In one month Jeremy Fink will turn thirteen. But does he have what it takes to be a teenager? He collects mutant candy, he won't venture more than four blocks from his apartment if he can help it, and he definitely doesn't like surprises. On the other hand, his best friend, Lizzy, isn't afraid of anything, even if that might get her into trouble now and then.
Jeremy's summer takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious wooden box arrives in the mail. According to the writing on the box, it holds the meaning of life! Jeremy is supposed to open it on his thirteenth birthday. The problem is, the keys are missing, and the box is made so that only the keys will open it without destroying what's inside. Jeremy and Lizzy set off to find the keys, but when one of their efforts goes very wrong, Jeremy starts to lose hope that he'll ever be able to open the box. But he soon discovers that when you're meeting people named Oswald Oswald and using a private limo to deliver unusual objects to strangers all over the city, there might be other ways of finding out the meaning of life.
Lively characters, surprising twists, and thought-provoking ideas make Wendy Mass's latest novel an unforgettable read.
Praise for Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life: Junior Library Guild Premier Selection Fall 2006 Book Sense Children's Pick for Winter Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection
[starred] "This exquisitely executed plot twist, combined with an ending that requires a few tissues, makes this soulful novel one not to miss." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Well-written and captivating; the reader gets a chance to discover the meaning of life as well and will not be disappointed." --KLIATT
Praise for Every Soul a Star: [star] "Readers who like quietly self-reflective novels like Lynne Rae Perkins's Criss Cross and Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl books will also enjoy this compelling and through-provoking story." -- School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for A Mango-Shaped Space: ALA Schneider Family Award
"From the moment I read a story by Wendy Mass I knew she was a writer to watch." --Judy Blume
Wendy Mass won the ALA Schneider Family Book Award for her first young readers' novel, A Mango-Shaped Space, about a girl with the fascinating condition synesthesia. In Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, a boy embarks on a life-changing journey. In Every Soul a Star, three very different kids are brought together by a solar eclipse; and in The Candymakers, four kids enter the contest of a lifetime. The Space Taxi series sends a boy and a talking cat on adventures to distant planets, and the Willow Falls books (beginning with 11 Birthdays) add a dash of magic into a small town. Wendy lives in New Jersey with her family.