Meet author Ali Benjamin and find out why her beautiful children's novel is a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. The Thing About Jellyfish made the "Best of 2015" lists in Booklist, School Library Journal, NPR, and Publishers Weekly - and is one of our favorite middle-readers ever! Benjamin explores the potential for love and hope after grief in this novel of a girl whose best friend dies in a drowning accident. Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting, and retreats into her imagination to craft a plan to prove her theory - even if it means traveling the globe, alone.
Ali Benjamin grew up outside New York City and spent countless childhood days catching bugs and frogs. The Thing About Jellyfish emerged from her fascination with the natural world. Today, she lives in rural Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and an Australian sheepdog named Mollie.