The Thing About Jellyfish

Paperback | April 4, 2017

byAli Benjamin

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Now available in paperback, this 2015 National Book Award finalist and instantNew York Timesbestseller is a stunning debut novel about grief and wonder.

Everyone says that it was an accident... that sometimes things "just happen". But Suzy won't believe it. Ever. After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.

*"An uncommonly fine first novel." --Booklist, starred review

*"Has appeal well beyond a middle school audience." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*"Reminiscent of works by Jennifer L. Holm and Sharon Creech... a shining example of the highs and lows of early adolescence." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Now available in paperback, this 2015 National Book Award finalist and instantNew York Timesbestseller is a stunning debut novel about grief and wonder.Everyone says that it was an accident... that sometimes things "just happen". But Suzy won't believe it. Ever. After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that ...

Ali Benjamin is a National Book Award Finalist forThe Thing About Jellyfish, and the co-writer for HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl's coming-of-age memoirPositiveas well as Tim Howard'sNew York TimesbestsellerThe Keeper. She is a member of New England Science Writers and has written forTheBoston Globe Magazine,Martha Stewart's Whole Living...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316380849

ISBN - 13:9780316380843

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it great book
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing great book
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book this book is such an amazing story about a powerful friendship
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lesson in Friendship Franny told Suzy that if she ever became as shallow as the popular girls to send her a message in a big way. After the two best friends drift apart, Suzy follows through, but never gets a chance to say sorry, before Franny has a fatal accident. This moving story will appeal to girls’ age’s ten to 12 who enjoy coming-of-age fiction and strange facts about jellyfish.
Date published: 2016-02-29

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"Seventh-grade narrator Suzy Swanson will win readers' hearts as she silently struggles to come to terms with her complex emotions over the death of her former best friend."-Shelf Awareness