, but does really well... most of the time. She becomes sidelined by the sort of things that can happen to many middle school students-- friend trouble, boy trouble, and the death of a pet. These are all real concerns that can be devastating to young readers and should be treated as serious. I liked that the mother was around and concerned but also had her own life. Melvin... Melvin is great. His budding romance with the local librarian made me cry! The science fair is a nice touch, and it's great to see an author want to write a STEM book because it speaks to her. Weaknesses: The death of Jonas was handled well EXCEPT it was a bit odd that we don't know quite what happened. Was he hit by a car. I realize that this was so that they could inject him with the axolotl and have some hope, but it somehow bothered me. What I really think: I really enjoyed both of these books, but after reading this one, it occurred to me that one of my reluctant readers had the first one checked out for a REALLY long time, and I have to admit that they are a tiny bit slow. I'm definitely purchasing, but not handing to any super reluctant readers. I know that Holm is better known for Babymouse and Sunny Side Up, but I always love her middle grade fiction. Boston Jane! Great stuff.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Ellie and Melvin are back in this followup to The Fourteenth Goldfish. Melvin has been on the road for the past year and tired of it. He is also tired of "the puberty". So he and Ellie team up for the science fair. They have an axolotl that seems to have extra appendages so they feed bits of it to fruit flies to see what happens. Of course Melvin also experiments on himself. Ellie is also dealing with the fact that her mom has remarried and her budding feelings for her best friend Raj. Should th Ellie and Melvin are back in this followup to The Fourteenth Goldfish. Melvin has been on the road for the past year and tired of it. He is also tired of "the puberty". So he and Ellie team up for the science fair. They have an axolotl that seems to have extra appendages so they feed bits of it to fruit flies to see what happens. Of course Melvin also experiments on himself. Ellie is also dealing with the fact that her mom has remarried and her budding feelings for her best friend Raj. Should they become more than friends? When her cat Jonas gets sick, she and Melvin try to revive him with the axolotl to no avail. But is the axolotl having an affect on Melvin? It was wonderful to revisit these characters. Melvin was just as awesome as the first time around and I truly enjoyed his budding romance with the school librarian and his angst about the puberty. I thought Ellie's situations were extremely realistic with maybe having feelings for a boy friend and resuming her friendship with an old friend. Things change in middle school. The part that really got me was the death of Jonas since I just recently went through the very same thing with my cat. That part seemed extremely realistic to me.
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  • Kasey Giard
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fun book! After reading The Fourteenth Goldfish, I knew I had to read this sequel with more of Ellie and her grandfather's zany adventures. This book made me laugh and it made me cry. (There's a pretty sad part about 3/4 of the way through the story.) I loved the way it showed Ellie's shifting relationships with her friends and family, which is so much of what I remember about middle school.I also enjoyed the way the story celebrated science and scientific discoveries. A fantastic, quick Such a fun book! After reading The Fourteenth Goldfish, I knew I had to read this sequel with more of Ellie and her grandfather's zany adventures. This book made me laugh and it made me cry. (There's a pretty sad part about 3/4 of the way through the story.) I loved the way it showed Ellie's shifting relationships with her friends and family, which is so much of what I remember about middle school.I also enjoyed the way the story celebrated science and scientific discoveries. A fantastic, quick read.
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  • Theresa Grissom
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.Having loved The Fourteenth Goldfish, I was very excited to learn there was a sequel. I forgot how much I missed Melvin and Ellie! This is a heartwarming book of friendship and discovery. I have a feeling this will be a huge hit in my elementary school. A very quick and easy read since I could not put it down. This one is a winner!
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    NOTE: I received an ARC of The Third Mushroom through a book group in exchange for my honest review.A charming sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, The Third Mushroom sees Ellie, Raj, and Melvin back for a new adventure, and scientific discovery, of course. I love the celebration of friendship and science that Holm weaves into the story and I was impressed by the book's emotional impact as well.A definite recommendation for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish and I recommend both books be included in NOTE: I received an ARC of The Third Mushroom through a book group in exchange for my honest review.A charming sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, The Third Mushroom sees Ellie, Raj, and Melvin back for a new adventure, and scientific discovery, of course. I love the celebration of friendship and science that Holm weaves into the story and I was impressed by the book's emotional impact as well.A definite recommendation for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish and I recommend both books be included in middle grade libraries. ...I wonder if we'll see more of Ellie, Raj and Melvin?
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  • Vikki VanSickle
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful follow-up to one of my faves, The Fourteenth Goldfish. Melvin is back, Ellie has a cat, possibly a crush, and a new science partner. Holm touches on puberty in the lightest, most accessible of ways, and provides a great read for kids not interested in too much romance. Her relationships feel fully-formed and realistic, just right for grade 4-6 readers.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you @randomhouse for an ARC is this novel. I’ma huge fan of Jennifer Holms and this sequel lives up to my expectations. The messages about friendships, aging, grief and science are so humanly real and middle grade authentic.
  • Michele Knott
    January 1, 1970
    Holm always writes books that her audience loves reading. Fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish will not be disappointed.
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Another great mg title from Jennifer Holm that weaves in great science topics.
  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Nice follow up to "fourteenth goldfish" Grandpa is back and helping Ellie with a science project.There is humor, sadness, and fun in this story. You don't have to read the first one, but it would help.
  • michelle
    January 1, 1970
    * Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a DRC of this book. All opinions are my own.Life isn't a Hollywood movie. That's one of the many things that Ellie learns in The Third Mushroom, an incredibly satisfying sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish. In this book, which I finished in under 24 hours, we watch as Ellie experiments with her first romantic relationship, works on a science fair project with her grandfather, and realizes that having someone who shares memories with you is important. * Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a DRC of this book. All opinions are my own.Life isn't a Hollywood movie. That's one of the many things that Ellie learns in The Third Mushroom, an incredibly satisfying sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish. In this book, which I finished in under 24 hours, we watch as Ellie experiments with her first romantic relationship, works on a science fair project with her grandfather, and realizes that having someone who shares memories with you is important. It is useful to have read The Fourteenth Goldfish, but it can be read without that background knowledge.
Ellie's grandfather, Melvin, is a scientist with 2 PhD's and appears to be about 14 even though he is really in his 70s. After The Fourteenth Goldfish, Melvin had decided to travel, but has tired of it. He slips easily back into his life with Ellie and her mom, but a little less easily into middle school. His being back does help Ellie enter the science fair though. After looking at a specimen of Melvin's that turns out to be an axolotl with extra legs, they grow fruit flies to see if something in the axolotl causes the growth. When they see their experiment starting to work, Melvin also injects himself with some of the axolotl in the hopes to grow back a tooth. Of course it doesn't do that, but there are other consequences.
At the same time, the Third Mushroom is very much about friendship. Ellie is having to navigate the waters of the possibility that her relationship with her best friend, Raj, might be turning into something more, and she isn't sure how she feels about that. The awkwardness of that possible change pushes her back into a friendship with Brianna, who used to be her best friend until they hit 6th grade and everything changed. Ellie realizes how nice it is to have memories with someone. Even Melvin learns how vital it is to be able to have someone to share memories with, even if they are just general memories of the way things were when he was a teenager.
Jennifer L. Holm did it again with this book. The Third Mushroom is a great book that takes on interesting topics, even scientific ones. Anyone who enjoyed the Fourteenth Goldfish will definitely want to pick this one up as well.

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  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    January 1, 1970
    The Third Mushroom really surpassed my expectations. I had enjoyed The Fourteenth Goldfish, though I had a few issues with it, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the second installment. I am so pleased with how this one turned out!This sequel carries on a little bit after the first book ends, and expounds on the themes previous brought forth. We see more focus on friendships and their changes, what it means to live life, what it means to be family, and the importance of experimenting (b The Third Mushroom really surpassed my expectations. I had enjoyed The Fourteenth Goldfish, though I had a few issues with it, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the second installment. I am so pleased with how this one turned out!This sequel carries on a little bit after the first book ends, and expounds on the themes previous brought forth. We see more focus on friendships and their changes, what it means to live life, what it means to be family, and the importance of experimenting (both in life & in science). I think one of the best things about this book was its focus on changes and relationships. Friendships evolve and shift over time and people change. I love that it goes over the beauty of keeping a friendship as it is, as I think there is sometimes a little too much focus on pairing up in YA. I’m glad that there are middle-grade novels that embrace the normal friendships and let kids know there isn’t a need to rush off and find a soul mate anytime soon. There are a few moments as well where the focus returns to what it means to live and as a result how to deal with death, and those somber moments were really appreciated. And of course there is the science! I love seeing a young girl super interested in the sciences and even willing to get her hands dirty if need be.Ellie has really matured in this one after her first long-term encounter with Melvin, she’s more comfortable in her skin at middle school and more comfortable asking questions. Her friendship with her grandfather really works well in this one too. Melvin isn’t as prickly as he was previously though he still has his moments, there are plenty of moments where we learn more about his life outside of the laboratory. He softens a bit and actually becomes far more likable. I love that the lessons they both learn individually are shared between them and that they have such a wonderful desire to see the other one happy and successful.Overall, I think that The Third Mushroom was a really cute book with some great themes & ideas. The science is always a delight and I enjoyed seeing our MC really step out of her comfort zone and try new things. I think if you or a young person you know enjoyed the first book, then this is definitely one to pick up!I received this for review purposes, all opinions are my own.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade science fiction novel. I really enjoyed read The Fourteenth Goldfish several years ago, and so I was eager to get my hands on this sequel. In the first book, eleven-year-old Ellie is dealing with all of the changes in her social and academic life that come with adolescence when she discovers that her grandfather has somehow transformed himself into a teenage boy.In this follow-up novel, Melvin (her teenage grandfather) ha I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade science fiction novel. I really enjoyed read The Fourteenth Goldfish several years ago, and so I was eager to get my hands on this sequel. In the first book, eleven-year-old Ellie is dealing with all of the changes in her social and academic life that come with adolescence when she discovers that her grandfather has somehow transformed himself into a teenage boy.In this follow-up novel, Melvin (her teenage grandfather) has returned to the Bay area to live with Ellie’s family. Attending middle school as her cousin, Melvin is able to get back into the science lab to do his own research while helping Ellie with her science fair project. Ellie needs extra credit in science and having a lab partner who also has two PhDs will certainly help. In addition to the science fair project, Ellie is also experimenting in other areas of her life: dating a person vs just being friends, rekindling friendships from the past, and whether she can ever learn to like mushrooms.This is a fun book to read and I think it will appeal to middle grade students who are starting to notice similar changes in their own lives. The book digs deeper into Ellie’s relationship with her grandfather, which has become closer since they’ve been spending this time together as teenagers. I like that she gets this different perspective into his life and feelings. There are some cute moments, though, as the age difference shows itself in their tastes in music, cars, and modern technology. And, as before, I think it’s great to have a female main character that is interested in science. She also has a friend who is on the school’s chess team. This book has a lot of good messages without being too heavy for young readers.
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Interest Level: 3-6Imagine that your grandfather is in the body of a fourteen-year-old boy and goes to the same middle school as you do. How would you react? Well, Ellie actually loves spending time with her grandfather. And them being in the same school is a bonus when they get to work together on the county science fair project. In The Fourteenth Goldfish Ellie's grandfather, Melvin, discovered how to reverse time and become a teenager again. In The Third Mushroom, they stumble upon a way to g Interest Level: 3-6Imagine that your grandfather is in the body of a fourteen-year-old boy and goes to the same middle school as you do. How would you react? Well, Ellie actually loves spending time with her grandfather. And them being in the same school is a bonus when they get to work together on the county science fair project. In The Fourteenth Goldfish Ellie's grandfather, Melvin, discovered how to reverse time and become a teenager again. In The Third Mushroom, they stumble upon a way to grow missing body parts. Will this win them the science fair? Will Melvin stay in a teenage body forever? And what about middle school life? Can Ellie navigate friends, boyfriends, and a grandfather all at the same time? Read this fun and enjoyable book from Jennifer L. Holm!Follow me:Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.weebly.com/Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibra...Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibr...Twitter - https://twitter.com/lauriepurser27Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2...
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  • Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an ARC copy from the publisher. This does not affect my review.*Oh! It's been a long time since I read middle-grade fiction, and it was such a pleasure to slip back into it with this wonderful duology! (Okay, so both books can be read as stand-alones, but I definitely recommend reading both, as you'll miss a lot of the small things that make a story.) I'll admit, until recently, I never heard of this series, or this author. That, and the fact that this book is a Contemporary set in t *I received an ARC copy from the publisher. This does not affect my review.*Oh! It's been a long time since I read middle-grade fiction, and it was such a pleasure to slip back into it with this wonderful duology! (Okay, so both books can be read as stand-alones, but I definitely recommend reading both, as you'll miss a lot of the small things that make a story.) I'll admit, until recently, I never heard of this series, or this author. That, and the fact that this book is a Contemporary set in the real world, with a sci-fi twist, I was hesitant to read this one. That said, I quickly found myself drawn into the first book, and by the time I was ready for this one, I was excited to get started! Plus I read it in one day! (A perk of MG fiction! ;D)I loved how this one was more...unexpected and dared to ask the hard questions that the first book strayed away from. There was a lot of character growth in this one, for all the characters involved really. This is a book about so many important topics; growing-up and growing old, to be friends or maybe something more, science, humor, and most of all discovery. Finding answers in everyday life.
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  • Cara
    January 1, 1970
    This had everything that I loved about The Fourteenth Goldfish. Ellie, Raj, Melvin, and Brianna all play a big part in this one. Melvin is back from his travels, and moves back in with Ellie and her mom. Things have changed; Ben moved in, Ellie got a cat, and Raj and Ellie are best friends. Having Melvin back is awesome for Ellie. She really missed having him around. When Mr. Ham announces a science fair, Ellie wants to sign up and work with Melvin on science again. This book was less about scie This had everything that I loved about The Fourteenth Goldfish. Ellie, Raj, Melvin, and Brianna all play a big part in this one. Melvin is back from his travels, and moves back in with Ellie and her mom. Things have changed; Ben moved in, Ellie got a cat, and Raj and Ellie are best friends. Having Melvin back is awesome for Ellie. She really missed having him around. When Mr. Ham announces a science fair, Ellie wants to sign up and work with Melvin on science again. This book was less about science and more about life while still introducing the reader to more scientists. I loved the list of scientists at the end. That was really cool.I can't wait to share this with my book clubs that have read The Fourteenth Goldfish. Every year that we read it they ask if there is a sequel, and now I can finally say yes!!
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  • Emma Bozarth
    January 1, 1970
    It was a cute, lovable story with the cat-adoring Ellie, her grouchy grandpa and her best friend Raj. All in all, it was okay. Personally, I don't think it's the best work of Jennifer Holm. I think Boston Jane and a few others are better. The plot wasn't really there, and I thought the parts where Ellie's grandpa regrows his appendix, turns old and starts dating Ellie's middle school librarian were too unrealistic for me. But that's just my opinion. It was nice, all in all three or four stars. A It was a cute, lovable story with the cat-adoring Ellie, her grouchy grandpa and her best friend Raj. All in all, it was okay. Personally, I don't think it's the best work of Jennifer Holm. I think Boston Jane and a few others are better. The plot wasn't really there, and I thought the parts where Ellie's grandpa regrows his appendix, turns old and starts dating Ellie's middle school librarian were too unrealistic for me. But that's just my opinion. It was nice, all in all three or four stars. After I read the book, I got the feeling that it wasn't really one story, but a lot of short stories tied together by the same plot. Good story for in between, but not really the kind of book you stay up late reading for
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    “Middle school is like jail: the food is terrible, you’re forced to exercise, and it’s the same boring routine every day. Mostly it’s the buildings that make you feel like a prisoner. There’s no color, no style, and everything smells like dirty socks.”Ellie and Melvin are back! And once again, Ellie is going to school with her own grandfather, Melvin, who looks like a middle school student but is acts like a much older man. It can be very embarrassing ... but there are some advantages, as well. “Middle school is like jail: the food is terrible, you’re forced to exercise, and it’s the same boring routine every day. Mostly it’s the buildings that make you feel like a prisoner. There’s no color, no style, and everything smells like dirty socks.”Ellie and Melvin are back! And once again, Ellie is going to school with her own grandfather, Melvin, who looks like a middle school student but is acts like a much older man. It can be very embarrassing ... but there are some advantages, as well. For instance, doing a science fair project with a man who has two PhDs can be very educational.But, going on a double date with him isn’t quite as fun. And maybe Ellie going on a date with Raj wasn’t such a good idea, either. It’s a good way to mess up a good friendship.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Read an e-arc from Netgalley.A sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, in which Ellie's grandfather Melvin used science to turn back time and become a 14 year old boy again.Melvin returns, and The Puberty is hitting him hard, what with being hungry and tired, and yes smelly, all the time.Ellie and her best friend Raj try a date.Ellie and her former best friend are talking again.Ellie and Melvin enter the science fair, experimenting on fruit flies with the axolotl Melvin has in the freezer.The Jonas s Read an e-arc from Netgalley.A sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, in which Ellie's grandfather Melvin used science to turn back time and become a 14 year old boy again.Melvin returns, and The Puberty is hitting him hard, what with being hungry and tired, and yes smelly, all the time.Ellie and her best friend Raj try a date.Ellie and her former best friend are talking again.Ellie and Melvin enter the science fair, experimenting on fruit flies with the axolotl Melvin has in the freezer.The Jonas storyline came out of nowhere, but it does in life as well.One does not need to read the previous book, but it would help explain why Melvin, with his 2 PHDs, is only 14 years old.
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  • Jordan Caldwell
    January 1, 1970
    What a great book! I’m so happy I was given an advance copy—now I know I can use it for my Mock Newbery book club.The characters were so enjoyable—I giggled so many times and know my students will enjoy them as well! I also like that this book didn’t have the main character going “boy crazy”; instead she was focused on science. Science with girls is such an under-written about topic; this book is so important to keep the conversations about girls in science moving forward. Thank you to NetGalley What a great book! I’m so happy I was given an advance copy—now I know I can use it for my Mock Newbery book club.The characters were so enjoyable—I giggled so many times and know my students will enjoy them as well! I also like that this book didn’t have the main character going “boy crazy”; instead she was focused on science. Science with girls is such an under-written about topic; this book is so important to keep the conversations about girls in science moving forward. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Random House, for the opportunity! I’m so excited to see this one in my classroom.
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  • Debbie Tanner
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sequel to the Fourteenth Goldfish and it picks up with the same characters. If you haven't read the first one, you might be a little confused, but it won't last long because Holm's storytelling is so good. The story is about Ellie who lives with her mom (and now her stepdad) and is navigating the perils of middle school. Her grandfather turns up (he's still a grumpy old man in the body of a 14 year old boy) and they decide to do a science fair project together. It has really wonderful This is a sequel to the Fourteenth Goldfish and it picks up with the same characters. If you haven't read the first one, you might be a little confused, but it won't last long because Holm's storytelling is so good. The story is about Ellie who lives with her mom (and now her stepdad) and is navigating the perils of middle school. Her grandfather turns up (he's still a grumpy old man in the body of a 14 year old boy) and they decide to do a science fair project together. It has really wonderful themes of friendship (and how they change), romance, and the awesomeness of science. This will be a great addition to our library!
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  • Ms. B
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story about Ellie and her ups and downs in middle school. Ellie is interested in all things science and pairs up with her scientist Grandpa (who is now in the body of a fourteen year-old as the result of a science experiment from the last book The Fourteenth Goldfish and has aged backwards) for the science fair. (view spoiler)[She also has a crush on her best friend Raj and must deal with the death of her beloved cat Raj. (hide spoiler)]With short chapters that make this accessible I loved this story about Ellie and her ups and downs in middle school. Ellie is interested in all things science and pairs up with her scientist Grandpa (who is now in the body of a fourteen year-old as the result of a science experiment from the last book The Fourteenth Goldfish and has aged backwards) for the science fair. (view spoiler)[She also has a crush on her best friend Raj and must deal with the death of her beloved cat Raj. (hide spoiler)]With short chapters that make this accessible for all readers, what's not to love?This book was provided to me for free through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Christen
    January 1, 1970
    I love these books by this author. I love how she weaves science and relationship into a crazy, entertaining story. I could read this to a small child, because there is no objectionable content in it. This book includes the protagonist going on a date with her best friend and deciding they should stay best friends. And the protagonist learning that renewing friendships is super! The grandfather swoops in to help with the science, but also helps with the relationship stuff too. This book made me I love these books by this author. I love how she weaves science and relationship into a crazy, entertaining story. I could read this to a small child, because there is no objectionable content in it. This book includes the protagonist going on a date with her best friend and deciding they should stay best friends. And the protagonist learning that renewing friendships is super! The grandfather swoops in to help with the science, but also helps with the relationship stuff too. This book made me smile.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Ellie is in seventh grade and is making her way through Middle School, she has a new best friend, Raj, who she shares BBQ potato chips with at lunch. She misses the type of friendship she had with Brianna in grade school, but seems to have found her niche. But then Melvin returns. Melvin is her grandfather, a scientist with two PhDs, but after an experiment caused him to reverse in age, he is now a fifteen year old and is back in Middle School pretending to be Ellie’s cousin. What will happen wh Ellie is in seventh grade and is making her way through Middle School, she has a new best friend, Raj, who she shares BBQ potato chips with at lunch. She misses the type of friendship she had with Brianna in grade school, but seems to have found her niche. But then Melvin returns. Melvin is her grandfather, a scientist with two PhDs, but after an experiment caused him to reverse in age, he is now a fifteen year old and is back in Middle School pretending to be Ellie’s cousin. What will happen when Ellie and Melvin team up for the science fair?I received an ARC of this title.
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  • Amber Webb
    January 1, 1970
    Jenni Holm has a gift for thinking up some crazy situations and The Third Mushroom does not disappoint! Ellie has quite an interesting life with her Mom, Stepdad, Grandpa/Cousin, Dad and friends. But always by her side is her favorite cat, Jonas. The story is told through the lens of science and always giving things a try because what if you fail or what if you don't? Really great messages throughout the book while being entertaining and uplifting.Third Mushroom was a quick read and something th Jenni Holm has a gift for thinking up some crazy situations and The Third Mushroom does not disappoint! Ellie has quite an interesting life with her Mom, Stepdad, Grandpa/Cousin, Dad and friends. But always by her side is her favorite cat, Jonas. The story is told through the lens of science and always giving things a try because what if you fail or what if you don't? Really great messages throughout the book while being entertaining and uplifting.Third Mushroom was a quick read and something that will be easily accessible for many readers.
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