The story is told by 11 year old Ellie who is struggling in the face of all the changes in her life since she started middle school. I can relate to this character since I don't like a lot of change either.
Ellie and her mother, who is a high school drama teacher, live alone until a teenage boy claiming to be Ellie's scientist grandfather, moves in. Apparently, her grandfather has finally discovered how to reverse the aging process so instead of the balding old man he once was, he now looks and feels like a 13 year old.
While trying to help Melvin (aka, Grandpa) to retrieve from his lab the jellyfish that is the key to his discovery Ellie makes a new friend and starts to see her place in the family. Turns out, Ellie is more like her scientist grandfather than her theater-loving parents.
This book is a Level Z, so might be a challenge read for some, but the chapters are not that long and the story is fun. For you science lovers out there, there are lots of references to important scientists and discoveries and even a list of cool science websites in the back of the book.
Our class library has 1 copy of this book, shelved in the Fantasy section.