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.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.Read Less
I found this book completely not worth my time. It was the latest selection in our schools book club. It's about some kids that have this crazy idea to worship a water tower. They become obsessed with this water tower and even dare to climb the hundreds of feet to the top. They get caught though and get in different sorts of trouble. I didn't like this book because it was very heavy on religion, if religion doesn't even slightly interest you I don?t even suggest you pick it up. The kids in this book aren?t mature at all for their age. I expected more out of the characters and expected to see them change more than they did, but in the end, the outcasts they were to begin with remained outcasts. I felt this book didn?t evolve as much as it should have and it doesn?t have a really good closure at the end either. I don?t suggest it.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-11-07 PW called this novel, in which a rebellious high schooler starts his own church, the Chutengodians, who worship the "Ten-legged God" their town's water tower, "provocative." Ages 12-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2004-06-28 "Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion? All you need is a disciple or two. And a god." So says narrator Jason Bock, a high schooler rebelling against the church "outreach" program his father insists he attend. On the spur of the moment, he starts his own church, the Chutengodians, who worship the "Ten-legged God" their town's water tower. It begins as a joke, with Jason and his friends creating rules that he thinks are as arbitrary as the rules of the Catholic Church (they observe Sabbath on Tuesday, the first commandment is "thou shalt not be a jerk"), but Jason's "followers" begin taking the new religion seriously. Many teens will likely recognize or identify with Hautman's (Sweetblood; Mr. Was) religious critiques; others may be offended (discussing Holy Communion, Jason describes the host as "a sliver of Jesus meat. But they make the host as different from meat as they can, so that even though communion is a form of cannibalism, nobody gets grossed out"). However, while Hautman pushes his satirical story line to the limit, he doesn't bring to it the depth or subtlety of his previous works (for example, Jason's dare to others to disprove that the water tower is God doesn't elicit the obvious response that the tower is man-made). The result is a provocative plot, but not an entirely challenging novel. Ages 12-up. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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