Holm, Jennifer L.
her mother picks her grandfather up from jail, Ellie’s
sixth grade year takes a drastic turn. Her grandfather
is a scientist and, in his latest experiment, has
discovered the fountain of youth. He is now a teenage
version of himself and will be attending her middle
school! How will she survive having her
cantankerous grandfather at school every day? Is
the world ready for this scientific breakthrough?
(Booktalk by Pennsylvania
Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
Eternal youth is not as
glamorous as it may seem. Eleven-year old Ellie
discovers this first-hand when her scientist grandfather
moves into the house with her and her mother… in a
thirteen-year old body. The very last thing Ellie needs
when she’s already dealing with a distant friend and
parents whose interests seem so different from her own
is her grandfather attending the same middle school.
Nonetheless, she must add this to her list of worries in
this story that is ultimately one of humor, family,
friendship, and finding one’s passion. (Booktalk by the Louisiana
Young Readers' Choice Committee)
Eleven-year-old Ellie is
going about her everyday middle school life when her
mother is called to pick up her scientist grandfather
from the police station. Instead of coming home with her
76- year-old grandfather Melvin, Ellie's mom returns
with a thirteen-year-old boy with the same curmudgeonly
attitude as Melvin. We soon learn that Melvin has
discovered a way to reverse the aging process and was
able to return his body to that of his teenage self.
However, his mind and memories of his entire life are
still present. He dresses in his favorite polyester
pants and tie and still lectures Ellie’s mom about
everything from her longtime boyfriend to when to put
out the trash. Melvin attends school with Ellie and
begins to scheme ways to get back into his lab to resume
work on his experiment. As Ellie and Melvin spend more
time together, he teaches her about famous scientists
like Salk, Galileo, Oppenheimer, Curie, Pasteur, Newton
and Einstein. Ellie becomes interested in the sciences,
but begins to question whether the work and their
contributions to the world are always for the best.
Ultimately, she comes to believe that the best of
science is the belief and search for what may be
Canfield Fisher Book Award DCF 2015 - 2016)
Ellie has just started middle school and things aren’t
going so well. She feels like she is losing her best
friend, and she just wants everything to go back to the
way it was before. Just when she thinks it can’t get
worse, Ellie’s scientist grandfather Melvin turns
himself into a teenager during an experiment and moves
in with Ellie and her mom. Now it’s up to Ellie and her
new friend Raj to help Melvin get back in his lab to
retrieve the experiment before it ends up in the wrong
hands. But first they’ll have to find someone old enough
to drive!(Oklahoma Sequoyah
This book is excellent because it blends science fiction with elements of realistic fiction. Ellie is a likeable character and readers will love the relationship that develops between her and her now-young grandfather, Melvin! This book is witty and amusing and makes science fiction accessible to both girls and boys. (Prepared by: Brittany Shay, Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, Lexington 2 Schools, firstname.lastname@example.org, South Carolina Book Awards, 2017)
Family life -- Fiction.
Grandfathers -- Fiction.
Scientists -- Fiction.