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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #144: THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH by Ali Benjamin

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 

What I'm currently waiting for... 

by Ali Benjamin
Expected release date: September 22nd, 2015
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

A stunning debut about how grief can open the world in magical ways.

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. 


Why I'm waiting for THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH... 

First, the book's cover caught my eye immediately... 
the yellow font and how the sky is made to look like the sea is brilliant and pretty.

Secondly, the summary is very brief, but, I can already feel Suzy's heartache and need to make sense to what has happened to her friend. This little girl is desperately trying to make sense as to why this tragedy happened; she is doing what she has to do in order to grieve.

Lastly, there aren't many books out there that explore and help children through grief. Death is a very difficult subject to talk about in general, to anyone. As a parent, I am always looking for the right words to use, how to keep it 'short and straight' and then give them cookies and a funny movie so they don't dwell on the difficult subject that we just discussed. It's hard not to sugarcoat things for them. They need to know that things can happen. That things do happen. And having books like this really helps us to help them come to their own understanding. 

Now, please tell me, what are you waiting for right now??? 


  1. Ohhhh, I can't wait to read this book! I have it on my TBR for quite a while now and just LOVE the cover. It's so, so pretty! I don't usually read lots of children's books but this one sounds great and probably deserves to be read. I'll definitely check it out! Great pick! :D

    Here's my WoW! :)
    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages

  2. Wow, that cover is really pretty. I don't usually read contemporaries, especially middle grade contemporaries, but now I'm curious...
    My Waiting on Wednesday! !

  3. This sounds really interesting. I hadn't heard of it before, thank you for sharing it. Great pick!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My WoW

  4. I got a copy of this at BEA. Looks good. Nice choice! My WOW

  5. I won an ARC of this, and it really was great, definitely one of the best books I've read this year. I've also actually read several middle grade books dealing with death and grief recently, and this one blew the others away. I hope you enjoy it!


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