The Thing About Jellyfish

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The Thing About Jellyfish (ebook)

by Ali Benjamin

AR Level 5.0, 7 points

 

The Thing About Jellyfish is a story of heartache, mourning, science, and growth.  Suzy’s best friend drowns before the story begins, and Suzy has flashbacks to their happy times.  She also shows us when they started to drift apart, and finally when they were no longer friends.  Suzy has also decided to stop talking, despite her family’s efforts and support of her.  She has the idea that her friend was actually stung by a deadly jellyfish instead of drowning, and Suzy begins researching jellyfish and decides to travel to Australia to meet the scientist she believes can help her prove her theory.

What I liked about this book is that it includes so much scientific background, and the chapters are based around the scientific method.  Any science enthusiast will appreciate this aspect.  I personally learned a lot about jellyfish.  The author did a lot of research and based the scientists and several events and locations on real people.  It isn’t just a compelling story, but it will also teach its readers a thing or two about science.

What I didn’t like about this book is that it was frustrating that the other girls at Suzy’s school were so mean.  I wanted to stop reading at certain parts, because some of the kids were inhumane (murdering a frog?).  It was also really sad, and I’m sure if someone has lost a friend or family member suddently, it would be even more upsetting.

Book 32 of 40 (40 Book Challenge)

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