2015 National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature

Ali Benjamin

The Thing About Jellyfish
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
ISBN: 978-0316380867

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The Thing About Jellyfish manages that rarest trick of great literature: It is both simple and huge. Ali Benjamin captures the delicate intimacies of envy and grief, while simultaneously exploring the grandest implications of what it means to be alive. Told in prose that is both elegant and gutfelt, Suzy’s desperate search for a structuring principle to her world leads to poignant self-discovery and a big-eyed look at the meaning of existence itself.


Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend's death.

About the Author

Ali Benjamin grew up outside New York City, in a rickety old house that neighbors thought was haunted.  As a child she spent countless hours catching bugs and frogs; The Thing About Jellyfish emerged from her fascination with the natural world.  She is the cowriter of 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.  She lives in rural Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and Australian shepherd named Mollie.


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