Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Larry and the Meaning of Life

Larry and the Meaning of Life

The Larry Series (Volume 3)

Janet Tashjian

Square Fish



Trade Paperback

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.


Larry and the Meaning of Life

"Things do not change; we change."

Henry David Thoreau Walden
There is nothing good on television at three o'clock in the morning. I've spent months doing research;...


Praise for Larry and the Meaning of Life

“* [A] clever, inspiring sequel.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review, Editor's Pick) on VOTE FOR LARRY

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

“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 on VOTE FOR LARRY

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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 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.

Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian

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