Middle Grade Review: The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm

The Third MushroomEllie’s grandpa Melvin is a world-renowned scientist . . . in the body of a fourteen-year-old boy. His feet stink, and he eats everything in the refrigerator–and Ellie is so happy to have him around. Grandpa may not exactly fit in at middle school, but he certainly keeps things interesting. When he and Ellie team up for the county science fair, no one realizes just how groundbreaking their experiment will be. The formula for eternal youth may be within their reach! And when Ellie’s cat, Jonas Salk, gets sick, the stakes become even higher. But is the key to eternal life really the key to happiness? Sometimes even the most careful experiments yield unexpected–and wonderful–results. (Goodreads review)

This was such a great follow-up to The Fourteenth Goldfish. We are following Ellie and her grandpa, Melvin, who is in the body of a 14 year old, as they navigate middle school and all that comes with it. When they team up for a science fair project, adventure ensues.

This book deals with grief and letting go, also, it deals with friendship, growing up, and really knowing oneself. Holm is great at discussing these topics with her intended audience in a way that has never come off as condescending or overly simple. I read this book in a matter of hours because I was so invested in the story and the characters. The depiction of the uncertainty of middle school age was so spot on. The awkwardness we all encounter during that time with family and dating.

I highly recommend this book as well as The Fourteenth Goldfish. I will continue to work my way through all of the books Holm has written because I love her style and I find her books relevant to the age demographic.

Have you read this book? What is your favorite book by Holm?  Let’s chat in the comments.

Much Love,
Tasha

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