Grade 7 Up–Jason is a smart 15-year-old, an agnostic-leaning-toward-atheism, who resists following in the footsteps of his devoutly Catholic father. Getting clocked under the water tower by the nasty and unpredictable Henry leads Jason and his friend Shin to combine their talents to posit a new religion. "Chutengodianism" sanctifies water, the source of all life, as manifested by the Ten-Legged God, aka that same million-gallon water tower. Creating the creed on the fly, Jason soon gathers a handful of acolytes, including his former nemesis. Their midnight pilgrimage to the top of the tower for worship transmutes into an impromptu baptism when Henry hacksaws through the padlock. Their swim rouses sexy thoughts about Magda, stripped to her panties and bra, balanced soon after by panic when it seems they might be trapped. Regaining the top of the tank, Henry slips and sustains severe injuries crashing onto a catwalk below. Fortunately for him, the authorities have already arrived. The Church is busted and the faithful face new trials and temptations. These are fun, wacky, interesting characters. While chuckling aloud may be common in the early chapters, serious issues dominate the latter stages of the book. The rivalry between Jason and Henry for the attentions of Magda, Jason's unrepentant certainty that doing what he sees as right is more important than following his parents' rules, and Shin's apparent continued belief in the tenets he helped create are thought-provoking and disturbing. Jason is left to ponder the meaning of a religion that has only himself as a member.–Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA
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The History of Porcelainism
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With that being said, Jason and his friends in godless create what they call a new religion. We may see what they are doing and classify it as more of a group, a secret society, or club. What types of organizations like Chutengodianism did you partake in as a child? If you were not in any, what are some that you saw other kids participating in? What did these mean to you? Do you think such groups are beneficial or detrimental to adolescents in today's society? Why?
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Swimming in God
Jumping into freezing Lake Superior may seem like a dumb thing to do, but what makes this any different than swimming in a water tower? In godless, Jason, Magda, Dan, and Henry jump into the water tower just for the thrill of it. When you were an adolescent did you ever engage in any thrilling experiences that may not have been very smart of you? Why do you think adolescents look for thrill in their lives?