Synopses & Reviews
"Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion?" andlt;BRandgt; Fed up with his parents' boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god -- the town's water tower. He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers: his snail-farming best friend, Shin, cute-as-a-button (whatever that means) Magda Price, and the violent and unpredictable Henry Stagg. As their religion grows, it takes on a life of its own. While Jason struggles to keep the faith pure, Shin obsesses over writing their bible, and the explosive Henry schemes to make the new faith even more exciting -- and dangerous. andlt;BRandgt; When the Chutengodians hold their first ceremony high atop the dome of the water tower, things quickly go from merely dangerous to terrifying and deadly. Jason soon realizes that inventing a religion is a lot easier than controlling it, but control it he must, before his creation destroys both his friends and himself.
"Thought provoking and unique." andlt;BRandgt; -- andlt;Iandgt;Kirkus Reviews,andlt;/Iandgt; starred review
"Anyone who has questioned his or her religion, especially as a teenager, will respond to Jason's struggles with belief."andlt;BRandgt; -- andlt;Iandgt;Booklist,andlt;/Iandgt; starred review
When sixteen-year-old Jason Bock and his friends create their own religion to worship the town's water tower, what started out as a joke begins to take on a power of its own.
About the Author
Pete Hautman is the author of andlt;iandgt;Godlessandlt;/iandgt;, which won the National Book Award, and many other critically acclaimed books for teens and adults, including andlt;iandgt;Blank Confessionandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;All-Inandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Rashandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;No Limitandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Invisibleandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Mr. Wasandlt;/iandgt;, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Pete lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at PeteHautman.com.