The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm

The Third Mushroom is a serious yet fantastical story about family, relationships, life, death, science, and so much more. Ellie gets home from school to find that her grandfather, Melvin, has turned into a 14-year-old boy. They start experimenting with jellyfish, and they put together a plan for a science fair project that will blow everyone away. In the process, they learn that it’s okay when life doesn’t quite turn out the way you hope. The author has a conversational writing style that makes the story easy to follow, although sometimes it seems to ramble a little. The science topics are well integrated into the story, and there are so many different concepts covered. The characters are well developed and very believable, including the adults. Ellie is a self-assured, inquisitive, and likable middle schooler, and her relationship with Melvin is especially great to read about. This is a good book for anyone aged 10-14 who likes science, fantasy, and cool experiments. I really liked the book even though I hadn’t read the first one. It’s a fun, interesting, and good story about growing up and also growing older.

Reviewed By: Yessenia – Age 11