Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

Hardcover, Turtleback Books  2008, 289 pages
ISBN-13: 9781417813988

 Funny, quirky,  touching and insightful are just a few of the words that describe this book. Just before his 13th birthday Jeremy Fink receives a box sent to him by his father who died five years ago. The box says it contains the meaning of life and that Jeremy is to open it on his birthday. However, the  problem is that the  box requires four keys to open it and the keys have been lost. Jeremy and his best friend Lizzy spend the rest of the summer trying to find the keys. Along the way they have a great adventure and learn a lot about life.  The author Wendy Mass is able to pull off what is essentially a tricky topic on which to engage young readers.

Reading Ability: Grades 5 to 7

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Theme: Friendship, acceptance, growing-up, self-esteeem, death

Who would like the book: Junior/Intermediate Boys and Girls

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2 Responses to Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

  1. Velma says:

    I read this and thought it was a great book. Two of my girls were encouraged to read it and found it very hard to get t into. After struggling with it for a few weeks, one of the grade 7 girls came to me and said she was so glad she had stuck with it. She now thought it was a GREAT book! It’s good to see that they know books are worth the wait!

  2. bookworm says:

    I also enjoyed this book. Some of my lower-level readers really found it easy to read, and had no difficulty sticking with it. I found the ending a little slower than the beginning.

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