Godless, a young adult novel by Pete Hautman, was published in by Simon & Schuster. It won the annual U.S. National Book Award for Young People’s. Godless [Pete Hautman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized. Free summary and analysis of the events in Pete Hautman’s godless that won’t make you snore. We promise.

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Here, we don’t ever know the separation of the church and the state. In the final pages of the novel, Jason expresses his envy for anyone with any kind of faith. Dec 19, Autumn rated it it was amazing. At the root of this new religion is the worship of the “Legged-One,” which in reality is the town’s monolithic water tower. The rest of the kids were into a lot of trouble, and they blamed Jason.

At the ending she is also shown as being a little villainous when in reality she didn’t do anything that was bad. What’s also WONDERFUL about this book is that the cult members–“Chutengodians,” who worship the town’s water tower as a god–do some stupid and dangerous things as a show of their faith, and in most books a preachy author would use this pattern of “kid doubts faith, kid gets in HUGE trouble or gets hurt due to events following directly from his lack of faith, kid returns to established faith and finds happiness.

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How would you describe yourself to others? With what frightening event does the gathering conclude? Although he neither made the initial break into the water tower, nor suggested most of the seriously delinquent activities, Jason’s father holds him responsible, noting that: Jason cannot convince Shin to come back down.

I am sure the fact that they all got in trouble with the police and with their family also had something to do with it. I know, crazy sounding, right?

Anyone 12 and up. He lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jason, the main character ended it with an epiphany or a reflection about himself, and there is that uncertainty about him and what he really believes in, that I find amazing and haunting.

Mercury By Lesley-Ann Jones. Because it seemed that no matter who she chose he godlezs have been a jerk, yet she was hated for her decision.

Paperback – pages – Sep 23, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: He got a couple members to join with him. While bringing to the fore penetrating questions about faith, Godless is also an insightful, often amusing narrative of what really goes on during a seemingly slow-paced teen summer.

Jason soon realizes that inventing a religion is a lot easier than controlling it, but control it he hahtman, before his creation destroys both his friends and himself.

It was completely dark.

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During a ceremonial midnight climb to the top of the water tower, the consequences of their passion turn from merely theoretical to near-deadly. One night the kids decided to climb on top of the tower with the help of Henry Stagg. In some parts the tone of the charters would be serious and then comical.


I really enjoyed the point of the book.

Godless – Pete Hautman

Unlike the other Chutengodians, Shin takes the religion seriously, believing the water tower is speaking to him. Godless By Pete Hautman.

Choose friends or classmates to portray Jason, Just Al, Magda, and other characters. But think about it.

What happens when the remaining members enter the water in chapter eighteen? 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.

Why does Jason follow Shin to the water tower in chapter twenty-seven? This is heady stuff for a short, young adult novel, but Hautman uses humor and snappy dialogue to leaven his weighty plot. Return to Book Page. Create an innovative way to share your research with family members, classmates, or friends, such as a dramatization, art installation, music video, or computer game.