What if God was a water tower? That is what 16-year-old Jason thinks the day the local punk kid and he get into a fight and Jason finds himself looking up at the town water tower. What follows is something that is as powerful as faith itself. A great look at friendships, faith, the power that brings and can be how it is used or abused. Hautman once again creates a world that takes on a life of its own when what what started out as a joke quickly gets out of hand. Great novel by a powerful voice in young adult literature. Winner of the National Book Award for Young Adults, 2005. — Jeanette
"Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion?" 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. 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.
About the Author
Pete Hautman is the author of National Book Award–winning novel Godless, Sweetblood, Hole in the Sky, Stone Cold, The Flinkwater Factor, The Forgetting Machine, and Mr. Was, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, as well as several adult novels. He lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at PeteHautman.com.
"Thought provoking and unique." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Anyone who has questioned his or her religion, especially as a teenager, will respond to Jason's struggles with belief." -- Booklist, starred review