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Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Lifeby Wendy Mass
For Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzy, it's summer break. But this is not just any summer break. It's the most important one: Jeremy's turning 13. However, his life is turned upside down when he receives a mysterious postal delivery. It's from his dad, who died when Jeremy was eight. Inside the the package he finds an ornately carved wooden box with a special locking system. It was sent to him from a lawyer, who has held it for the last five years as requested in his dad's will, and it promises to contain the Meaning of Life. But there is a problem: the lawyer lost the keys. Jeremy and Lizzy have just one month till his birthday to figure out how to open the gift. See if they can do it...
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In one month Jeremy Fink will turn thirteen. But does he have what it takes to be a teenager? He collects mutant candy, he won't venture more than four blocks from his apartment if he can help it, and he definitely doesn't like surprises. On the other hand, his best friend, Lizzy, isn't afraid of anything, even if that might get her into trouble now and then.
Jeremy's summer takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious wooden box arrives in the mail. According to the writing on the box, it holds the meaning of life! Jeremy is supposed to open it on his thirteenth birthday. The problem is, the keys are missing, and the box is made so that only the keys will open it without destroying what's inside. Jeremy and Lizzy set off to find the keys, but when one of their efforts goes very wrong, Jeremy starts to lose hope that he'll ever be able to open the box. But he soon discovers that when you're meeting people named Oswald Oswald and using a private limo to deliver unusual objects to strangers all over the city, there might be other ways of finding out the meaning of life.
Lively characters, surprising twists, and thought-provoking ideas make Wendy Mass's latest novel an unforgettable read.
"[A] warm picture of parental love and wisdom and of a boy growing into his own understanding and acceptance of life." School Library Journal
"Well-written and captivating." KLIATT
"The surprising plot twists make this story one kids will want to read more than once." Children's Literature
Everything changes when the box arrives — a posthumous gift from Jeremy's father who died five years ago — setting Jeremy out on a incredible adventure.
Jeremy Fink has been obsessed with the meaning of life ever since a box from his father arrived at his house five years after his father was killed in a car accident. Jeremy is determined to find the missing keys that will open the box that supposedly contains the meaning of life. Jeremy and his best friend Lizzy make it their summer quest to get inside the mysterious box. But after getting into some trouble, they get stuck doing community service together, helping an antique shop owner deliver things to different parts of the city. It turns out that these deliveries aren't always ordered, the recipients react unexpectedly, some with anger, some with tears. As Jeremy and Lizzy's summer adventures continue, they begin to discover the meaning of life and themselves along with it.
About the Author
Wendy Mass has written several non-fiction books and short stories for magazines, and has also co-founded a teenage literary magazine, Writes of Passage. She graduated from Tufts University and earned an M.A. in English from California State University, Long Beach, and a Doctorate of Letters from Drew University. She is also the author of Leap Day.
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