The Tent

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Teenage Steven and his father, Corey, take to the road with a Bible, an old army tent, and less than the best of intentions. Tired of being poor, Steven's father is certain that preaching the Word of the Lord is the easy way to fame and fortune. But just when they've got their act down pat and the money is rolling in, Steven and Corey begin to realize that what they'd originally thought of as a harmless lie is all about avarice and power and, ultimately, guilt.

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Overview

Teenage Steven and his father, Corey, take to the road with a Bible, an old army tent, and less than the best of intentions. Tired of being poor, Steven's father is certain that preaching the Word of the Lord is the easy way to fame and fortune. But just when they've got their act down pat and the money is rolling in, Steven and Corey begin to realize that what they'd originally thought of as a harmless lie is all about avarice and power and, ultimately, guilt.

Although dismayed and embarrassed when his father takes him on the road to get rich preaching the word of God, fourteen-year-old Steven finds himself caught up in the money and the things it can buy.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - Audio
11/01/2013
Gr 5–10—Paulsen's novel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995) focuses on revivalist Christian preachers. As a single parent, Corey has been working a series of low-wage, dead-end jobs to support himself and his 14-year-old son, Steven. He gets the idea to become a revivalist tent preacher, even though he and his son have almost never been to church. Stealing a Bible from a local motel and fashioning a clerical collar out of cardboard, the pair start out on their new lives. Attendance and offerings are low at first, but soon Corey finds his rhythm and hires two assistants on whom he performs "faith healings" every night. Before they know it, Corey and Steven are raking in buckets of cash. However, Steven is troubled and knows that he is complicit in his father's deceptions. Whether Steven can convince his father to do the right thing sets the stage for a very satisfying conclusion. This audiobook could appeal to religious and secular listeners alike, albeit for different reasons at various points in the story. MacLeod Andrews masters many colorful characters' voices and accents, and his performance adds to listeners' enjoyment. This would be a great story for families to experience together, although conservative parents may wish to compare it ahead of time to their own religious beliefs. For middle school and public library collections.—Bernie Morrissey, The Harker School, San Jose CA
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW praised the pacing and settings of this tale of father and son scammers posing as preachers, but found that "the symbolism and message are trumpeted too loudly, drowning out attempts to create lifelike complexity in either the characters or their situation." Ages 12-up. (Nov.)
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"A sincere and thoughtful story of spiritual growth . . . that could prompt some serious discussion."—The Bulletin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455810871
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/28/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen

GARY PAULSEN has written nearly two hundred books for young people, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between a home in New Mexico and a boat on the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Coolness

    This book was really cool! To me it was amazing. Just saying- it is a good read. I hope that you will read it and enjoy it very much (-;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    This Book sucks ass

    this book sucked so bad that i threw up after i read it there was no point to it . it sucked

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