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The Thing About Jellyfish

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The Thing About Jellyfish

Ali Benjamin #TheThingAboutJellyfish facebook twitter

$8.99 US | $11.99 CAN
Available April 4, 2017

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  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Age Range: 10 & up
  • Grade Level: 5-17
  • Pages: 352
  • Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 7-5/8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316380843

  About The Book

Now available in paperback, this stunning debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist! Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish, with Gigi Pritzker set to produce with Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon.

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


Praise for The Thing About Jellyfish:

A 2015 National Book Award Finalist
New York Times Bestseller
An Indiebound Bestseller
An E.B. White Read-aloud Book Award Finalist
An Amazon Editor's Best Book of the 2015
A 2015 GoodReads Choice Award Finalist
An Amazon Editor's Fall Favorite Children's Book
Booklist Top Ten First Novel of 2015
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
A Hudson Booksellers Best Young Readers Book for 2015
A Bank Street College Distinguished Children's Book 
A 2015 NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Book
A 2016 CCBC Children's Choices Book
A 2015 Massachusetts Book Award Winner for Middle Grade
A 2016 NAPPA winner for audiobooks

*"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review


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 GlobeMagazine, Martha Stewart's Whole Living, and Sesame Street. She lives in Massachusetts.