Join local SA bloggers as we read and appreciate new release The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin!
Kicking off on the 26th October and running all week, we will be stopping off at a different blog every day celebrating the release of this touching middle grade novel focusing on grief, loss, family and friendship.
26th October - Monique Snyman from Charming Incantations
27th October- Monique Bernic from Paranormalsphere
28th October - Kelly Ansara from It's a Book Thing
29th October - Lu from Sugar and Snark
30th October - Belinda Glenn from Girl From Mars
31st October - Tammy from Book Fairy's Haven
1st November - TAJ Playlist and Wrap-up
About the Novel
Suzy Swanson is pretty sure she knows the real reason Franny Jackson died. Everyone says that there’s no way to be certain…that sometimes things just happen. But Suzy knows there must be a better explanation—a scientific one. Haunted by the loss of her former best friend — and by a final, terrible moment that passed between them — she retreats into a silent world of her own imagination.
Convinced that Franny’s death was the result of a freak jellyfish sting, she crafts a plan to prove the truth, even if it means traveling around the globe… alone. As she prepares, she learns astonishing things about the universe around her… and discovers the potential for love and hope in her own backyard.
About the Author
Ali Benjamin is 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.
What the Critics Are Saying
A 2015 National Book Award for Young People's Literature Long List Book
An Amazon Editor's Fall Favorite Children's Book
A Booklist Top Ten First Novel of 2015
*"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