CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Jennifer L Holm’s novel, The Fourteenth Goldfish. Registration is required and now open at Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at

Holm, author of the popular Baby Mouse and Squish series, gives readers the quirky tale of fifth-grader Ellie, whose life takes a strange and mysterious turn when her mother brings home an unusual guest. Oddly enough, the guest, a teenage boy, looks, dresses, and speaks exactly like her grandfather Melvin, who has vanished while conducting scientific research on age-reversal. When Ellie’s grandfather needs to break a specimen out of his lab so he can publish his work, high jinks ensue. With humor, a delightful cast of characters, and snippets of the history of scientific discovery sprinkled throughout, Holm inspires children to view science as fun and filled with possibility.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.