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- Publisher: Scholastic Book Services (January 1, 2006)
- ASIN: B002Q6VUF0
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,158,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
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For many kids, turning thirteen is a big deal. After all, you're about to become a legitimate teenager, a purveyor of mystic knowledge, an "almost-adult" in a world ruled by adults. For Jeremy, turning thirteen has always been a goal. Now, though, there's another, much more important goal--finding a way to open this magnificent box without breaking it, since no one seems to know where the four keys are that are needed to open the locks. Even more unimaginable is the fact that his father seems to have sent him his birthday gift from beyond the grave. You see, years ago, when Jeremy was eight, his father had died. Had died, actually, at the age of thirty-eight, two years before the fortune teller had told him on his own thirteenth birthday that he would die at age forty.
It's important to Jeremy to open that box. It's imperative. It's a necessity. Somehow, his father knew the true meaning of life, and he's managed to provide Jeremy with that tantalizing secret. But how will he get the box open without breaking it--something he refuses to do?Read more ›
I liked the book very much. I liked it because it was always exciting and I was always on the edge of my seat. It was always a mystery, where would the keys be, who had them, how would Jeremy find them? There were so many questions that were always unanswered until the climax and the end. It was a mysterious story that was very exciting. I also liked the book, because the book's ending was satisfying. They explained the whole trick behind it all, how everything was planned, and they answered all the questions that popped up in my head while I was reading. Another reason why I liked the book was that the main conflict interested me. I wanted to know what was in that box as much as they did. I wanted to know what the meaning of life is, even though everyone has a different view of what the meaning of life is; it changes for everyone.
The author's writing style had unique characteristics. The writing was very creative and realistic. All the ideas she came up with to make the story flow were very creative. The characters were also very realistic. Any kid I know would jump at the chance to find out the meaning of life, just like they did. The dialogue was also very realistic and was also very well written.Read more ›
Five years later, one month before his thirteenth birthday, Jeremy gets a package in the mail that contains a locked, carved box and a note from his father. Fascinated by this gift, Jeremy and his lifelong best friend Lizzy are initially saddened to hear that the keys to the box were lost. Almost immediately, they become determined to find these keys and discover the meaning to life, something which the carving and the note both promise.
The search that follows is filled with ups and downs, tears and smiles, as Jeremy and Lizzie meet many strange and wonderful adults who attempt to help them unlock the box. Though Jeremy ultimately learns that some things are set up to happen in a certain way to aid him in his search, he embraces spontaneity a little bit as well. Throughout the story, he honors the memory of his father, as does his mother. She is still mourning the loss of her husband but is nevertheless a strong character who is a great means of support for her son. He is surprised when he realizes how much she needs him, too.
Think of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass as I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak for the younger set. As with her previous novels A Mango-Shaped Space and Leap Day, Mass has created a book that will make readers think about life on a grand scale as well as a more personal one. This Meaning of Life is a sweet, touching tale, and readers need only to turn the pages to discover it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only one month before his thirteenth birthday, Jeremy Fink and his best friend Lizzy Muldoun receive a mysterious package in the mail. Read morePublished 23 days ago by James Vachowski
I had to read this book for a school book club, but found myself on the edge of my seat. This book is GREATPublished 1 month ago by Guy E. McCumber Jr.
This book is a major tear-jerker, for me - not because anyone gets severely ill or dies but, rather, because one boy's father, in conjunction with his mother and a family... Read morePublished 3 months ago by RainbowExplorer
Read the book before watching the movie .. it's fun to see all the missing parts in the movie !Published 3 months ago by robert
I love it so much. It's very suspenseful and has cliff hangers and what not and I just really liked the hole conceptPublished 5 months ago by Mya
Love, friendship, the meaning of life, coming of age, the journey is more important than the destination, savor each moment. Lovely book.Published 5 months ago by Ruth in California