THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH (a novel)

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • National Book Award Finalist
  • Winner, E.B. White Readaloud Award
  • Winner, Green Earth Book Award
  • Winner, Massachusetts Book Award
  • Best of 2015 — Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • 100 Notable Titles for Reading and Sharing (Children’s Books) — New York Public Library
  • Great Reads of 2015 (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Kids’ Books, Realistic Fiction) — NPR
  • #4 of Top 10 YA & Children’s Books — TIME
  • Best of 2015 — School Library Journal
  • Best of 2015 — Publisher’s Weekly
  • New York Times Notable Book
  • Starred review — Kirkus Reviews
  • Starred review — Publisher’s Weekly
  • Starred review — Booklist
  • Starred review — School Library Journal
  • Starred review – Shelf Awareness
  • #1 on IndieNext Kids’ top ten list, fall 2015
  • Amazon.com Editor’s Pick: “Fall Favorites, 2015,” and “20 Best Children’s Books of 2015”
  • Selected for 2015 BEA’s Editors’ Buzz Panel, and named a BEA “Early Favorite for Young Readers,”
  • Listed as “hot, new YA” selection in Entertainment Weekly
  • Named a “Top Ten First Novel” by Booklist
  • Junior Library Guild, fall 2015 selection
  • Literary Hub, The Great Booksellers Fall Preview selection
  • Being published in 30+ countries and 20+ languages

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.

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