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Coaltown Jesus This was stuuuupid I honestly skipped the last 50 pages cuz it was so boring and pointless.And it s only 150 pages And written in verse And that s sad I had to skip such a short book Don t recommend. I don t know what to say about this book, except that it touched me 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, w Interesting look at grief I could see this being good for a young reader seeking solace after losing a loved one I m not such a huge fan of the decision to write in verse The language is lyrical in a few places, but ov 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 atte 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 wond Walker is 14 years old Just two months earlier, his 17 year old brother Noah succumbed to a drug addiction Both Walker and his single mom are struggling to come to terms with Noah s death His mother cries every day and one night Walker prays that if God is up there, will he please help her When he turns around, Jesus is standing in his bedroom Koertge has created a Jesus that is humorous and loving and forthright and real He likes Almond Joys, wants a pair of red high top athletic shoes an Walker is 14 years old Just two months earlier, his 17 year old brother Noah succumbed to a drug addiction Both Walker and his single mom are struggling to come to terms with Noah s death His mother cries every day and one night Walker prays that if God is up there, will he please help her When he turns around, Jesus is standing in his bedroom Koertge has created a Jesus that is humorous and loving and forthright and real He likes Almond Joys, wants a pair of red high top athletic shoes and calls Walker dude He loves being called The Great Spirit and hates being called The Annointed One it makes him feel greasy Some people may find this depiction of Jesus irreverent, I found it refreshing and relatable.The story is written in sparse verse but with no lack of beautiful language It is a very quick read, I read the entire book over my m 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 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 impo 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 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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