I actually received this book quite some time ago but just found it in my kindle the other night. Some of the reviews popped up into my reader and they seemed favorable so why not. Insomnia had come for a visit so it wasn’t like I had anything better to do for a few hours?
I don’t usually thank insomnia for stopping by, but this time I can see it was a good thing.
I liked this book a lot.
Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer. Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?
Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this gawky teenager really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth? …
Ellie and her grandpa were a fun duo because it seemed they would be unlikely friends. Turns out grandpa was just what Ellie needed to find her own path.
This was a warm, engaging book with some great basic historical references to science sprinkled in. I loved the characters, the plot, and how Ellie found her love of science. I also liked how it explored the idea of changes in friendship and in what we know.
It didn’t hurt that Melvin reminded me a little bit of what I remember of my grandpa…even though I doubt he would have been looking for the fountain of youth.
It was short for an adult, but I can imagine its perfect for it’s target audience (grades 3-7 )
Is this something you’d read? Why or why not.