The Thing about Jellyfish (Large Print / Library Binding)

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— Little Brown

It is really difficult to write an honest novel about the experience of grief for kids, but Ali Benjamin proves that she is more than up to the task in this startlingly authentic debut for middle readers. Starring a headstrong, investigative girl, The Thing About Jellyfish illuminates how grief, denial, and questions of (im)mortality can confuse and even consume the most "clear-headed" and scientific of us. Deeply perceptive, Benjamin's novel will become a new favorite of fans of highly acclaimed novels such as MockingbirdCounting by 7s, and Bridge to Terabithia.; Ages 9-13, give or take a year. — Aubrey Restifo

"How do you say goodbye?" asks Suzy after months of silence as she struggles to understand how her best friend could have died in a swimming accident when she was, in fact, an excellent swimmer. Ali Benjamin nails the grief process as well as the painful shift of middle school friendships and the crushing battle of trying to fit in. I was nearly hyperventilating during the last 20 pages as Suzy comes to terms with her loss. As a parent reading this, my heart broke over and over again for Suzy's parents, her best friend's parents, and those I've known who have lost a child. Five stars, for sure.

— Gail Cosgriff



Product Details
ISBN: 9781432862862
ISBN-10: 1432862863
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: March 20th, 2019
Language: English