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Godless by Pete Hautman
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"Godless," a 2004 National Book Award winner written by Pete Hautman, tells the story of a fateful summer in the life of teenager Jason Bock. Fed up by his parents (a mother who believes any slight illness could mean impending death and a father who is a straitlaced lawyer) and their constant pushing of their Catholic religion, Jason, in a crisis of faith, decides to create his own religion: Chutengodianism. At the root of this new religion is the worship of the "10-Legged-One," which in reality is the town's monolithic water tower. Jason recruits several members for his church: his best friend Shin, a science geek who may be too easily persuaded; Dan, a local pastor's son; Magda, the town hottie; and Henry, a some-time bully that Jason both fears and admires. As the teenagers become more involved with the new religion and their parents become aware of their possible turn from God, events occur that will ensure this is a summer they will never forget.
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