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Larry and the Meaning of Life (Paperback)

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Josh Swensen (otherwise known as Larry) can't seem to get off the couch. His usual overactive imagination and save-the-world mindset have all but vanished, and his best friend Beth is seriously worried.When Beth coaxes Josh into taking a walk at Walden Pond, Josh meets Gus Muldarian, a spiritual guru who convinces him to join his study group as a way to find deeper meaning in life. Josh thinks Gus is a joke. Still, feeling desperate and seeing no way out of his rut, he agrees to try it. What begins as a harmless Thoreau-esque search for meaning soon turns into Josh's most chaotic and profound adventure yet.

After the success of The Gospel According to Larry and Vote for Larry, Janet Tashjian returns with yet another tour de force a book that explores important topics and will keep teens hooked right until the unexpected end.

About the Author

Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including "The Gospel According to Larry," "Vote for Larry," "Fault Line," "Multiple Choice" and "My Life as a Book." Disney adapted "Tru Confessions" into a television movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. Tashjian studied at the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.

Praise For…


* “[A] clever, inspiring sequel.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review, Editor’s Pick)

“Once again, Tashjian manages to take a fairly unbelievable premise and make it seem more than fairly believable.” —The Horn Book

“Josh has a fresh, intelligent voice, filled with common sense, passion, and conviction . . . A solid and timely work that will make readers laugh, but more important, will make them think.” —VOYA



A Booksense Pick
A Best Book for Young Adults
A New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age
A Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book

Product Details
ISBN: 9780805097382
ISBN-10: 0805097384
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication Date: September 16th, 2008
Pages: 224
Language: English