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The thing about jellyfish

by Benjamin, Ali,

Format: Large Print 2019
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A New York Times BestsellerA National Book Award FinalistSuzy Swanson has always known things that other kids don't, like the sleep patterns of ants and that the average middle-schooler contains about 20 million of Shakespeare's atoms. But she doesn't know how her best friend's life could end before Suzy could make up for the worst thing she'd ever done to her. Everyone says that it was an accident. That sometimes things "just happen." Suzy won't believe it. After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, she's convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, Suzy crafts a plan to prove her theory -- even if it means traveling the globe, alone.Age Range: 11-13 | Grade Level: 4-8 | Lexile Measure: 740L
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Suzy lost her longtime best friend twice: first at the beginning of sixth grade, when Franny shifted away from her and into a clique of pretty girls, and irrevocably during the following summer, when Franny drowned at the beach. Entering seventh grade and burdened by painful memories that she can neither express nor forget, Suzy almost entirely stops talking for many months. She becomes fascinated with jellyfish and intent on linking Franny's drowning to a sting. Unable to connect meaningfully with those who are closest to her, she secretly, meticulously plans a trip to Australia to consult a jellyfish specialist in hopes of finding answers to her questions about Franny's death. In the end, though, a conversation closer to home offers what she needs in order to deal with the experience, forgive herself, and move forward. Benjamin's involving novel features clean, fluid writing that is highly accessible yet rich with possibilities for discussion. Science minded and fascinated by facts, Suzy is intellectually able to see the big picture but limited in her life experience. Her highly individual first-person narrative makes compelling reading. Facts and metaphors related to jellyfish are woven seamlessly into the narrative of this memorable story. An uncommonly fine first novel.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In her first solo outing, Benjamin (coauthor of Positive with Paige Rawls) composes a moving portrayal of loss and healing. Franny Jackson and Suzy Swanson had been best friends for years until Franny joined a middle-school clique and began to drift from Suzy and her penchant for scientific facts. As seventh grade begins, 12-year-old Suzy channels the conflicting emotions surrounding Franny's drowning death into silence, shutting out her divorced parents, her older brother and his boyfriend, her psychologist, and a caring science teacher. Replacing language with research, Suzy follows the scientific method, whose structure mirrors that of the book, hoping to prove that a jellyfish sting was responsible for Franny's drowning. 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, as well as a testament to the grandeur of the natural world. Increasingly fascinated by her own theories, Suzy embarks on an ambitious plan to prove her hypothesis, while tentatively reaching out to new friends and finding support for her emerging voice. Ages 8-12. Agent: Mollie Glick, Foundry Literary + Media. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Grief -- Juvenile fiction.
Best friends -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Jellyfishes -- Juvenile fiction.
Large type books.
Grief -- Fiction.
Best friends -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Jellyfishes -- Fiction.
Publisher Farmington Hills, Mich :2019
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Notes "Thorndike Press large print the literacy bridge"--Title page verso.
Description 343 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781432862862
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