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Coaltown Jesus Richie s Picks COALTOWN JESUS by Ron Koertge, Candlewick, October 2013, 128p., ISBN 978 0 7636 6228 3 Never been a sinner, I ve never sinnedI ve got a friend in JesusSo you know that when I dieHe s gonna set me up with the Spirit in the sky Norman Greenbaum 1969 So Are You Going to Fix My Mom I m sure going to try, said Jesus When Pretty soon Just let me get my bearings Carry on Don t pay any attention to me Act like I m not here Walker tried He sat at the table and Richie s Picks COALTOWN JESUS by Ron Koertge, Candlewick, October 2013, 128p., ISBN 978 0 7636 6228 3 Never been a sinner, I ve never sinnedI ve got a friend in JesusSo you know that when I dieHe s gonna set me up with the Spirit in the sky Norman Greenbaum 1969 So Are You Going to Fix My Mom I m sure going to try, said Jesus When Pretty soon Just let me get my bearings Carry on Don t pay any attention to me Act like I m not here Walker tried He sat at the table and ate the last of his breakfast He read the back of the cereal box, or pretended to Jesus walked around the room, picking things up Staring at them Smelling them When Walker finished eating, he took his bowl and spoon to the sink He washed and dried them both Sun shot through the window at just the right angle and illuminated everything his red bowl, the rooster saltshaker, the orange box of cereal He wondered if Jesus would still be there when he turned around Wheaties said Jesus Breakfast of champions, Walker explained Do you want some Wouldn t say no You have to wash up afterward.Mom has enough to do Understood Walker filled a bowl with Wheaties.Jesus picked up a spoon Two months ago, the same night fourteen year old Walker angrily confronted him on his behavior, Walker s big brother Noah succumbed to his drug addiction Their mother, who runs a nursing home here in Coaltown, Illinois called Bissell House, has not yet begun to recover from losing her older child Walker asks for help, and Jesus shows up Jesus, who can only be seen by Walker and a few others like a baby we briefly encounter , is very cool Piece after piece in this really excellent verse novel is frequently funny and constantly thought provoking And Jesus wears size 11 red Chucks just like I do You missed me Admit it I just wondered where you were Same thing Jesus pointed to the snack machine How do you work this contraption I m buying Mom doesn t want me to eat too much of that stuff Let me ask my mom Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our Life, Our Sweetness, and Our Hope.Can I have a candy bar Jesus waited a bit She said fine, but brushafterward Loan me seventy five cents.I don t have any pockets in this robe Allusions to Biblical passages mix with philosophical questions about why things happen and fold really nicely into this quick but really memorable story of a family in desperate need of healing ALA spies tell me about Cynthia Rylant s God Got a Dog Her God went to Beauty School made me want to write Coaltown Jesus Ron Koertge tweet, 6 30 13 COALTOWN JESUS is actually much less folksy andhip in a YA way than is Cynthia Rylant s GOD WENT TO BEAUTY SCHOOL which I liked a lot There is no language or sex here young end YA so you can put it in a middle school and not worry about it Except, of course, that somewhere in America there will be one of those parent groups like the one I recently read about that advocated banning CHARLOTTE S WEB because a book featuring two talking animals must be the work of the devil that will have a field day with the irreverence of this one All I can say is God bless them Richie Partington, MLISRichie s Picks I don t know what to say about this book, except that it touched me This book was sacrilegious and heartbreaking As someone who has recently experienced major loss, this book really hit home Jesus moved closer Walker, listen to me, okay You ask what happens when someone dies Well, the body decomposes and the worm play pinochle on your snout, but Walker, my dear Walker, the light inside never goes out 87 This story so reminds me of what my own personal relationship with Jesus is like Pure Simple Honest It s hard to take Him at His word when our emotions, fears and doubts run interference Walker finally learned an important lesson Jesus may not answer prayers the way we want him to, but He does answer them. I read about Coaltown Jesus somewhere either the New York Times or the Horn Book review, I believe I requested it from the library and by the time it arrived, I had forgotten whether I requested it for me or my daughters Turns out, it was really for both My thirteen year old read it first and told me it was good, but neglected to tell me it would make me cry in the best way.Fourteen year old Walker s brother died two months ago and both Walker and his mother are still grieving Walker pra I read about Coaltown Jesus somewhere either the New York Times or the Horn Book review, I believe I requested it from the library and by the time it arrived, I had forgotten whether I requested it for me or my daughters Turns out, it was really for both My thirteen year old read it first and told me it was good, but neglected to tell me it would make me cry in the best way.Fourteen year old Walker s brother died two months ago and both Walker and his mother are still grieving Walker prays for his mother one evening and is startled to find Jesus appear in his room the next day His encounter with Jesus is honest, down to earth, sad, painful and sweet The Jesus we see here talks to Walker in his own language, is honest about himself and encourages Walker to talk about how he s feeling In short, he s a lot like the Jesus I know.Told in free verse, the spare words give the story a beauty that might have been lacking in another format How can I not love a book with lines like He Watched the Skytake off its party clothes and slip intothe comfortable pajamas of dusk This book is an extremely quick read that will stay with you long after you read the last lines And maybe reading this imagining of a visit from Jesus will prompt you to welcome him in a whole new way Why was Jesus at the foot of Walker s bed, and why couldn t he just perform a miracle to stop Walker s mom from crying over Noah Turns out, miracles take time and a lot of effort Besides, it s not just anyone that Jesus visits So why Walker Told through a series of poems, Koertge expertly tells the story of a family trying to process their grief and understand just how they came to be in this position Filled with tenderness, humor, and a little bit of sadness, Coaltown Jesus offers a l Why was Jesus at the foot of Walker s bed, and why couldn t he just perform a miracle to stop Walker s mom from crying over Noah Turns out, miracles take time and a lot of effort Besides, it s not just anyone that Jesus visits So why Walker Told through a series of poems, Koertge expertly tells the story of a family trying to process their grief and understand just how they came to be in this position Filled with tenderness, humor, and a little bit of sadness, Coaltown Jesus offers a light hearted look at just what it means to understand death, dying, and the little miracles that this world has to offer Review cross listed An amazing book about loss, family and Jesus Written in verse Recommended by the Unshelved Bookclub page An amazing book about loss, family and Jesus Written in verse Recommended by the Unshelved Bookclub page This is a wonderfully written story about a 14 year old young man as he tries to emotionally deal with the death of his 17 year old brother Both he and his mother are struggling emotionally his father died when he was an infant and he prayers for God to help his mother To his surprise, Jesus shows up, in person What happens next is a well told moving but sometimes funny tale of how God can move and work in our lives It is a bit like the story The Shack by Wm Paul Young in its surprisin This is a wonderfully written story about a 14 year old young man as he tries to emotionally deal with the death of his 17 year old brother Both he and his mother are struggling emotionally his father died when he was an infant and he prayers for God to help his mother To his surprise, Jesus shows up, in person What happens next is a well told moving but sometimes funny tale of how God can move and work in our lives It is a bit like the story The Shack by Wm Paul Young in its surprising presentation of Jesus If you liked The Shack , you will enjoy this book.Very easy, quick read I read it in one sitting You re a miracle, Walker Your fingers are Your toes are Your crushing sadness and guilt are Walker and his mom are trying to survive after the death of Walker s wild brother, Noah Walker prays for comfortfor his mom What he gets is Jesus in the flesh, walking beside him, asking him questions, getting to know Walker and his own life.See, what Walker doesn t know is his own grief is crushing himand Jesus, with his new red high tops, helps Walker with the help of a stray dog.By the end You re a miracle, Walker Your fingers are Your toes are Your crushing sadness and guilt are Walker and his mom are trying to survive after the death of Walker s wild brother, Noah Walker prays for comfortfor his mom What he gets is Jesus in the flesh, walking beside him, asking him questions, getting to know Walker and his own life.See, what Walker doesn t know is his own grief is crushing himand Jesus, with his new red high tops, helps Walker with the help of a stray dog.By the end of the book, healing has started, and Walker has a new dog.Insightful and moving 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 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


About the Author: Ron Koertge

Ask Ron Koertge what he brings to the realm of young adult fiction, and the seasoned author responds matter of factly I write dialogue well, and I m funny, he says an assessment few would argue with I like iconoclasm and practice it in my fiction I don t like pretense or hypocrisy I m almost always irreverent A faculty member forthan 35 years at Pasadena City College, where he has taught everything from Shakespeare to remedial writing, Ron Koertge is the author of several acclaimed novels, most of them for young adults That Ron Koertge is a master at capturing teenagers voices often in witty repartee is fully evident in MARGAUX WITH AN X, the story of a sharp tongued beauty and a quirky, quick witted loner MARGAUX WITH AN X started as a short story, but the heroine wouldn t let me alone, the author says She had a story to tell, and she wanted a whole novel to tell it in Another unlikely pairing is found in STONER SPAZ, Ron Koertge s funny, in your face tale of a young cinephile with cerebral palsy and the stoner who steals his heart My wife works with the disabled, the writer says of his inspiration for the novel, which quickly garnered critical acclaim One night she came home and told me about a young man she d been working with He had C.P and a terrific sense of humor Coincidentally, that day I had talked to a former student of mine who d recently been in rehab for substance abuse What would happen, I wondered, if those two knew each other In addition to his young adult novels, Ron Koertge writes poetry, and has been dubbed the wisest, most entertaining wiseguy in American poetry by poet laureate Billy Collins SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP is narrated by a straight talking, fourteen year old first baseman who has been benched by mono and decides to take a swing at writing poetry Written entirely in free verse, with examples of several poetic forms slipped into the mix including a sonnet, haiku, pastoral, and even a pantoum SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP is a veritable English teacher s dream The interest in SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP is less with the arc of the plot than with the individual poems, some of which demonstrate poetic form, some of which tell the story, the author says One of my biggest challenges was to write like a fourteen year old who has a knack for writing poetry, and not just sound like a sixty one year old pretending to be one The author s first book with Candlewick, THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS, is also a novel written in free verse, with 15 different teenage characters narrating four or five poems each The book started to nag me a few months before the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, and I started to make notes in the form of poems, he says of the hauntingly prescient work BRIMSTONE needed to move at high velocity, and this form is perfect for that no tail fins, no leather seats, no moon roof Just get in and go Ron Koertge grew up in an agricultural area in an old mining town in Illinois, just across the Mississippi from St Louis, Missouri There he learned to drive a tractor and buck hay bales, which are clearly useful skills in Los Angeles, he quips He and his wife live in South Pasadena, California.


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