msmaravilla, June 19, 2008 (view all comments by msmaravilla)
My partner and I read this book out loud with our ten year old son. We loved how it had a riveting mystery plot, but also a narrator that stressed the importance of mindfulness and planning for the future. The relationships the protagonist had with his best friend (a girl! Love it!), his mom, and his dead father (in memory ) were genuine and touching. This is a great transition book that opened up some great philosophical discussions for us with our "tween."
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No (4 of 10 readers found this comment helpful)
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Used Trade Paper
0 stars -
Little Brown and Company -
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...
by School Library Journal,
"[A] warm picture of parental love and wisdom and of a boy growing into his own understanding and acceptance of life."
"Well-written and captivating."
by Children's Literature,
"The surprising plot twists make this story one kids will want to read more than once."
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.
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.