The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin audiobook

The Thing About Jellyfish

By Ali Benjamin
Read by Sarah Franco

Little, Brown Young Readers 9780316380867
5.35 Hours Unabridged
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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! After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting--things don't just happen for no reason. 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. Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish, with Gigi Pritzker set to produce with Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller in Children's Middle-Grade Books

Finalist for the National Book Award

A #1 Amazon bestseller

A NPR’s Great Reads of 2015

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for Fall

A Booklist Top 10 First Novel of 2015

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!

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting--things don't just happen for no reason. 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.

Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish, with Gigi Pritzker set to produce with Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

*"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
*"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
*"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
A heartfelt read for kids and adults. First for Women Magazine
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
*"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
*"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Benjamin explores the heartbreaking subject of grief in the young with dreamy, meditative and elegiac prose. She successfully captures the anxieties of middle school through Suzy’s confusion and pain…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.” Shelf Awareness
“A moving portrayal of loss and healing…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….[a] superbly written, heartfelt novel.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“This novel has it all: just-right pacing, authentic voices and characters, beautifully crafted plot, and superb writing.” VOYA (starred review)
“Surrounded by the cruelty of adolescence, [Suzy] is awkward, smart, methodical, and driven by sadness. She eventually follows her research far beyond the middle-school norm…A painful story smartly told…[with]appeal well beyond a middle-school audience.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Benjamin’s involving novel features clean, fluid writing that is highly accessible, yet rich with possibilities for discussion…An uncommonly fine first novel.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Ali Benjamin

Author Bio: Ali Benjamin

Ali Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author and 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 national bestseller The Keeper.

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.35
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English