Saturday, July 15, 2006
68. "Godless" ~ Pete Hautman
Agnostic verging-upon-atheist Jason Bock scrapes the flint against his father's skewed Catholic beliefs by creating his own religion. Smart-ass to the core, he decides to embrace the city's water tower as the icon of his new religion; when his best friend, "Shin," can't refute this possibility of God as water tower, Jason forms the Chutengodians.
This is a young adult novel that is written with such intelligence that it makes adults feel the pressures and uncertainty of adolescence and teenagers the wisdom of many lifetimes. Hautman creates three-dimensional characters that represent and/or idealize certain human qualities, each flawed just enough to like him or her.
Definitely a keeper for the YA lesson plans...
4.5 out of 5.0 Liquor-Free Orange Bucks.
Posted by Kristin at 11:35 PM