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