The Fourteenth Goldfish

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Funny, sweet fountain-of-youth fantasy about growing wiser.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 9+


I bought this book from a book store bargain bin after seeing it in our school's LYRC section. I was not disappointed! The main character, Ellie, is a bright young lady who observes the world around her. When her grandfather shows up looking a bit "different" than she is used to, Ellie is swept away in a world of science and temptation. Throughout the book, Ellie uses her observations to make a series of choices. She learns from the less desirable ones, and makes a tough decision that could affect the future of the whole world. This book makes many references to historical figures, yet it relates to today's young reader. Children ages 8 and under might enjoy the book if they have an adult read it aloud, however, it is perfect for ages 9 and up.

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age 10+


This is a great book that teaches students and readers to be loyal and responsible. Although once a crime is committed in the story, the characters realize what they have done and they try to fix it. This is a great book to read and enjoy!!

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Great messages
Great role models

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