Larry and the Meaning of Life

Janet Tashjian

Square Fish

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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—Larry and the Meaning of Life, a book that explores important topics and will keep teens hooked right until the unexpected end.

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Larry and the Meaning of Life
PART ONE"Things do not change; we change." 
Henry David Thoreau WaldenThere is nothing good on television at three o'clock in the morning. I've spent months doing research; I know. Like a media-fueled zombie, I clicked from channel 02 to 378 then back again, night after night. The programming was dreck, but the images and sounds comforted me. I'd been home for a few months after traveling the country by bus to try and find my girlfriend, Janine.1 After eight months on the road, I realized she was history.

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Praise for Larry and the Meaning of Life

Praise for VOTE FOR LARRY

* “[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

 

Praise for THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LARRY

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


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About the Author

Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including The Gospel According to Larry, Vote for Larry, Fault LineMultiple 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.

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Larry and the Meaning of Life
Janet Tashjian

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
7/15/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250050359
ISBN10: 1250050359
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up
$9.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2008
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805077353
ISBN10: 0805077359
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 760L
AR Quiz Number: 36568 EN
AR Book Level: 5.4
AR Points: 5

$16.95

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks
September 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805097382
ISBN10: 0805097384
Young Adult Fiction
5.5 x 8.25 inches, 224 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$17.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466822887
ISBN10: 1466822880
Young Adult Fiction224 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$7.12
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