FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
What are you reading?
Today I am sharing a book that I originally included in my Top Ten Middle Grade Novels of 2015 list. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin. So why now? Well this past weekend, my daughters and I ended up in a little tiny, one room library in a small town located in the Sierras. I do love a one room library – there is something appealing about a room where the books just don’t seem to fit, and every corner is loaded with stacks of books and bookshelves that look like they might need repair soon. So sitting in one of the chairs in this little tiny library was a young girl – probably 11 or 12 – reading The Thing About Jellyfish. And immediately I had this fabulously happy feeling as I was transported back to reading it. Keep in mind that I read this book six months ago and I’ve read many books since then, but oh the feeling, I remembered immediately! Sometimes a good book stays with you, and this is one of those books. Ali Benjamin’s story is one of friendship and loneliness, of heartbreak and healing, family and friends. Suzy is a 7th grader who faces big questions in life – and bravely asks them of herself, trying to make sense of the challenges she faces in losing her friend and the world changing around her. I wanted to rush over to this young reader and start talking to her, but of course I didn’t. She was transported herself, reading intently and completely absorbed in the story of Suzy Swanson and her best friend, not even paying attention to the people walking in and out of the little one-room library and stepping around the piles of books and carts. As it should be when one is reading a good novel.