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Jeremy Fink has big plans for this summer with his best friend Lizzy, a notorious troublemaker (and no, he does not have a secret crush on her). He has everything he needs within a few blocks of his home, so he never has to leave his little neighborhood. And this summer, he officially becomes a teenager. A mysterious box engraved with the words "THE MEANING OF LIFE: For Jeremy Fink To Open On His 13th Birthday" arrives in the mail from Jeremy's long-departed father. The four keys needed to open the box are lost, setting Jeremy and Lizzy off on a quest to find them somewhere in the vastness of New York City. Along the way, they soon discover something about themselves in their search for the keys to the meaning of life.Author Wendy Mass is a recipient of the ALA's Schneider Family Award. She delights young audiences with her quirky characters that are easy to relate to.
©2006 Wendy Mass; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC
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"Well-written and captivating; the reader gets a chance to discover the meaning of life as well and will not be disappointed." (Kliatt)
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By Hector on 07-12-13

A Feel-Good Story That Opens The Heart & The Mind

Wendy Mass did another great job creating unique characters. Combine that with another amazingly unique story and you have a wonderful book. With his 13th birthday just a summer away, Jeremy gets the best present anybody can ask for - the exposure to life that will forever change the way he views the world...all thanks to his dad (who passed away when he was 8).

The story had a rough start, but less than an hour into this adventure I couldn't stop listening. Mass ends the story with a feel-good twist that I have come to now expect from her writing.

It is a wonderful story...maybe her best thus far. Definitely check it out.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-12-17

Great Story! Philosophy for Pre-Teens... & Adults!

I recommend this for adults who enjoy a thought-provoking kids' book and for kids who are philosophical and/or intellectually curious. It's a fun story about the meaning of life with a fairly simple, but fundamentally important message. I personally found the main supporting character somewhat annoying because I have a hard time with people who are not curious and with kids who are willfully incurious... but the author did a very good job of capturing multiple common personality types, which is a great thing for young readers to learn about. We all have strengths despite being wildly different from one another. Like I always tell my staff, having a tool shed full of hammers is not very useful to any project. The best tool shed has a huge diversity of tools.

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