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Coaltown Jesus by Ron Koertge
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Coaltown Jesus

by Ron Koertge

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Jesus comes to Coaltown to comfort a grieving teen. Slim but funny and poignant. Raises some big ideas worthy of pondering. A savior that sports Chuck Taylor high tops is alright with me. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
Walker, a teenager grieving his brother's death, gets a visit from Jesus after praying for help. He and his mother, who live above the nursing home she runs, have been struggling to deal with Noah's death. This modern day Jesus spends some time with Walker and helps him come to terms with his loss.

This is a very quick read, written in verse, and in a lighthearted, humorous manner despite the heavier content. Good pick for reluctant readers.

Lexile: 390
AR BL: 3.1 UG
Recommended for: teens/tweens ( )
  liblb | Nov 2, 2014 |
Written in verse, this is a quick read and is a good choice for reluctant readers. Walker and his mother are grieving over the loss of Walker's brother Noah. A highly unconventional Jesus appears in response to a plea from Walker. This has a light touch so as not to turn off readers but it is thought provoking. ( )
  ChristianR | Mar 31, 2014 |
This book was recommended to me because it was a book in verse. It is a small book and therefore a quick read. What would you do if your brother died and you kept praying for God to take your mother's grief away and suddenly Jesus is in your bedroom. A nice book about healing after death. ( )
  TeamDewey | Feb 20, 2014 |
I didn't know this book was about grief when I picked it up, so it was a bit of a downer to read. But on the other hand it was really refreshing because I tend to read mostly fantasy. I liked the quirkyness of the characters and the way that the boy was able to process his grief. It was also super easy to read because it is writen in short verse. ( )
  LoftyIslanders | Feb 7, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763662283, Hardcover)

When Jesus shows up in Walker’s life, healing triumphs over heartbreak in Koertge’s finest and funniest novel yet.

Walker shouldn’t have been so surprised to find Jesus standing in the middle of his bedroom. After all, he’d prayed for whoever was up there to help him, and to help his mom, who hadn’t stopped crying since Noah died two months ago. But since when have prayers actually been answered? And since when has Jesus been so . . . irreverent? But as astounding as Jesus’ sudden appearance is, it’s going to take more than divine intervention for Walker to come to terms with his brother’s sudden death. Why would God take seventeen-year-old Noah when half of the residents in his mom’s nursing home were waiting to die? And why would he send Jesus to Coaltown, Illinois, to pick up the pieces? In a spare and often humorous text, renowned poet Ron Koertge tackles some of life’s biggest questions — and humanizes the divine savior in a way that highlights the divinity in all of us.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:34 -0400)

"Walker shouldn't have been so surprised to find Jesus standing in the middle of his bedroom. After all, he'd prayed for whoever was up there to help him, and to help his mom, who hadn't stopped crying since Noah died two months ago. But since when have prayers actually been answered? And since when has Jesus been so irreverent?" - Amazon.com… (more)

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