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Godless

by Pete Hautman
| Item # P1442
Godless P1442
Format: Paperback
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Teenager Jason Bock thinks more about a confrontation with volatile Henry Stagg, his friendship with snail and slug-loving oddball Shinn, and his uncertain feelings for pretty Magda Price than he does about his faith. Then a simple gag makes faith the centerpiece of his summer: What if the town water tower is God?Jason shares his quirky observation with Shin and soon finds himself the head of a new religious sect of "Chutengodians" worshipping the metal edifice they now call the "Ten-legged One." As the hot summer days pass, some Chutengodians begin to take the existential mindgame more seriously than Jason himself. During a ceremonial midnight climb to the top of the water tower, the consequences of their passion turn from merely theoretical to near-deadly. Suddenly, Jason realizes that the "religion" he created has taken on a life-altering momentum of its own-one that he, perhaps, cannot control.While bringing to the fore penetrating questions about faith,Godlessis also an insightful, often amusing narrative of what really goes on during a seemingly slow-paced teen summer. The novel neither exalts nor eschews established religion, but instead explores the nature of worship, the act of questioning one's beliefs, and the power of charisma and clever ideas. Jason Bock is a compelling antihero, a leader who never intended to lead, and an ordinary teenager facing the extraordinarily timeless challenge of wondering if there is a place for God in his complex, commodified, and mostly secular life.ABOUT THE AUTHORPete Hautmangrew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, attended both the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota, and worked as a sign painter, a graphic artist and a marketing executive before turning to writing. His first novel, Drawing Dead, an adult mystery, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1993. Since then he has written a number of other adult titles, such asMrs. Million and Doohickey,and critically-acclaimed and award-winning ti

Product Information

  • AR Level4.1
  • AR Quiz Number78884
  • AR Quiz Points6
  • AuthorPete Hautman
  • Page Count208
  • ISBN101416908161
  • ISBN139781416908166
  • PublisherSimon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Year Published2005
  • Grade Level7 - 12
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectGeneral fiction (Children's/YA)
    Social issues: religious issues (Children's/YA)
  • ImprintSimon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

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