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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ali Benjamin Narrator: Sarah Franco Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A stunning novel 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Benjamin explores the heartbreaking subject of grief in the young with dreamy, meditative and elegiac prose. She successfully captures the anxieties of middle school through Suzy’s confusion and pain…There are…a lot of children who might not only benefit from this book but also find themselves deeply moved by it.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Seventh-grade narrator Suzy Swanson will win readers’ hearts.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “A moving portrayal of loss and healing…Benjamin’s novel is a shining example of the highs and lows of early adolescence.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Benjamin’s sense of timing and delivery is extraordinary, as she blends the visceral experiences of Suzy’s journey with an internal dialogue that is authentic and poignant….[a] superbly written, heartfelt novel.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This novel has it all: just-right pacing, authentic voices and characters, beautifully crafted plot, and superb writing.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “Surrounded by the cruelty of adolescence, [Suzy] is awkward, smart, methodical, and driven by sadness. She eventually follows her research far beyond the middle-school norm…A painful story smartly told…[with]appeal well beyond a middle-school audience.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Benjamin’s involving novel features clean, fluid writing that is highly accessible, yet rich with possibilities for discussion…An uncommonly fine first novel.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Finalist for the National Book Award
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for Fall
  • A #1 Amazon Bestseller
  • A Booklist Top 10 First Novel of 2015
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Children's Middle-Grade Books
  • A NPR’s Great Reads of 2015
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