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Godless (Paperback)

Author:  Pete Hautman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1416908161
ISBN-13: 9781416908166
Sku: 31218072
Publish Date: 10/25/2005
Pages:  198
Age Range:  16 to 21
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Winner of the National Book Award. Fed up with his parents' boring religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god and recruits an unlikely group of worshipers. He soon realizes that inventing a religion is a lot easier than controlling it.
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When Jason decides to make a mockery of religion by starting his own faith that revolves around the worshipping of a water tower, his friends go along with the gag until "followers" begin to look to them for guidance and Jason's friends get power-hungry in their roles as founders of the new faith. Reprint.
Teenager Jason Bock, a self-proclaimed "agnostic-going-on-atheist," turns his back on his parents' Catholicism and creates his own religion: Chutengodianism, whose god is the town's water tower. At first his fellow worshippers are few, just his friends Dan, Magda, and Shin (who as the First Keeper of the Sacred Text is responsible for writing Chutengodianism's bible). However, as more disciples join his faith, Jason begins to lose control of Chutengodianism, and he realizes that, although it may have been easy to create his own religion, it will be very hard indeed for him to control what it becomes. Winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.


Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The book expertly captures the blend of snarky humorousness and seriousness with which young people often launch ideas--though Jason doesn't believe in the Ten Legged God per se, he's making a genuine inquiry into the nature of belief, and he's also sincerely struggling with questions about the consequences of his actions." - Deborah Stevenson June 2004

Kirkus Reviews
"Jason's explorations of faith, belief, and religion, told in a compelling and imaginative voice, will leave him a solitary, ostracized prophet. Thought-provoking and unique." 05/01/2004

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   12
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0198
Product attributePublisher:   Simon Pulse
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