The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock

The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock
The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock

The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock

By John Manderino


186 Pages, 5 x 8

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Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $17.95)

ISBN 9780897336116

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2010)
Academy Chicago Publishers


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It’s Saturday, october 27, 1962, the darkest day of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Two children, Ralph and his little sister Lou, are searching for empty bottles in a vacant lot when they discover a rock which—to them, at least—looks quite a lot like Jesus. Ralph immediately declares it a Possible Holy Object. And, since his fondest wish is to be a “boy-in-a-story,” he earnestly places himself and Lou—now his “sidekick”—in a tale featuring the “sacred rock” as the key to nothing less than saving the world from nuclear annihilation. But there’s another boy, Toby—older, shrewder, and quite a bit larger—who has very different plans for the rock, intending to use it as a lucrative sideshow exhibit, complete with fliers: Is it Jesus? Or just a rock? You decide! Hovering over the children and their small-scale war is the general anxiety and dread attending the most perilous moment in our history. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, John Manderino’s The H-bomb and the Jesus Rock provides a unique, children’s-eye view of that near-Armageddon.

Author Biography

John Manderino has written four books for Academy Chicago, all highly praised for their unusual wit. He has a rare knack for dialogue and infuses his stories with a self-deprecating sense of humor. He lives in Maine with his wife and teaches writing at the University of Southern Maine