Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
“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 and Ellie team up for the county science fair, no one realizes just how groundbreaking their experiment will be. The formula for eternal youth may be within their reach! And when Ellie’s cat, Jonas Salk, gets sick, the stakes become even higher. But is the key to eternal life really the key to happiness? Sometimes even the most careful experiments yield unexpected–and wonderful–results.
As I approach the kitchen counter, I see an empty burrito box by the microwave. Next to it is a carton of almond milk.
I would never in a million years have left a carton of milk on the counter. That’s when it hits me.
Someone is in the house!
And that someone is drinking our milk and eating our frozen burritos.
For a brief moment it seems cute, like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Then my eyes land on the back door, which leads out onto our small deck. The glass has been smashed in around the handle, and it’s all over the floor. That’s when I realize this is no cute blond girl who has come into our house to try out porridge and beds. It’s someone who breaks glass doors.
A real-life criminal.
I pull out my cell phone and dial quickly.
“This is 911. What is the nature of your emergency?” a perky voice asks.
“Someone’s in my house,” I whisper urgently.
“Are you by yourself?” the voice asks calmly.
“Yes! I mean, no!” I struggle to explain. “The person who broke in may still be in here! He ate the burritos!”
“Are you near an exit?”
I debate this for a second. I don’t want to go out the broken back door in case the person is still there.
“Uh, yeah! The front door!”
“Try to get outside, and stay on the line with me.”
“Roger that!” I whisper. It’s something a cop would say. I think maybe I’m watching too much TV.
I creep down the hallway. I’ve almost reached the front door when I hear something that startles me so much that I freeze in my tracks: the sound of a toilet flushing.
The criminal is using our bathroom?
Then I hear splashing water hit the bathroom sink. At least the criminal has good hygiene, I think
a little hysterically. I should be out the door, but my feet have frozen in place.
The bathroom door bangs open and I gasp.
A boy with long brown hair tied back in a ponytail walks out, an annoyed expression on his face. He’s wearing khaki pants, a button-down shirt, and loafers . . . with black socks.
“I need the plunger,” he says. “The toilet’s clogged.”
The emergency operator’s voice jolts me. “Are you still on the line?”
I exhale slowly and hold the phone to my ear.
“It’s okay,” I tell her. “It’s just my grandfather.”
- 2018 Excerpted from THE THIRD MUSHROOM by Jennifer L. Holm, published by Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.
Jennifer L. Holm is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children’s author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, and TURTLE IN PARADISE. Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series — the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. Her new novel is THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH. She lives in alifornia with her husband and two children.
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