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The Thing About Jellyfish
The 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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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 2mo
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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! 2mo
Soubhiville That does sound like a lot. Hugs 💕 2mo
CouronneDhiver Oh dear... that‘s a lot on your shoulders. I hope you find some rest with your books and Litsy family 😘😘 2mo
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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! 3mo
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. 3mo
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! 3mo
Kcallihan This book looks super cute and interesting!! You did a great job and successfully aligned your strategies! 3mo
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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! 📖💖 4mo
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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 7mo
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TieDyeDude I really enjoyed this book! Great quote 8mo
DimeryRene @Halecide47 This sounds like a book we need to read! ✨ 8mo
Halecide47 @DimeryRene omg this looks lovely!!! 🌊 8mo
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Bibliogeekery
Thing about Jellyfish | Ali Benjamin
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Happy Halloween!! 🎃 #jellyfish

LazyDays This.is awesome. 9mo
LazyDays 😍 9mo
CouronneDhiver Good one!!! 👍🏽 9mo
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Reggie amazing!!! 9mo
julesG Very inventive. Great costume! 9mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
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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 12mo
SierraC Help them with non fictions science text. #UCFLAE3414Sub18 12mo
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. 11mo
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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! 12mo
GGallegos I really want to read this book now! It seems so interesting and the lesson plan looks great! 12mo
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Gabylaurel10 @Kaelya I think you‘d like this book it seems like it has to do with marine biology! 12mo
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 12mo
Erothert Definitely need to read this! The lesson plan seems to work really well 12mo
SierraC Loved this book! Awesome read for older kids :) 12mo
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. 11mo
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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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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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seglitis
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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. 1y
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crazyspine
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Look at this library #bookhaul.

BookBridget Wow!!!📑📓📑📓 1y
BookBridget Congrats on reaching 1000 Litfluence! 1y
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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 Play go follow my loved 800th follower which I have tagged in this post!!!!!!😱😱💕😘😘😍😍😋😋😜😝😊😁☺️ (edited) 1y
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!! 1y
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Megabooks Definitely cute! 1y
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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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! 1y
Cinfhen Great choices!!! 😀‼️ 1y
JaclynW Can you believe I have not read any of these? 😯 I own Matilda and The Phantom Tollbooth. I need to get on that! 1y
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. 1y
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! 😢 1y
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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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Catmomsara
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I love promoting books in my classroom. For all you teachers out there, how do you promote books? #virginiareaders

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MelanieMefford

#GimmeGimme I read this book to my 5th graders every year. A great discussion about growing up, and how relationships are not constant.

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ARoseByAnyOtherName
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When in quarantine 😌 a perfect excuse to read........just please don't vomit on my books 😱😷

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LilyK

I‘m LilyK‘s friend, Saphrina_Kaetlyn! I signed her up on Litsy for her birthday present, but she won‘t know until her birthday! She‘s hopefully going to start out by reading The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, which is my favourite book!

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SofiPasternack
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All done! What a sad, beautiful book. ❤️❤️❤️

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S_Kaetlyn
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This has to be the best book I‘ve ever read. I got it for Christmas and finished it by Boxing Day! Once you start reading it, you won‘t be able to stop!

GabiC I love that book!!! It was amazing! 2y
SofiPasternack You‘re right, very fast read, compelling story, great lessons learned. Wonderful book! 2y
Chelleo Hi, welcome to Litsy! The #litsywelcomewagon will get you acquainted with things! I‘m adding this to my TBR list! 2y
RaimeyGallant What a great title. And welcome to Litsy! Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 2y
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Ever so often a book comes along that connects with me at just the moment. This is one of those books. A story told from the point of view of a 7th grader trying desperately to make sense of the death of her best friend, The thing about jellyfish captures so accurately the conflicting emotions after a loved one dies. It‘s not a happy story, and if you lose yourself in books like I do, you better make sure to have Kleenex ready. But it‘s worth it.

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SofiPasternack
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This has been in my TBR for months and I‘m finally reading it! I‘ve got my tissues ready. 😭😢😩

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Jody3
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This book should be sold with a pack of Kleenex. It is a warm and wonderful blend of healing from loss, dealing with middle school and not fitting in, learning that you have the power to hurt someone and you won‘t always have the chance to make it up to them . It‘s about the beauty of science. It‘s about the nature of bravery and heroism and family and love.

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Kat.Kao
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Going to a wedding in Miami the weekend before grades are due => slightly hysterical literature circle grading at 8:30 at night

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Kat.Kao
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This is what it‘s like to teach brown 11 year olds in 2017. Every time I hear the latest horrible/crazy thing this administration has done, I worry about the impact on my kids.

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Tee_x
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#currentlyreading started this A.M hoping to finish soon.. a sweet YA read x

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conniesboekkies
Suzy en de kwallen | Ali Benjamin
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VeroniquesBoekenhoekje Die zijkant 😍😍 2y
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goodbyefrancie
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Love, love, love my gifts from @Jinjer so much! The books are perfect, but the little bag...ohmygoodness! Just love it all, it made my day! #SummerSantaGoesPostal #SummerSolsticeBookExchange

@BookishMarginalia

CouronneDhiver The cat 😍 2y
goodbyefrancie @CouronneDhiver Right? It's wonderful! 2y
LibrarianJen The Thing about Jelly Fish is a great book! 2y
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JoeStalksBeck Omg I love that bag!!! 2y
TNbookworm Such a cute bag😺😻 2y
monkeygirlsmama Awesome bag! And this stack looks wonderful too. Sweet haul! 🤗 2y
Jinjer I'm so glad you liked everything! 2y
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NerdyGeekyFanboy
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Prachtig boek over rouw, hoop en een heleboel dierenfeitjes. Ik ben dol op Suzy! Vooral de Nederlandse uitgave is echt een plaatje!

CravingPages Zo veel liefde voor dit boek 😊😊😊 2y
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This is a fantastic middle grade and I love it through all the tears and laughs it gave. Suzy a 13 year old going through grief of the death of her best friend decides it's a jellyfish fault. She doesn't talk anymore hardly but she loves to learn and spends time studying all about these immortal dinosaur creatures and look past her hurt. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I adored it, I read it in a few hours because I couldn't put it down!

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This story was absolutely adorable. Death is something I never think about affecting kids so young, which is definitely BS because death happens everyday. Suzy is such a relatable character. I remember that awkward stage of not knowing where you fit in. This story was beautifully written and definitely sends the message to all ages that pain doesn't last and things will get better.

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I wish I'd had this book as a t(w)een. A young girl must learn to cope with the unexpected death of her friend and withdraws from the world. If you're looking for a poignant read, or one to help a teen grieve a loss, this is an excellent choice. I borrowed it from the library and bought a copy so I could have it on my shelf at home.