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by Ali Benjamin

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2015-08-18
  • Pages : 70
  • ISBN : 0316266477
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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. Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish, with Gigi Pritzker set to produce with Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon.

The Thing About Jellyfish

The Thing About Jellyfish
A Book

by Ali Benjamin

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2015-09-22
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0316380830
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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. Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish, with Gigi Pritzker set to produce with Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon.

Summary Of The Thing About Jellyfish

Summary Of The Thing About Jellyfish
By Ali Benjamin

by Alma Duncan

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020-09-24
  • Pages : 74
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Thing About Jellyfish is American author Ali Benjamin's first novel. This title is a middle grade novel set in modern-day Massachusetts. Suzy Swanson, a seventh grader, is the protagonist and narrator of this contemporary, realistic story. The Thing About Jellyfish was a 2015 National Book Award for Young People's Literature Finalist. This guide follows the first edition from 2015 (Little, Brown and Company).The coming-of-age novel demonstrates the challenges of growing up, especially around matters of friendship. Suzy's best friend is Franny Jackson, but upon entering middle school, Franny makes new friends. Though Suzy tries to regain the balance in their friendship, she is confused when her attempts to stay close to Franny do not work, and Suzy is left feeling sad and anxious. Grief and confusion augment Suzy's growing understanding of the complexity of her world; though Suzy is unable to accept the senselessness of Franny's death, Suzy hypothesizes that Franny's death resulted from a jellyfish sting. She intends to prove her theory even if she must leave the country to do it.

Study Guide Student Workbook for the Thing about Jellyfish

Study Guide Student Workbook for the Thing about Jellyfish
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by David Lee

  • Publisher : Independently Published
  • Release : 2018-09-14
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 9781723711794
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Student Workbooks are designed to get students thinking critically about the text they read and provide a guided study format to facilitate in improved learning and retention. Teachers and Homeschool Instructors may use the activities included to improve student learning and organization. Students will construct and identify the following areas of knowledge. Character Identification Events Location Vocabulary Main Idea Conflict And more as appropriate to the text.

The Next Great Paulie Fink

The Next Great Paulie Fink
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by Ali Benjamin

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2019-04-16
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 031638089X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this acclaimed novel by the author of the award-winning, bestselling The Thing About Jellyfish, being the new kid at school isn't easy, especially when you have to follow in the footsteps of a legendary classroom prankster. When Caitlyn Breen begins her disorienting new life at Mitchell School--where the students take care of real live goats and study long-dead philosophers, and where there are only ten other students in the entire seventh grade--it seems like nobody can stop talking about some kid named Paulie Fink. Depending on whom you ask, Paulie was either a hilarious class clown, a relentless troublemaker, a hapless klutz, or an evil genius. One thing's for sure, though: The kid was totally legendary. Now he's disappeared, and Caitlyn finds herself leading a reality-show-style competition to find the school's next great Paulie Fink. With each challenge, Caitlyn struggles to understand a person she never met...but it's what she discovers about herself that most surprises her. Told in multiple voices, interviews, and documents, this funny, thought-provoking novel from the bestselling author of The Thing About Jellyfish is a memorable exploration of what makes a hero--and if anyone, or anything, is truly what it seems.

The Smash-Up

The Smash-Up
A Novel

by Ali Benjamin

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2021-02-23
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0593229665
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A marriage spirals out of control when the issues of our day—cultural, political, and social—become intensely personal in this fresh, whip-smart novel for readers of Meg Wolitzer and Fleishman Is in Trouble. “Sharply funny, perceptive, and surprising at every turn . . . Ali Benjamin is Edith Wharton with fresh eyes.”—Amy Bloom, author of White Houses It’s September 2018. In Washington, D.C.,—and in cities and towns across America—women have taken to the streets to protest a Supreme Court nominee. And in Starkfield, Massachusetts—a sleepy rural town where nothing much ever happens—Ethan Frome’s otherwise quiet life has turned upside down. Ethan’s wife, Zo, is so enraged by the national political scene that she’s transformed their home into a local headquarters for the Resistance. His college roommate and former business partner faces #metoo allegations, sending Ethan into increasingly desperate financial straits. His unruly, headstrong daughter, Alex, grows more challenging by the day. Enter Maddy Silver—a breezy, blue-haired millennial making her way through the gig economy. Suddenly Ethan and Zo must question everything: their past, their future, their marriage, and what they value most. And all the while, a world-rocking cultural smash-up inches ever closer to home. Inspired by a classic Edith Wharton novella about a strained marriage in a small town, The Smash-Up is at once an intimate, moving portrait of a family in distress, a vivid examination of our roiling national rancor, and a powerful exploration of how the things we fail to notice can shatter a family, a community, and a nation.

The Cleaner Plate Club

The Cleaner Plate Club
Raising Healthy Eaters One Meal at a Time

by Beth Bader,Ali Benjamin

  • Publisher : Storey Publishing
  • Release : 2011-01-19
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN : 1603427449
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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If you’ve ever had to grapple with picky eaters who won’t touch anything but chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin have a solution. Their unique ideas will help you present fresh foods that appeal to kids, eliminate food waste, and help you quit worrying about what your children eat. A must-have for every family, The Cleaner Plate Club is an easy recipe for healthier kids and happier parents.

Sea Change

Sea Change
A Book

by Dorothy Pitkin

  • Publisher : Pantheon Books
  • Release : 1964
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The events of a crucial summer bring a new perspective and maturity into the life of teenage Vicky Harbison. Grades 8-10.

Mayday

Mayday
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by Karen Harrington

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2016-05-24
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 031629800X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In the tradition of Counting By 7s and The Thing About Jellyfish, a heartwarming coming-of-age story about grief, family, friendship, and the importance of finding your voice Wayne Kovok lives in a world of After. After his uncle in the army was killed overseas. After Wayne and his mother survived a plane crash while coming back from the funeral. After he lost his voice. Wayne has always used his love of facts to communicate ("Did you know more people die each year from shaking a vending machine than from shark attacks?"). Without his voice, how will he wow the prettiest girl in school? How will he stand up to his drill-sergeant grandfather? And how will he share his hopes with his deadbeat dad? It's not until Wayne loses his voice completely that he realizes how much he doesn't say. Filled with Karen Harrington's signature heart and humor, Mayday tackles an unforgettable journey of family and friendship.

Birdie and Me

Birdie and Me
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by J. M. M. Nuanez

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2020-02-18
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0399186794
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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* "Belongs alongside Holly Goldberg Sloan's Counting by 7s, Cindy Baldwin's Where the Watermelons Grow, and Ali Benjamin's The Thing about Jellyfish. Highly recommended."--School Library Journal, starred review An emotional and uplifting debut about a girl named Jack and her gender creative little brother, Birdie, searching for the place where they can be their true and best selves. After their mama dies, Jack and Birdie find themselves without a place to call home. And when Mama's two brothers each try to provide one--first sweet Uncle Carl, then gruff Uncle Patrick--the results are funny, tender, and tragic. They're also somehow . . . spectacular. With voices and characters that soar off the page, J. M. M. Nuanez's debut novel depicts an unlikely family caught in a situation none of them would have chosen, and the beautiful ways in which they finally come to understand one another. Perfect for fans of The Thing about Jellyfish and Counting By Sevens. "A luminous debut."--Ashley Herring Blake, author of Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World, Stonewall Honor book

Once You Know This

Once You Know This
A Book

by Emily Blejwas

  • Publisher : Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • Release : 2017-09-19
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1524700991
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A girl wishes for a better life for herself, her mom, and her baby brother and musters the courage to make it happen in this moving and emotionally satisfying story for readers of Kate DiCamillo and Lynda Mullaly Hunt. “Once You Know This reminds me of a flower blooming in the crack of a sidewalk. It’s important, and it’s special. Just read it.”—Ali Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Thing About Jellyfish Eleven-year-old Brittany knows there has to be a better world out there. Lately, though, it sure doesn’t feel like it. She and her best friend, Marisol, stick together at school, but at home Brittany’s granny is sick, her cat is missing, there’s never any money, and there’s her little brother, Tommy, to worry about. Brittany has a hard time picturing her future as anything but a plain white sky. If her life is going to ever change, she needs a plan. And once she starts believing in herself, Brittany realizes that what has always seemed out of reach might be just around the corner. This debut novel by Emily Blejwas is perfect for readers who love emotionally satisfying books. Thoughtful and understated, it’s the hopeful story of a girl who struggles to make her future bright . . . and the makeshift family that emerges around her. A Junior Library Guild Selection

The Sea in Winter

The Sea in Winter
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by Christine Day

  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2021-01-05
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0062872060
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again. It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions. Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows that they just can’t understand how hopeless she feels. With everything she’s dealing with, Maisie is not excited for their family midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up. But soon, Maisie’s anxieties and dark moods start to hurt as much as the pain in her knee. How can she keep pretending to be strong when on the inside she feels as roiling and cold as the ocean?

The Jellyfish Generation

The Jellyfish Generation
A Book

by Mary Wirth Fenner

  • Publisher : Sterling House Pub
  • Release : 2001-10
  • Pages : 186
  • ISBN : 9781585010264
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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If This Were a Story

If This Were a Story
A Book

by Beth Turley

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2018-08-28
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1534420630
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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“An imaginative debut.” —Booklist “Hannah’s growth is organic and well earned.” —Publishers Weekly In the tradition of Crenshaw and The Thing About Jellyfish, ten-year-old Hannah copes with the bullies at school and troubles at home through the power of stories in this sweet and sincere debut. Tenacious. That means strong-willed. My mother calls me that. I wish I felt the same way. If this were a story, I would discover I was a direct descendent of a famous soldier who won countless battles and protected hundreds of people. This resilience running through my veins wouldn’t be damaged by the notes; it would fight off bullies and prevent my parents from yelling at each other. But this is not a story. This is real life. My life as ten-year-old Hannah Geller, who is the only girl in fifth grade to have little red bumps on her face, is unable to let the sad thoughts escape her mind, and leaves heads-up pennies wherever she can to spread good luck. And who also finds magic in the most unlikely of places.

What Happens Next

What Happens Next
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by Claire Swinarski

  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2020-05-19
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0062912690
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this heartfelt and accessible middle grade novel perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish, a young girl throws herself into solving a local mystery to keep from missing her older sister, who has been sent to an eating disorder treatment facility. Astronomy-obsessed Abby McCourt should be thrilled about the solar eclipse her small town of Moose Junction is about to witness, but she’s not. After her older sister Blair was sent away for an eating disorder, Abby has been in a funk. Desperate to dull the pain her sister’s absence has left, she teams up with a visiting astronomer to help track down his long-lost telescope. Though this is supposed to take Abby’s mind off the distance between her and Blair, what she finds may bring her closer to her sister than she ever thought possible.

Sure Signs of Crazy

Sure Signs of Crazy
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by Karen Harrington

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2013-08-20
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0316210579
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A poignant and powerful coming of age story perfect for fans of Wonder and The Thing about Jellyfish You've never met anyone exactly like twelve-year-old Sarah Nelson. While most of her friends obsess over Harry Potter, she spends her time writing letters to Atticus Finch. She collects trouble words in her diary. Her best friend is a plant. And she's never known her mother, who left when Sarah was two. Since then, Sarah and her dad have moved from one small Texas town to another, and not one has felt like home. Everything changes when Sarah launches an investigation into her family's Big Secret. She makes unexpected new friends and has her first real crush, and instead of a "typical boring Sarah Nelson summer," this one might just turn out to be extraordinary.

Captives of the Flame

Captives of the Flame
A Book

by Samuel R. Delany

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1963
  • Pages : 255
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Teaching With Heart

Teaching With Heart
Making Healthy Connections With Students

by Judith A. Deiro

  • Publisher : Corwin
  • Release : 1996-04-18
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Examines the methods that outstanding teachers use to develop healthy, caring relationships with their students without turning into counselors or parents.

The Rule of Threes

The Rule of Threes
A Book

by Marcy Campbell

  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release : 2021-05-11
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 179720453X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Part family drama, part contemporary thriller, Rule of Threes is a middle grade story about what happens when "perfect" is out of your control. An interior design enthusiast, twelve-year-old Maggie Owens is accustomed to living her life according to her own precise plans. But when she learns about Tony, a mysterious half-brother her own age who needs a place to stay, any semblance of a plan is shattered. Tony's mom struggles with an addiction to opioids, and now she's called upon Maggie's dad—who is also Tony's dad—to take him in. On top of everything, Maggie must also come to terms with the Alzheimer's afflicting her beloved grandmother. While Maggie can strive for—and even succeed in—a picture perfect design, when it comes to family, there is no such thing as perfection. To work through the sudden struggles rocking her world, Maggie must learn the importance of having an open heart. • A heart-wrenching, authentic, and darkly funny coming-of-age story • Addresses hard-hitting topics—such as divorce and substance abuse—with care and honesty • From Marcy Campbell, author of Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse Merci Suárez Changes Gears meets The Thing About Jellyfish in this compulsively readable novel. • Perfect for ages 10 and up • Appeals to those interested in stories about friendship and non-traditional families • Great for readers who love a bold and self-aware protagonist

Out of Place

Out of Place
A Book

by Jennifer Blecher

  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2019-06-04
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 0062748610
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When twelve-year-old Cove Bernstein becomes the target of a school-wide bullying campaign, she sets out to find a way to leave her home on Martha’s Vineyard for New York City, where her best friend lives. But Cove discovers that friends can appear in the unlikeliest places, and maybe home isn’t the worst place to be after all. Jennifer Blecher’s debut novel is a voice-driven story about bullying, friendship, and self-reliance that hits the sweet spot for fans of Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish and Erin Entrada Kelly’s You Go First. Twelve-year-old Cove Bernstein’s year has gone from bad to worse. First, her best friend, Nina, moved from Martha’s Vineyard to New York City. Then, without Nina around, Cove became the target of a bullying campaign at school. Escape seems impossible. But opportunities can appear when you least expect them. Cove’s visit to a secondhand clothing store leads her to a surprising chance to visit Nina, but only if she can win a coveted place in a kids-only design competition. Cove doesn’t know how to sew, but her friend at the retirement home, Anna, has promised to teach her. And things start really looking up when a new kid at school, Jack, begins appearing everywhere Cove goes. Then Cove makes a big mistake. One that could ruin every good thing that has happened to her this year. One that she doesn’t know how to undo. Jennifer Blecher’s accessible and beautifully written debut novel explores actions and consequences, loneliness, bullying, and finding your voice. This voice-driven friendship story is for fans of Rebecca Stead’s Goodbye Stranger and Jodi Kendall’s The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City. Includes black-and-white spot art throughout.