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Thing about Jellyfish
Thing about Jellyfish | Ali Benjamin
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.
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Eggs
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“A jellyfish, if you watch it long enough, begins to look like a heart beating, a ghost heart you can see right through right into some other world where everything you ever lost has gone to hide”

#FirstLineFridays
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ShyBookOwl Captivating opener. I'm stacking this! 4d
Eggs @ShyBookOwl 👏🏻❤️ 4d
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Jen2
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Pickpick

Lovely story!

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Jen2
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Wow, what a powerful statement.

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Eggs
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☃️ tagged

☃️ Words on Fire-Jennifer Nielsen

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#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

mom2bugnbee Oh, go read Echo! So good! 2mo
Eggs Thanks for the cheering-on! @mom2bugnbee 2mo
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AmyG
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Volunteering at the hospital gift shop and reading this while things are quiet!

kstadt929 What an intriguing cover! Hopefully I‘ll catch your review when you‘re done! 3mo
AmyG I will let you know how it is @kstadt929 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😍😍😍 3mo
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rcoz
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This book honestly took me on an emotional roller coaster. I was able to feel the characters feeling. The book was so well written in my opinion, that I could clearly imagine everything happen as the story was told. This book was also about a character around the same age range as I, so I could relate to it. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something to read that will leave them spinning with questions you are happy to not answer.

Rachel.Rencher Welcome to Litsy! 4mo
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abbychlosta

“It couldn't in a million years happen. But what if it could?“

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abbychlosta

I like that this book was both sort of unrelatable (the photographic memory thing), but also relatable (grieving and coping) I think it adds a great dynamic to the story.

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abbychlosta
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The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin is a piece of contemporary realistic fiction. It was published in 2015. This book is about Suzy. Suzy has a very powerful brain and remembers almost everything. She got into a fight with her best friend and then her friend died. This story follows Suzy's journey with coping and grieving. I think this is relatable for children in the sense of dealing with grief and death of a friend, but maybe not the brain

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sarabellini

“I could tell you a lot about jellyfish...The whole time, from before any of those extinctions, from life's origins until this minute, jellyfish have been there, pulsing their way across the oceans and back. Jellyfish are survivors. They are survivors of everything that ever happened to everyone else.“

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sarabellini

I like how this book doesn't have a happy ending because it can allow children to see many different ways of coping with a sudden death. Suzy can't process her friends death because of the lack of closure in their friendship.

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sarabellini
Pickpick

This book is about Suzy Swanson who lives with her mother. She has always known things that others don't such as the sleep pattern of ants. She is a very smart kid who is unpopular which is very relatable to today's children due to bullying. Suzy finds out that her best friend from kindergarten drowned in the ocean on vacation. This is very hard for Suzy to process and starts doing research on jellyfish because she is denial about the death.

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AmyG
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Sweet friend. Thank you so much for thinking of me on my birthday. You are the best! Hilly approves! 😘😘😘

@JoScho

JoScho I saw Soubhi gave you the same one. Just pass it along to someone that would like it 😊 💙 4mo
AmyG I am going to give one to my daughter. We will read it together as it looks like a book she would really like. Again....thank you so much, sweetheart. 😘 4mo
kspenmoll Happy birthday!!!🎂🎉🎊 And hello to cutie cat! 4mo
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AmyG @kspenmoll Thank you! Will do. 😻 4mo
AmyRebecca Birthday goodness!🎁🌈 4mo
AmyG @AmyRebecca 🙌🏻❤️ 4mo
brit91 😻😻😻😻 4mo
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AmyG
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@Soubhiville My fabulous friend- thank you so much for my birthday treats. The mug is lovely and BIG- and I drink a LOT of coffee. The book looks great, kitty note cards and cute little pad (going in my purse).
It was so kind and sweet of you to remember my birthday. 😘

Holding the #Litsylove pkg until November.

TrishB Lovely 💕 4mo
Soubhiville Yay! I‘m glad it arrived ok. Happy Birthday 💕. Enjoy! 4mo
AmyG Thank you again. 😘 4mo
Texreader Those cat cards! ❤️ 4mo
AmyG @Texreader Right? They are so cute. 4mo
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Abi M

Genre: Fiction
Date Started: 09.30.2019
Date Completed: 10. 16. 2019
How did you choose this book: I was looking around at the library and found this book.
Write a brief summary of the novel:

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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

Read this book as a family and wanted to love it, but it was lacking. The protaganist is annoying and not dynamic.The chapters of the main character talking to her dead best friend were weird. The story is building up to this big event and resolution that suddenly is switched in the end.The best part of the book is all of the facts about jellyfish! It didn't surprise me to read that the author originally wrote this as a nonfiction piece.

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Mort
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Loved this book on so many levels!

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crhealey
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“Ms? I don‘t have a book to read today.”

Lucky for you I come prepared. #allofthesewereinmybag #stacksonstacks #riotgrams #teachersoflitsy

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Johanna414
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Note to self: Stop reading sad books in the faculty room... it‘s always awkward when other teachers find you crying!

Even though this book basically crushed me, I can see why so many of my students loved it. It really is a beautifully written story!

TheBookKeepers I have this on my summer TBR shelf! I‘m going to have to start it soon 9mo
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Johanna414
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May has been the month of doctor visits... first Nina got cleaning product in her eyes and we were going to specialists to make sure they weren‘t damaged (she‘s fine), then We found out Lane needs to have surgery to remove a small mass in his ear, and today I learned that my thyroid is barely functioning... guess that explains the exhaustion! 🤦‍♀️
Anyways, I started this at the doctors office today and it made me cry in the first 50 pages.

Tamra That‘s a lot going on! 9mo
Soubhiville That does sound like a lot. Hugs 💕 9mo
CouronneDhiver Oh dear... that‘s a lot on your shoulders. I hope you find some rest with your books and Litsy family 😘😘 9mo
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Zmohammad
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This RF, is a New York Times Best Seller, and it is about a girl who has Autism. Her best friend gets stung by a jellyfish and dies. She goes through a whirlwind of emotions to get the answers she is searching for. This book can be used in the classroom as a LC so that students can discuss and engage with each other #LAE3414sp19

SofiaRoselli This seems like such a great emotional book. Students would benefit greatly from reading books from children with autisms‘ perspective. I definitely have to read this! 10mo
Zmohammad The UDL strategy 3.2 highlighting patterns and bi ideas would be great for this because you can discuss the different story aspects while you read. ESOL strategy 2 promoting cooperation aligns perfectly with this by incorporating it into a small group. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:the%20thing%20about%20jellyfis... this website provides excellent lesson plans on a novel study with students to complete in small groups. 10mo
ally11301 This book seems so emotional but such a good read! Love it. Great job on picking this book. I would love to read this one soon! 10mo
Kcallihan This book looks super cute and interesting!! You did a great job and successfully aligned your strategies! 10mo
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Booksnob
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This book is so good and I‘m learning a ton of facts about jellyfish, so much so that I‘m going to be afraid of swimming in the ocean when I‘m in Thailand this summer. 1 in 46 people have been stung by a jellyfish. Have you?

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glitterkitty459
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#marchstats #monthlywrapup #marchreads
I didn't read any comics this month 😱 I used my #Hoopla loans for some great #womenhistorymonth books
Only 4 physical books this month, and 4 audiobooks.
Can't even pick a favorite!! ❣️
(The tagged book didn't fit in collage)

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Wow, great job! 📖💖 11mo
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Peddler410
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Lovely! Sad but lovely. I enjoyed the author‘s use of — rememberings? I found myself genuinely liking Suzy. I saw a bit of myself in her — middle school was hard and I never seemed to know what the right thing to do/say was.

#2019middlegrade
#huggable

Now to wait for the movie.

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Peddler410
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I just learned this is becoming a movie.
Any Stranger Things fans here? Millie Bobby Brown is starring...
Reading this for the first time, I can‘t get the image of her out of my head — hence why I always read the book first. That said, I think she will be great in the role of Suzanne 😊

Sorry if I spoiled it for anyone else 😬🤦🏻‍♀️

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sprainedbrain
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I‘m not crying, you‘re crying. 🥺

This is a sweet, sad little middle-grade that I gifted to my daughter for Christmas a few years ago. She loved it, but I just now got around to it. A clever story about dealing with grief and about being different—this was a quick read and I only teared up a few times.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TieDyeDude Agreed. I read this in one day, very well done 1y
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TieDyeDude I really enjoyed this book! Great quote 1y
DimeryRene @Halecide47 This sounds like a book we need to read! ✨ 1y
Halecide47 @DimeryRene omg this looks lovely!!! 🌊 1y
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Bibliogeekery
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Happy Halloween!! 🎃 #jellyfish

Bookishthoughts This.is awesome. 1y
CouronneDhiver Good one!!! 👍🏽 1y
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Reggie amazing!!! 1y
julesG Very inventive. Great costume! 1y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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jb72
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Very nice middle school book. A great story and a beautiful cover #Jellyfish #middleschool #ATB

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RandomDancingKitty
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I read this book over the summer and I recommend this book so much!! It‘s more geared toward girls. Is a easy read I read it in 2 days! It‘s sorta sad but it‘s exciting and addicting!!😊😊

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jb72
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My plans for my October reads. I‘ve already finished Wishtree (good) and The Green Mile part 6 (excellent). I‘m currently reading The Thing About Jellyfish, and what a beautiful cover it has. #ATB

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SierraC
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The thing about jellyfish is a RF book written by Ali Benjamin, this book is great read for students in middle school and can be used for a LC & RA. We go on a journey in the book with the main character Suzy as she tries to uncover what was the real cause of death, to her best friend Franny. This book brings out so many emotions and can help students who have just recently experienced a death.

SierraC The link above is a fun class activity for students to find a topic in Science that they enjoy and they will create a two page spread on their topic using non fiction science text features. My ESOL strategies will be 4, and 13. I want to make sure my students have prior knowledge, and I provide enough scaffolding during this assignment . My UDL strategy 3.1 and 3.2, once they have background knowledge on the science topic they‘re picking I can 2y
SierraC Help them with non fictions science text. #UCFLAE3414Sub18 2y
DrSpalding You and another student read this book. Excellent resource. It really can be included in your science curriculum when learning about the ocean. I learned so much about jellyfish from reading this book. 2y
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Panpan

This book was pretty odd if i‘m being honest. Throughout the book, things just started to make less and less sense. (Like who would put frozen urine disks in someone else‘s locker??) I give it an 4/10.

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Thayes1787
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This RF national award winning novel “The Thing About Jellyfish” is a great book for LC or IR! Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy of her friends death must have been a rare jellyfish sting because things don't just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory.

Thayes1787 This book would be great for students to use their prior knowledge to connect to the main character “Suzy” (ESOL # 4) and UDL principle 3.1 - Activate or supply background knowledge. A KWL chart about jellyfish would be a great activity to do before and after this book with students! https://www.literacyworldwide.org/blog/literacy-daily/2016/11/09/putting-books-t...
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JayaJ This book sound really interesting. I would like to read it in the future! 2y
GGallegos I really want to read this book now! It seems so interesting and the lesson plan looks great! 2y
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Gabylaurel10 @Kaelya I think you‘d like this book it seems like it has to do with marine biology! 2y
DianaHerrera I love books like these because they‘re always interesting! I‘m going to add it to my stack of books to read 🙂 @Thayes1787 2y
Erothert Definitely need to read this! The lesson plan seems to work really well 2y
SierraC Loved this book! Awesome read for older kids :) 2y
DrSpalding I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about jellyfish! A graphic organizer would work well. It also has that death theme that I think is appropriate for elementary age students. 2y
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FinchandViolet
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I really liked this book. I would compare this book to A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness but only in the way that it handles grief for young people. This book was a quick read and I kept reminiscing back to when I was in Middle school and all of it felt so real. overall great read👍👍

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Amyb726
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Beautifully written story of friendship and tragic loss. Zu takes us on a journey of discovering who she is as she grieves for her best friend. Perfect beach read.

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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

This was a quick read for middle grade readers. The characters display the emotion of a younger person going through grief and life in general. I really liked this book for its positive view of the school. So often of late, we are associating schools with negativity, violence, and fear and this book really used the school to show a place of comfort and kindness in a lot of ways which I truly enjoyed.

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lil_ms_spitfire
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this quick read. I'd heard about it, and thought it might be a good book for my son. Obviously I didn't want to open any wounds, so I listened to it first. What a great book! Well done. Wish I'd had this a few years ago...

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crhealey
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Standardized Testing Day means doling out jolly ranchers to kids & catching up on kid lit. Our 7th graders are reading "The Thing About Jellyfish" for their end of the year book club & it's honestly one of the BEST middle grade books I've ever read, up there w/ "Because of Winn-Dixie" & "Walk Two Moons." It's an amazingly well written story about friendship & grief & I can't wait to talk about it w/ kids.

Now onto 8th grade's book: Masterminds!

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crhealey
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Pg 16 and already 😢😢😢

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crazyspine
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Back from my minivacation.
It's so difficult finding books about difficult topics that are completely clean and appropriate for middle grades, so I was excited when multiple middle schoolers recommended this as "the best book ever."
I tried not to, but I did end up crying.

EJG31 It was sad, but I loved it too. 2y
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crazyspine
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Look at this library #bookhaul.

BookBridget Wow!!!📑📓📑📓 2y
BookBridget Congrats on reaching 1000 Litfluence! 2y
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CatConstellations
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This book is so sad but so good in just the perfect ways👌👌👌😭😭😱😱😱😍😍😘💕also I am so sorry guys for not posting daily but their were some complications that could not allow me to catch up with u
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CatConstellations Also this my other cat Manny, a very subtle and calm, easygoing fluffy squishy ball of fur. He is basically Olive's step-brother!! 2y
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Megabooks Definitely cute! 2y
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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AndreaReads
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Starting off Spring Break right! My son and I stopped at Barnes to pick up some books (because the Easter bunny totally forgot those)! I picked up two books for #Booked2018 : Matilda (#ChildhoodFavorite ) and The Thing About Jellyfish (#Friendship ) and then The Phantom Tollbooth because I enjoyed that one as a kid and decided it was time for a reread! #SpringBreak2018

SomedayAlmost Love Matilda! 2y
Cinfhen Great choices!!! 😀‼️ 2y
JaclynW Can you believe I have not read any of these? 😯 I own Matilda and The Phantom Tollbooth. I need to get on that! 2y
AndreaReads @JaclynW 😲 Matilda is a must!!!!! I‘m reluctant to start The Thing About Jellyfish because it deals with the loss of a friend, and I lost my best friend when I was twelve, so those stories have been a little too hard for me ever since. 2y
JaclynW @AndreaReads Oh! I'm so sorry for your loss! 💕💕 That is so sad! It's understandable why those types of books would be tough for you. They are tough to read anyway! 😢 2y
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TieDyeDude
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A touching, imaginative debut novel about grief and loss. Very impressive work.

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