Parents' Guide to

The Third Mushroom

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Charming sequel reminds kids to be open to new experiences.

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Fans of Book 1 in this series will love this hilarious and charming sequel. In The Fourteenth Goldfish, author Jennifer L. Holm once again brilliantly packs engaging, kid-friendly tidbits about influential scientists with tons of relatable middle school issues such as puberty and awkward first dates. Readers, even those who haven't read The Fourteenth Goldfish, will love Ellie and Melvin's shared passion for science and appreciate how they learn to embrace the changes in their lives. Holm delicately depicts the loss of a beloved pet as well as Melvin's loneliness, before offering a satisfying and heartwarming conclusion that will leave readers smiling.

Change can be scary and often unpredictable, especially in middle school, but The Third Mushroom shows kids that trying new things can lead to unexpected happiness.

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