The Thing About JellyfishBook - 2015
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violet_butterfly_8881 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 12
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After Suzy Swanson's best friend, Franny, unexpectedly dies in a drowning accident over summer break, Suzy refuses to talk. She struggles with making friends now that Franny is gone. She can hardly live with the last memory she has of Franny, crying and carrying her wet bags down to the office. But Suzy doesn't think that Franny really just drowned because things don't just happen. One day, at an aquarium field trip with her class, Suzy spies a poster describing a jellyfish that has migrated far from it's natural habitat, is nearly transparent, and the sting kills almost immediately. Convinced that Franny was stung, and looking for closure, Suzy elaborates a plan to run away from her home, her brother, her mom and fly to Australia to meet with a jellyfish expert and find out the truth about Franny's death. After what she had done to her best friend when she was only trying to help, it was the least she could do. A first perspective novel, with short chapters, and a really good message. A few excerpts from the past years of Suzy's life that explained all the events leading up to Franny's last moment with Suzy really help move the book along, but can be a little confusing at times. Really cute and complex characters. I would recommend this book to my friends.
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.
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“If people were silent, they could hear the noise of their own lives better. If people were silent, it would make what they did say, whenever they chose to say it, more important. If people were silent, they could read one another's signals, the way underwater creatures flash lights at one another, or turn their skin different colors.”
― Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish