Before the holidays, Book Club members met to receive their next book. During the meeting students were challenged to figure out the next selection by unscrambling words that were clues. Since this was a timed event with a prize for the winner, they enjoyed the competition. After revealing the answers, students were still unsure about the book title described by keywords such as Winnie the Pooh, state fair , and hula hoop. The final step in solving the mystery involved Googling combinations of the keywords to figure out the title of second book was Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass. I read a selection of the book to them and showed them the movie trailer. They were excited to hear the movie starring Mira Sorvino will be released directly to DVD in March.
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.