The February pick is Jenny Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish. I’m allowed to call her Jenny because that’s what she told me to call her WHEN I MET HER last spring at a children’s literature conference. She was as awesome as you would imagine and read the beginning of this book out loud, even though I don’t think it was even out yet.
Holm is mostly known as a historical fiction novelist, so it’s interesting to see her play with time in a different way. Did Ellie’s grandfather really figure out immortality? Is he really the new cranky kid in her middle school? Holm always does an excellent job dealing with some heavy themes like aging, death, growing up and fitting in wit a wonderfully light touch. It’ll be interesting to see her use her powers with an entry-level science fiction tale. By entry-level, I mean that someone who doesn’t necessarily gravitate toward science fiction would probably pick it up.