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Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is a young adult fiction book by Wendy Mass. The main characters in the story are Jeremy Fink and Lizzy Muldoon, and the setting is New York City. In the exposition of the story, Jeremy is given a locked box to be opened on his thirteenth birthday from his dead father, but there is a catch--all of the keys to the box have been lost.
The rising action of the story follows Jeremy and Lizzy's adventures as they attempt to reclaim all of the keys before Jeremy's birthday; one small catch is that both characters have to finish up a community service requirement for Mr. Oswald, who is retiring from his antique business. Mr. Oswald gives Jeremy the task of returning some items to individuals who pawned them to Oswald's grandfather when they were children. Ultimately through his encounters returning pawned items to their original owners, Jeremy succeeds in his mission and learns what his father had intended him to along the way.
This positive review is from an NYC librarian and offers good critical insight.
What does Lizzy teach Jeremy?
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