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The gospel of the knife
Shetterly, Will.
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Shetterly?s sequel to Dogland (1997) finds Christopher Nix, a troubled adolescent, struggling through the cultural turmoil of 1969 Florida. While running from a trio of hippie-hating bullies, Chris manages to ride his bike across a murky pond while a pursuer sinks, but he later finds a hidden branch under the water and tells himself it must have supported him. Running away from home after a fight with his father, Chris winds up romantically and then literally entangled with CC, a wild young woman trying to escape her aunt?s obsession with Jesus. Then his life changes radically when a rich stranger offers to fund his education at a fancy prep school. Chris soon learns the reason for the generosity, and the small miracles that appear to follow him wherever he goes: he?s actually one of the elohim, a divine being in human guise. Shetterly seems to want to make some sort of point about adolescence and faith, but like the pond, his intent is often occluded, and not every reader will be able to make it to the far side. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Christopher Nix, a 14-year-old boy in 1969, meets a man who gives him a "gift," then disappears without actually giving him anything. Days later, a mysterious benefactor pays for Chris to attend an exclusive academy and makes him his adopted son and heir to the family's supernatural powers. As Chris tries to make sense of what has just happened, he faces a moral and spiritual crisis that ultimately leads to an understanding of who he really is. Shetterly's (Dogland) compelling coming-of-age-story is also a cautionary tale of power and the perils that surround it. A thoughtful selection for most libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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