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Believe in the possible with this brilliantly quirky, thought-provoking novel from New York Times bestseller, three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm

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 pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality … and possibility.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Warm, witty, and wise.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Publishers Weekly starred review, May 26, 2014:
    “This is top-notch middle-grade fiction with a meaty dilemma, humor, and an ending that leaves room for the possibility of a sequel. “
  • Booklist starred review, July 1, 2014:
    "A great choice for book groups and class discussions as well as individual reading."
  • New York Times Books Review, August 24, 2014:
  • Youth, old age, life, death, love, possibilities, and – oh yes – goldfish all come together in this warm, witty and wise novel.”
  • The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, September 2014:
  • Holm’s writing is crisp, accessible, and well paced, and her enthusiasm for science and its impact emerges clearly and consistently but not overbearingly, with clear, appreciative nods to the world of theater and its purpose in our lives. Indeed, this novel explores weighty elements of human existence with a light touch, allowing readers to engage with the issues at multiple levels; an excellent appendix of recommended readings encourages exploration and dialogue. This novel would make an ideal classroom read aloud, particularly to expose students to the rich and rewarding STEM fields."
  • “Though the subject matter has a lot of intellectual heft, the writing has Holm’s ever-present light touch…This is top-notch middle-grade fiction with a meaty dilemma, humor, and an ending that leaves room for the possibility of a sequel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Written in a clean, crisp style, with lively dialogue and wit, this highly accessible novel will find a ready audience.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “With humor and heart, Holm has crafted a story about life, family, and finding one’s passion that will appeal to readers willing to imagine the possible.”

    School Library Jounal

  • “What would it be like if your grandfather turned up in your house as a thirteen-year-old boy? For sixth-grader Ellie, this leads to a recognition of the importance of the cycle of life and the discovery of her own passion for science…Appealing and thought provoking, with an ending that suggests endless possibilities.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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