Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Random House
Keywords: science, friendship, family
Format Read: finished copy
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I've really been getting into middle grade a lot, so you'll be seeing more of those books pop up here from time to time. My job at an indie children's bookstore has helped inspire this, and I'm so glad I've started looking at middle grade again!
This book was a delight, pulling in scientific topics and making them easily digestible and fun. Ellie's grandpa turns up as a middle schooler, and obviously a lot of antics ensue. He's on a mission to get back into his lab to get his recipe for eternal youth, but security won't let a kid just wander into the lab.
The chapters were extremely short, so it was easy to read a little bit here and there, and it was super easy to get through. This was a fun book for any age, though it's geared toward 4th-7th, depending on reading level. It had such good messages about friendship, family, and adapting to one's environment. Grandpa Melvin is in a totally new surrounding — modern day middle school, and Ellie has NEVER been interested in science and doesn't have a gang that she hangs out with too much at school. So the two of them pairing up is not only a cute friendship, but they also teach each other about many different things in life (like Grandpa Melvin constantly trying to borrow her mom's van because he really can drive even though it looks like he's a middle-schooler).
I had so much fun with this one, and if you're wanting to dive back into middle school reading, or if you're looking for a perfect gift for a younger reader, I'd start here.