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The Third Mushroom

Cover: 'The Third Mushroom'

Staff Review: "The Third Mushroom" by Jennifer L. Holm


Ellie and her grandfather have become better friends since last year when her grandfather turned himself young again through a science experiment and attended Ellie’s middle school. In this sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, crusty teenage scientist (with two PhDs) Melvin Sagarsky returns.

Having her grandfather around has encouraged in Ellie a love for science. Yet what she discovers as his lab partner for the school science fair is far deeper than watching fruit flies sprout wings. “Failure is a part of experimentation,” Melvin says. You can always learn something from your mistakes. Although it may sound simple, this timely advice is just what Ellie needs to save her relationship with her best friend.

The book’s overall mood is light-hearted and fun, and it’s full of humorous situations: imagine going on a double date with your grandpa! But besides that, the many tender moments between Ellie and Melvin woven into this story make it stand out as an extraordinary work.

Audience: children, tweens | Genre: fiction

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