Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH, by Ali Benjamin

jellyfish

The story: Franny died in an accident, and former best friend Suzy can’t get past it. She feels guilty even though she wasn’t there, and to help herself cope, she’s given up on talking unless she absolutely has to. Nothing in her world makes sense…nothing except jellyfish. When she realizes that a jellyfish sting could be the reason for Franny’s death, she obsesses about the creatures, finally staging an attempt to meet one of the world’s foremost authorities on them. Can her family and friends keep her from going over the edge from sad to cray-cray?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you’ve ever lost a friend and felt like you were at least partially to blame (or if you just like stories about people dealing with hard things and getting better) give this one a try!

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