Jeremy Fink has been obsessed with the meaning of life ever since a box from his father arrived at his house five years after his father was killed in a car accident. Jeremy is determined to find the missing keys that will open the box that supposedly contains the meaning of life. Jeremy and his best friend Lizzy make it their summer quest to get inside the mysterious box. But after getting into some trouble, they get stuck doing community service together, helping an antique shop owner deliver things to different parts of the city. It turns out that these deliveries aren't always ordered, the recipients react unexpectedly, some with anger, some with tears. As Jeremy and Lizzy's summer adventures continue, they begin to discover the meaning of life and themselves along with it.
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.