Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, grief, best friends, friendship, jellyfishes, middle school, pranks
Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson experiences profound grief when her ex-best friend drowns. She learns that jellyfish sting multiple people every day and comes to believe that her friend died because she was stung by a jellyfish. She determines to prove this, but, in the process, creates numerous problems for herself. Her family tries to help her, but she refuses to talk and holds everything inside. Eventually she tries to fly to Australia to meet with a jellyfish expert and prove her theory. She is not allowed on the plane and her mother comes to collect her at the airport. Suzy finally realizes that sometimes things just happen, and those left behind have to accept this and move on.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Thing About Jellyfish,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39
, Article 100.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss2/100