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La première fois que j'ai goûté un champignon, c'était dans mes pâtes. Au lieu d'une garniture au fromage fondant, j'ai trouvé, horrifiée, des morceaux brunâtres. Le goût était abominable. La deuxième fois, c'était au restaurant chinois. Les champignons avaient la texture du caoutchouc visqueux. C'est important de faire des expériences, voila ce que me répète toujours mon La première fois que j'ai goûté un champignon, c'était dans mes pâtes. Au lieu d'une garniture au fromage fondant, j'ai trouvé, horrifiée, des morceaux brunâtres. Le goût était abominable. La deuxième fois, c'était au restaurant chinois. Les champignons avaient la texture du caoutchouc visqueux. C'est important de faire des expériences, voila ce que me répète toujours mon grand-père. Alors la guerre des champignons a commencé...


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La première fois que j'ai goûté un champignon, c'était dans mes pâtes. Au lieu d'une garniture au fromage fondant, j'ai trouvé, horrifiée, des morceaux brunâtres. Le goût était abominable. La deuxième fois, c'était au restaurant chinois. Les champignons avaient la texture du caoutchouc visqueux. C'est important de faire des expériences, voila ce que me répète toujours mon La première fois que j'ai goûté un champignon, c'était dans mes pâtes. Au lieu d'une garniture au fromage fondant, j'ai trouvé, horrifiée, des morceaux brunâtres. Le goût était abominable. La deuxième fois, c'était au restaurant chinois. Les champignons avaient la texture du caoutchouc visqueux. C'est important de faire des expériences, voila ce que me répète toujours mon grand-père. Alors la guerre des champignons a commencé...

30 review for Le 3e champignon

  1. 4 out of 5

    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. I know this was only a very, very small part of the boo 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. I know this was only a very, very small part of the book as a whole, but it's something that's seen so rarely that it left an inordinately large impression. THANK YOU. The book would have been five-stars for me, if it weren't for (view spoiler)[the death of Jonas. It was very realistically and compassionately portrayed, but I just couldn't deal with it, especially since if he had been an indoor cat, his particular accident could have been avoided. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liesl Shurtliff

    Read this aloud with my two boys, 9 and 11, and we all LOVED it. Laughed our heads off, then cried, then laughed again. It's not totally necessary to have read THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH to get this, but I highly recommend that you do. Both are fantastic middle-grade books, full of humor, heart, and some interesting science facts and history!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Ellie'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. Experimenting on fruit flies with a specimen of an E ARC from Netgalley.com Ellie'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. Experimenting on fruit flies with a specimen of an axolotl that seems to have grown two more legs. Will feeding bits of the animal to the fruit flies cause them to regenerate? In the meantime, Ellie has to deal with her mother, who is a drama teacher busy with plays, and her stepfather, who designs video games, and also visit with her father. Her best friend, Raj, (who knows the truth about Melvin) starts to look more attractive to Ellie, and the two go on a movie date, which doesn't go well, and Ellie has to realize that they are really better off as friends. Her former best friend, Brianna, is friendlier to her than she has been, which is a nice surprise. Sadly, not all changes are good ones, and when Ellie's cat Jonas is hit by a car, she and her grandfather are not able to save him. Even though the science fair doesn't go very well, the experiment with the axolotl has some unexpected consequences. Strengths: The characters are delightful and wonderfully nuanced. Ellie has a lot to deal with, but does really well... most of the time. She becomes sidelined by the sort of things that can happen to many middle school students-- friend trouble, boy trouble, and the death of a pet. These are all real concerns that can be devastating to young readers and should be treated as serious. I liked that the mother was around and concerned but also had her own life. Melvin... Melvin is great. His budding romance with the local librarian made me cry! The science fair is a nice touch, and it's great to see an author want to write a STEM book because it speaks to her. Weaknesses: The death of Jonas was handled well EXCEPT it was a bit odd that we don't know quite what happened. Was he hit by a car? I realize that this was so that they could inject him with the axolotl and have some hope, but it somehow bothered me. What I really think: I really enjoyed both of these books, but after reading this one, it occurred to me that one of my reluctant readers had the first one checked out for a REALLY long time, and I have to admit that they are a tiny bit slow. I'm definitely purchasing, but not handing to any super reluctant readers. I know that Holm is better known for Babymouse and Sunny Side Up, but I always love her middle grade fiction. Boston Jane! Great stuff.

  5. 4 out of 5

    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 that read the first book. Here’s what I love about 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 that read the first book. Here’s what I love about this book: . 📚 STEM! Ellie and Melvin’s adventure is sure to spark the imagination of aspirational scientists. I also love how the end of the book includes their Gallery of Scientists with fun facts about each. . 📚 wonderful exploration of middle school relationships—if a boy and a girl are good friends, does that mean they should date? Raj and Ellie’s first date is fabulously awkward and cringe-y (as my Ss would say). . 📚 The librarian character Mrs. Barrymore!!! Just read the book. 🤗 . 〰️ 〰️ Ellie and her grandpa Melvin (famous scientist in a 14 yo body) are back and entering the county science fair. Their fruit fly experiment is wildly successful, but in the end the results are not what they expected. . 〰️ 〰️ #bookstagram #book #reading #bibliophile #bookworm #bookaholic #booknerd #bookgram #librarian #librariansfollowlibrarians #librariansofinstagram #booklove #booktography #bookstagramfeature #bookish #bookaddict #booknerdigans #booknerd #ilovereading #instabook #futurereadylibs #ISTElibs #TLChat #mgbooks

  6. 4 out of 5

    K

    I enjoy young-adult books as much as the next person, and this one was a nice little story about friendship. What made me want to claw my eyes out was the inexcusable 'science' that was a large portion of this book. Ellie's grandfather makes a point of talking about his multiple PhD's, yet CAN'T REMEMBER HOW MANY LEGS AN AMPHIBIAN HAS. Also, the author claims that the axolotl (freshwater salamander found in lakes) in their experiment was apparently caught by a jellyfish (found in saltwater*). wt I enjoy young-adult books as much as the next person, and this one was a nice little story about friendship. What made me want to claw my eyes out was the inexcusable 'science' that was a large portion of this book. Ellie's grandfather makes a point of talking about his multiple PhD's, yet CAN'T REMEMBER HOW MANY LEGS AN AMPHIBIAN HAS. Also, the author claims that the axolotl (freshwater salamander found in lakes) in their experiment was apparently caught by a jellyfish (found in saltwater*). wtf. How hard is it to use google, Ms. Holm?!! That's only the beginning of the cringe-worthy writing when it came to science. This book lost a star because of it. I think it's fine for kids, as long as they're getting a solid education & you talk to them about how moronic the science experiments were in this book. *Before you tell me that there are freshwater jellyfish: 1. I already know 2. They wouldn't be able to kill a salamander. If you want to know more about jellyfish in Indiana: https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/8588.htm

  7. 5 out of 5

    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, and growing stronger and wiser.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Paris

    Loved this sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish and I want Grandpa to live forever!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michal

    I wish this book was longer... maybe lasting forever.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Savannah

    AH-MAZING

  11. 5 out of 5

    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 her childlike sense of wonder and delight, and she has this crazy abilit 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 her childlike sense of wonder and delight, and she has this crazy ability to sound exactly like a 13- or 14-year-old girl! I volunteer in my son’s elementary school library and have for the past five years, so when I read TFG I immediately suggested they buy it. In the years since then, I have recommended it to dozens of 4th and 5th graders, and I’ve never heard from one of them that they didn’t enjoy it. It’s somewhat of an easy sell once you make sure the kids know it’s by the author of Babymouse and Squish! It’s also currently on this year’s Elementary Battle of the Books list in my state (and of course Turtle in Paradise has been used multiple times), which made me inordinately happy. So, you can see how I was pretty darn excited to read The Third Mushroom, and I have to say it was an absolute delight to be back with Ellie and Melvin (aka, Mellie)! I think I liked this even more than TFG, to be honest. We get the joy of waching Ellie and Melvin undertake science experiments, and we are introduced to some absolute rockstars of science. We get to see how close Ellie and Raj have become, and to see if they become even closer (yes, it’s a tease!). We get to experience Ellie’s first flutters of romantic feelings, including reading old Harlequin novels (hello, young me!). Most importantly, TTM helps teach the incredible lesson that failure is not just okay, it’s an integral part of our development as humans. This is not just an important lesson of science, but one all of us should learn and pass on. I have a perfectionist 10-year-old who hates to get or do something wrong, to disappoint any adult, to “fail” at something–so this is a lesson my husband and I have tried to instill in him (it’s still a work in progress, to be sure). It helps that my husband is himself a PhD chemist, so he’s able to give real-life examples of how his “failures” in the lab actually result in better experiments and better science. That’s exactly what we see in TTM, and it’s a lesson Ellie–like all of us–has to learn the hard way: by failing! I would highly recommend this for any kid from about 4th through 7th grade, possibly even younger or older depending on skill level and interest. I would especially recommend this for those who, like my son, are perfectionists and feel that failing at a task somehow means they’ve failed as a person. I have enjoyed pushing TFG into the hands of young girls particularly, and I will do the same with TTM, so that they can see themselves as being just as capable of doing (and loving) science as Ellie is. Both books are just so enjoyable, playful yet also teaching important lessons, that it’s hard to imagine a kid for whom this wouldn’t be a good fit, to be honest. And really, all you have to do is say, “It’s by the author of Babymouse! Doesn’t that sound awesome?” It works, I promise ;) Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours, Jennifer Holm, and Random House Kids for letting me take part in this blog tour for the utterly delightful The Third Mushroom! Rating: 4 stars (probably seen in the night sky by William Herschel!) **Disclosure: I received an early e-copy of this boo from the publisher for purposes of this blog tour. This review is voluntary and reflects my honest rating and thoughts on the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    I loved reading The Fourteenth Goldfish, in which Ellie Cruz's 76-year-old scientist grandfather, Dr. Melvin Sargarsky, holder of two PhDs, turned himself into a 13 year old boy. Needless to say, fun and some chaos ensured, but in the end, Melvin decided to leave and do some traveling. Now 14, Melvin is back and enrolled as an 8th grader in the same middle school where Ellie is in 7th grade. Melvin hasn't changed much - he's still hungry all the time, as curmudgeon-y as ever, and stil I loved reading The Fourteenth Goldfish, in which Ellie Cruz's 76-year-old scientist grandfather, Dr. Melvin Sargarsky, holder of two PhDs, turned himself into a 13 year old boy. Needless to say, fun and some chaos ensured, but in the end, Melvin decided to leave and do some traveling. Now 14, Melvin is back and enrolled as an 8th grader in the same middle school where Ellie is in 7th grade. Melvin hasn't changed much - he's still hungry all the time, as curmudgeon-y as ever, and still having difficulty dealing with "the Puberty," and still having trouble dealing with the fact that he can't drive a car. He's also brought home an axolotl from his travels which becomes the basis of a science fair project with Ellie (Axolotl are amphibians that have the ability to regenerate limbs). Getting permission to work after school in the new labs there, Melvin and Ellie experiment with feeding bits of the axolotl to fruit flies. When the fruit flies grow extra legs, they begin to wonder if their findings might lead to something important for humans. Meanwhile, Ellie and her best friend Raj decide to see if they should take their relationship to the next level, and the two go on a date to the movies. When it doesn't work out, Ellie wonders if they have ruined the wonderful friendship they have. And speaking of friendships, Ellie's old best friend, Brianna, seems to be wondering back into Ellie's life. Does she want to be friends again? At home, Ellie and her mother are really happy now that mom is remarried to Ben, who is kind absent for the most part in the book. Ellie's beloved cat Jonas has also found a companion in the neighboring cat and the two spend their days playing and roaming around. Sadly, though, Jonas is hit by a car, and even though Ellie and Melvin try to save him with a bit of axolotl, he is beyond saving. Melvin (as a man) had never remarried or shown any interest in another woman after Ellie's grandmother passed away. To Ellie's surprise, she discovers her grandmother's love for romance novels, and begins reading through her collection, saved by Melvin. Now though, romance seems to be in the air again for Melvin when Ellie realizes he is flirting with the school librarian, Mrs. Barrymore - but how is that going to work out? Ellie and Melvin are such great characters in this character-driven novel. They are well-developed, they have distinct personalities, problems, and interests, yet they handle what life throws at them so well. And what life throws at them are the same kinds to things that middle grade kids have to deal with everyday (well, maybe not their grandfathers transforming into teenage boys). Middle grade is a time a so much change and Holm really depicts it well here. Since Melvin is a scientist (with 2 Phds), it is the ideal way to introduce some real STEM information into the book. First, by showing Ellie participating in a science fair project, even though she's a good math and science student already, and second, it gives Melvin a chance to tell Ellie about some important scientific discoveries and the people who made them. This is expanded at the back of the book under "Mellie's Gallery of Scientists" (Mellie = Melvin + Ellie) as well as Recommended Resources for Continuing the Conversation. The Third Mushroom is such a fun book to read, and a worthy sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish. I love the way the title doesn't make sense until you've almost reached the end of the book, and then wham! it all falls into place and makes sense. And I really hope there is a third novel, despite what happens at the end of this one. This book is recommended for readers age 9+ This book was borrowed from the NYPL

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marathon County Public Library

    Ellie and her grandfather have become better friends since last year when her grandfather turned himself young again through a science experiment and attended Ellie’s middle school. In this sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, crusty teenage scientist (with two PhDs) Melvin Sagarsky returns. Having her grandfather around has encouraged in Ellie a love for science. Yet what she discovers as his lab partner for the school science fair is far deeper than watching fruit flies sprout wings. “Failure is a part of experi/>Having Ellie and her grandfather have become better friends since last year when her grandfather turned himself young again through a science experiment and attended Ellie’s middle school. In this sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, crusty teenage scientist (with two PhDs) Melvin Sagarsky returns. Having her grandfather around has encouraged in Ellie a love for science. Yet what she discovers as his lab partner for the school science fair is far deeper than watching fruit flies sprout wings. “Failure is a part of experimentation,” Melvin says. You can always learn something from your mistakes. Although it may sound simple, this timely advice is just what Ellie needs to save her relationship with her best friend. The book’s overall mood is light-hearted and fun, and it’s full of humorous situations: imagine going on a double date with your grandpa! But besides that, the many tender moments between Ellie and Melvin woven into this story make it stand out as an extraordinary work. Elizabeth L. / Marathon County Public Library Find this book in our library catalog.

  14. 4 out of 5

    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 budding feelings for her best friend Raj. Should they become 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 budding feelings for her best friend Raj. Should they become more than friends? When her cat Jonas gets sick, she and Melvin try to revive him with the axolotl to no avail. But is the axolotl having an affect on Melvin? It was wonderful to revisit these characters. Melvin was just as awesome as the first time around and I truly enjoyed his budding romance with the school librarian and his angst about the puberty. I thought Ellie's situations were extremely realistic with maybe having feelings for a boy friend and resuming her friendship with an old friend. Things change in middle school. The part that really got me was the death of Jonas since I just recently went through the very same thing with my cat. That part seemed extremely realistic to me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    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 of science (magic like scien 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 of science (magic like science), thrown in. There is a hint of romance, but only a hint, which is good. There is a great quote, that sort of sums up the feel of this book. I definitely believe in science, like my grandfather does. But a small part of me is curious about magic. Because cats. There has to be something magical involved with creating them. The fluffy tails, the way they snuggle into loaf shapes and sleep in the sun. Most of all the purring. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    This is a great middle school read about friendship, love, and loss. Friendships come in all shapes and sizes…and ages! And science is cool! "But I wish someone would invent a new category of books: on friendship…They could call it Friendmance or maybe Friend Fiction. “Because friendship is as important as romance. You can have a bad day with a friend…You can count on them to help you survive middle school. “Just like in the natural world, friends come in a This is a great middle school read about friendship, love, and loss. Friendships come in all shapes and sizes…and ages! And science is cool! "But I wish someone would invent a new category of books: on friendship…They could call it Friendmance or maybe Friend Fiction. “Because friendship is as important as romance. You can have a bad day with a friend…You can count on them to help you survive middle school. “Just like in the natural world, friends come in all different genus and species. There are best friends…And there are old friends…who are important, too. “Then, of course, there are friends who defy classification. Like my grandfather. I’d even say he’s a new species all his own: favorite person (Favorite personus?). “Because he taught me that failure is okay. That experimentation is important in science. “And in life."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Imagene Wonders

    Ever since I read The Fourteenth Goldfish, I was waiting for a sequel, and here it is! I remember some stuff from before, like how the grandpa is in the body of a 14-year-old boy, and how he always steals all of the soy sauce packets from the Moo Goo Gai Pan at the Chinese restaurant. I really like this book, because it draws me in, and I can't stop reading it because I feel like there is a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter. I think the appropriate age range for this book is 7+, Ever since I read The Fourteenth Goldfish, I was waiting for a sequel, and here it is! I remember some stuff from before, like how the grandpa is in the body of a 14-year-old boy, and how he always steals all of the soy sauce packets from the Moo Goo Gai Pan at the Chinese restaurant. I really like this book, because it draws me in, and I can't stop reading it because I feel like there is a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter. I think the appropriate age range for this book is 7+, because of the word complexity. It has some complex words in it that I don't think kids under the age of 7 would understand. I think if you like sci-fi, real science references and adventure then you will like this book. I would strongly recommend it along with The Fourteenth Goldfish. I don't think there is a third one, but I really hope so!

  18. 4 out of 5

    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 science and scientific discoveries. A fanta 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 science and scientific discoveries. A fantastic, quick read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    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!

  20. 5 out of 5

    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 Goldfish and I recommend both books be included in middle gr 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 Goldfish and I recommend both books be included in middle grade libraries. ...I wonder if we'll see more of Ellie, Raj and Melvin?

  21. 5 out of 5

    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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Kott

    The synopsis said something about unexpected but there was no unexpecteds in this book. Cute story but very predictable. This is a tried and true plot. Grandfather turns into a teenager, Ho hum. I gave it three stars cause I liked both cats.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Thank you @randomhouse for an ARC is this novel. I’m a 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nedra Isenberg

    The Fourteenth Goldfish is one of my favorite books. I used it to teach Signposts to a group of fourth graders one year and it was perfect and the kids loved the book. I have retired but I still had to read the sequel. It did not disappoint and I have recommended it to my teacher friends. I love books that have strong female characters and especially ones that are interested in science.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    I loved this. So much sciencey goodness. After I finished, I read a bunch of stuff about Carolyn Herschel, a female astronomer who lived in the 1700s and discovered a bunch of comets and nebulae. Oh, and her brother discovered Uranus...no big deal. I think kids will love this book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    LouAnne

    For fans of Fourteenth Goldfish! Good sequel.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Another great mg title from Jennifer Holm that weaves in great science topics.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Holm always writes books that her audience loves reading. Fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish will not be disappointed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I enjoy Jennifer Holm's writing..

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Heins

    Sequel to The 14th Goldfish but can be read alone.

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