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Publisher's Summary

A stunning debut about how grief can open the world in magical ways.

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.

©2015 Ali Benjamin (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

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

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The thing about jellyfish

I loved this book it is my new favorite. And I recommend it to anyone who wants a heart-warming caring story. One thing I liked is that it played with my emotions and made me feel happy and sad at the same time.

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Not a kids book

Disappointed that they had gay brother in the story and they kissed. Not a good children’s book.

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Heart touching and brain building

This book should be required reading. It addresses grief in a brilliant, relatable way. My kids were so intrigued by jellyfish that they went to YouTube and leaned Jamie is real!

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LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

..... welp I loved it so like- I do not know what else I can say....

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Nope nope and nope on a rope

Sorry if this offends some people but this book was a no go. Some of the facts in there were untrue and it was also the narrator she is idk I hate to say this but this is one of the worst books I’ve ever read and it’s not good I highly recommend you don’t use your credit on this because it’s not worth it and not what the it looks like.

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Sweet character, great jellyfish facts

I enjoyed this quick read and loved the main character. Loved the flashbacks mixed with the current struggle.

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My kids and I listened. The story was not good and the reading was worse.

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Interesting Story

I loved the fun facts and getting inside the head of the MC. A fun story to listen to while doing menial tasks. The MC is a bit odd, though. I had problems relating to some of her thought processes.

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Not a very sensical book

The book jumps back and forth so much. I cannot tell what is what some times. Thank you for taking my review.

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Enjoyable book with a different slant to coming of age.

Listening to this book brought back all the awkwardness of middle school all over, in a much different way than most authors approach this time. The main character was well defined and relatable to me.
I found the voice actor to be very good. She made the story come to life. She was able to differentiate between character slices well.
Recommended book for preteens on up!