The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm

The Third Mushroom

"Believe in the unexpected" with this hilarious, heartwarming, and much-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Fourteenth Goldfish!Ellie'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 a...

Details The Third Mushroom

TitleThe Third Mushroom
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Third Mushroom

  • Billie
    Hey, Romance-reading friends! Jennifer Holm gets it. She has her middle school-aged protagonist read a collection of Harlequin/Silhouette novels left behind by her grandmother and not a single snarky, snobby comment is to be found. Thank you, Ms. Holm, for doing something so subtle and so important and so deeply appreciated by this Romance fan. You've sent the message that it's okay to enjoy Romance novels—not just for girls, but for guys, too....
  • Janet
    Jenni Holm never disappoints. Her stories remind me of what it was like to be a kid, and they encourage me to be more aware of how I’m living my life as an adult. You need not read THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH before you read THE THIRD MUSHROOM, but your reading experience will be richer if you enjoy both books.
  • Martha
    How exhilarating, Ellie is back and so is grandfather, and good friend Raj. Everyone has grown up a bit, yet Ellie is still passionate about doing science experiments with her grandfather. Raj finally asks her out on a date, this leads to a new turn in their friendship. This sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, is full of great humor, science, and of course the continued antics of Grandpa. Jenny Holm subtly portrays Ellie as slightly more mature, a...
  • Laura Gardner
    Thanks to @randomhousekids for the free book!.〰〰⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for this charming sequel to THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH, which is on our @dartmouthmiddleschool choice #summerreading list. What great timing for this book to come out in September 4! .〰〰I just love Ellie, Melvin and Raj so it’s fun to spend more time with them! THE THIRD MUSHROOM is funny, highly readable and sure to be a big hit with kids in grades 3-7, especially those tha...
  • Holly
    So, yeah, I adored The Fourteenth Goldfish ("TFG") when I read an ARC back in 2014 when it came out. I didn’t know at the time that there would be a follow-up, and honestly don’t know if the author intended to write one at that time, but when I saw recently that The Third Mushroom ("TTM") was forthcoming, I jumped at the chance to participate in this tour. I swear that Jennifer Holm has some sort of magic in her that allows her to maintain he...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Netgalley.comEllie's grandfather Melvin, who turned himself into a teenager in The Fourteenth Goldfish, has gotten tired of traveling and has returned home. He's antsy, not being able to drive, and not having fun with "the Puberty" since he is always tired, hungry, and can't tell everyone he has TWO PhDs. To make him happy, Ellie convinces him to join her in a science fair project, which gets him into the new science labs. Experimentin...
  • Angie
    Ellie and Melvin are back in this followup to The Fourteenth Goldfish. Melvin has been on the road for the past year and tired of it. He is also tired of "the puberty". So he and Ellie team up for the science fair. They have an axolotl that seems to have extra appendages so they feed bits of it to fruit flies to see what happens. Of course Melvin also experiments on himself. Ellie is also dealing with the fact that her mom has remarried and her b...
  • Laura
    This is the fun follow up to the first book in this series, the 14th Goldfish, although it is totally not necessary to have read the first one.Ellie’s grandfather got turned into a 14 year old boy, in the first book, and so that is where we pick up again. Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ellie takes after her grandfather in her interest in science. Her best friend is a chess geek, and she loves her cat.Typical middle school stuff, with a bit ...
  • Kasey Giard
    Such a fun book! After reading The Fourteenth Goldfish, I knew I had to read this sequel with more of Ellie and her grandfather's zany adventures. This book made me laugh and it made me cry. (There's a pretty sad part about 3/4 of the way through the story.) I loved the way it showed Ellie's shifting relationships with her friends and family, which is so much of what I remember about middle school.I also enjoyed the way the story celebrated scien...
  • Theresa Grissom
    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.Having loved The Fourteenth Goldfish, I was very excited to learn there was a sequel. I forgot how much I missed Melvin and Ellie! This is a heartwarming book of friendship and discovery. I have a feeling this will be a huge hit in my elementary school. A very quick and easy read since I could not put it down. This one is a winner!
  • Niki
    NOTE: I received an ARC of The Third Mushroom through a book group in exchange for my honest review.A charming sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, The Third Mushroom sees Ellie, Raj, and Melvin back for a new adventure, and scientific discovery, of course. I love the celebration of friendship and science that Holm weaves into the story and I was impressed by the book's emotional impact as well.A definite recommendation for fans of The Fourteenth G...
  • Vikki VanSickle
    Delightful follow-up to one of my faves, The Fourteenth Goldfish. Melvin is back, Ellie has a cat, possibly a crush, and a new science partner. Holm touches on puberty in the lightest, most accessible of ways, and provides a great read for kids not interested in too much romance. Her relationships feel fully-formed and realistic, just right for grade 4-6 readers.
  • Julie
    Thank you @randomhouse for an ARC is this novel. I’ma huge fan of Jennifer Holms and this sequel lives up to my expectations. The messages about friendships, aging, grief and science are so humanly real and middle grade authentic.
  • Michele Knott
    Holm always writes books that her audience loves reading. Fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish will not be disappointed.
  • Michal
    I wish this book was longer... maybe lasting forever.
  • Nancy
    Another great mg title from Jennifer Holm that weaves in great science topics.
  • Donna
    Nice follow up to "fourteenth goldfish" Grandpa is back and helping Ellie with a science project.There is humor, sadness, and fun in this story. You don't have to read the first one, but it would help.
  • Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
    *I received an ARC copy from the publisher. This does not affect my review.*Oh! It's been a long time since I read middle-grade fiction, and it was such a pleasure to slip back into it with this wonderful duology! (Okay, so both books can be read as stand-alones, but I definitely recommend reading both, as you'll miss a lot of the small things that make a story.) I'll admit, until recently, I never heard of this series, or this author. That, and ...
  • michelle
    * Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a DRC of this book. All opinions are my own.Life isn't a Hollywood movie. That's one of the many things that Ellie learns in The Third Mushroom, an incredibly satisfying sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish. In this book, which I finished in under 24 hours, we watch as Ellie experiments with her first romantic relationship, works on a science fair project with her grandfather, and realizes that having s...
  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    The Third Mushroom really surpassed my expectations. I had enjoyed The Fourteenth Goldfish, though I had a few issues with it, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the second installment. I am so pleased with how this one turned out!This sequel carries on a little bit after the first book ends, and expounds on the themes previous brought forth. We see more focus on friendships and their changes, what it means to live life, what it means ...
  • Jana
    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade science fiction novel. I really enjoyed read The Fourteenth Goldfish several years ago, and so I was eager to get my hands on this sequel. In the first book, eleven-year-old Ellie is dealing with all of the changes in her social and academic life that come with adolescence when she discovers that her grandfather has somehow transformed himself into a teenage boy.In this fo...
  • Laurie
    Interest Level: 3-6Imagine that your grandfather is in the body of a fourteen-year-old boy and goes to the same middle school as you do. How would you react? Well, Ellie actually loves spending time with her grandfather. And them being in the same school is a bonus when they get to work together on the county science fair project. In The Fourteenth Goldfish Ellie's grandfather, Melvin, discovered how to reverse time and become a teenager again. I...
  • Mikey Golczynski
    Just as enjoyable as the Fourteenth Goldfish. I just finished it and my snap judgement is that I like it better. I love when authors can wrap up stories like this and I feel that this is a phenomenal example of that. It seems that everything is brought to a natural conclusion. This book will move you. It has emotional intensity, and depth and change. Meaningful change. Science is the study of change after all, so it's only appropriate this this s...
  • Cara
    This had everything that I loved about The Fourteenth Goldfish. Ellie, Raj, Melvin, and Brianna all play a big part in this one. Melvin is back from his travels, and moves back in with Ellie and her mom. Things have changed; Ben moved in, Ellie got a cat, and Raj and Ellie are best friends. Having Melvin back is awesome for Ellie. She really missed having him around. When Mr. Ham announces a science fair, Ellie wants to sign up and work with Melv...
  • Jennifer Meadows
    I like that this book and its predecessor, The Fourteenth Goldfish, celebrate science, scientific experimentation and discovery, and the many improvements scientific advancements have made in our lives (while at the same time reminding us about the potential drawbacks, pitfalls, and unintended consequences of scientific experimentation). However, in this book, the entire premise of using the axolotl as food for other organisms to test the hypothe...
  • Emma Bozarth
    It was a cute, lovable story with the cat-adoring Ellie, her grouchy grandpa and her best friend Raj. All in all, it was okay. Personally, I don't think it's the best work of Jennifer Holm. I think Boston Jane and a few others are better. The plot wasn't really there, and I thought the parts where Ellie's grandpa regrows his appendix, turns old and starts dating Ellie's middle school librarian were too unrealistic for me. But that's just my opini...
  • Diane
    “Middle school is like jail: the food is terrible, you’re forced to exercise, and it’s the same boring routine every day. Mostly it’s the buildings that make you feel like a prisoner. There’s no color, no style, and everything smells like dirty socks.”Ellie and Melvin are back! And once again, Ellie is going to school with her own grandfather, Melvin, who looks like a middle school student but is acts like a much older man. It can be ...
  • Pam
    Read an e-arc from Netgalley.A sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, in which Ellie's grandfather Melvin used science to turn back time and become a 14 year old boy again.Melvin returns, and The Puberty is hitting him hard, what with being hungry and tired, and yes smelly, all the time.Ellie and her best friend Raj try a date.Ellie and her former best friend are talking again.Ellie and Melvin enter the science fair, experimenting on fruit flies with...
  • Jordan Caldwell
    What a great book! I’m so happy I was given an advance copy—now I know I can use it for my Mock Newbery book club.The characters were so enjoyable—I giggled so many times and know my students will enjoy them as well! I also like that this book didn’t have the main character going “boy crazy”; instead she was focused on science. Science with girls is such an under-written about topic; this book is so important to keep the conversations...
  • Debbie Tanner
    This is a sequel to the Fourteenth Goldfish and it picks up with the same characters. If you haven't read the first one, you might be a little confused, but it won't last long because Holm's storytelling is so good. The story is about Ellie who lives with her mom (and now her stepdad) and is navigating the perils of middle school. Her grandfather turns up (he's still a grumpy old man in the body of a 14 year old boy) and they decide to do a scien...