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Named to ALA's 2010 Rainbow Project list for GLBTQ Books for Children and Teens Book of Stuart, Chapter 1:10.
10 And, yea verily, Stuart did commit the Sin of Onan in the shower. And this was witnessed by his own brother who did cry out unto their mother. And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. 11 And the townspeople rose up against him and all Onaners, calling upon one another to tear the youthful sinners limb from unclean limb. And there was much pants wetting.12 And lo, Stuart did join forces with the demon, Fon Pyre, and together they did set forth to discover the cause of the town's trouble. 13 And, hark A pair of fallen angels would plant seeds of hatred unto the townspeople. And on the seventh day, Stuart did vow to rip the fallen angels a new one and layeth upon them an epic smacketh-down.
"'How could I possibly have known the storm that my simple act of gratification would set off?' After Stuart's younger brother catches the gay teenager in a moment of self-pleasure in the shower, it's not long before Stuart's family, church and small Canadian community are up in arms — complete with torches and pitchforks — over Stuart's sin. While this will initially seem like a stretch, especially given the (relative) acceptance of Stuart's sexuality by his devout friends and family, readers are quickly clued in. With the help of Fon Pyre, a demon he summons, Stuart discovers that the hate-mongering is the result of a fallen angel who parted ways with God due to differing views on masturbation. It's up to Stuart and a small band of fellow accused 'spillers' (as in seed) to drive away the powerful angel. Carter (Epoch) often uses his characters to parodical effect, though with the exceptions of Stuart and Fon Pyre, they can feel underdeveloped. It's a book that doesn't take itself too seriously, but will leave readers with plenty to consider, as it addresses themes of morality, sexuality and faith. Ages 14 — up. Some notable if less familiar subjects take starring roles in a broad selection of picture book biographies being released this fall." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Stuart Bradley knows there are a lot of reasons people in his small, conservative hometown might not approve of him. He's openly gay, he's mouthy in church, and he conjures demons in his spare time--the usual. So Stuart knows something is odd when his little brother catches him self-pleasuring in the shower and, before he knows it, an angry mob is chasing down every teen who ever had an impure thought.
Stuart soon discovers that the new preacher in town is more than he seems. He's a fallen angel-fallen because he became too obsessed with a certain harmless adolescent activity. If Stuart and his demon sidekick don't stop him, blindness is going to be the least of anyone's worries.Timothy Carter's (Toronto, Canada) short stories have appeared in several magazines throughout Canada, the United States, and Ireland. Evil? is his second young adult novel.
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