The Thing About Jellyfish.pdf
Now available in paperback, this 2015 National Book Award finalist and instant" New York Times" bestseller 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
*"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience." ""Kirkus Reviews," starred review""
*"Reminiscent of works by Jennifer L. Holm and Sharon Creech, Benjamin's novel is a shining example of the highs and lows of early adolescence." ""Publishers Weekly, "starred review""
*"Benjamin's sense of timing and delivery is extraordinary, as she blends the visceral experiences of Suzy's journey with an internal dialogue that is authentic and poignant....readers...will fully immerse themselves in this superbly written, heartfelt novel." ""School Library Journal," starred review""
*"Benjamin's involving novel features clean, fluid writing that is highly accessible, yet rich with possibilities for discussion.... Her highly individual, first-person narrative makes compelling reading.... An uncommonly fine first novel." ""Booklist," starred review""
*"This novel has it all: just-right pacing, authentic voices and characters, beautifully crafted plot, and superb writing. Readers will find that this story lingers with them after the book is closed." ""VOYA," starred review""
"There are...a lot of children who might not only benefit from this book but also find themselves deeply moved by it." ""New York Times Book Review"""
"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"""
Praise for "The Thing About Jellyfish" A 2015 National Book Award FinalistA "New York Times "BestsellerAn Indiebound BestsellerAn Amazon Editor's Fall Favorite Children's BookA "Booklist" Top Ten First Novel of 2015A "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of 2015An ALA Notable BookA Hudson Booksellers Best Young Readers Book for 2015A Bank Street College Distinguished Children's Book
Ali Benjamin is a National Book Award Finalist for "The Thing About Jellyfish," and the co-writer for HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl's coming-of-age memoir "Positive" as well as Tim Howard's "New York Times "bestseller "The Keeper." She is a member of New England Science Writers and has written for "The" "Boston Globe Magazine," "Martha Stewart's Whole Living," and Sesame Street. She lives in Massachusetts.