Gospel according to Larry

Gospel according to Larry

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Josh Swensen is not your average 17-year-old. At the age of two, he was figuring out algebraic equations with colored magnetic numbers. He is a prodigy who only wants to make the world a better place. JoshÂs wish comes true when his virtual alter ego, Larry, becomes a huge media sensation. Larry has his own Web site where he posts sermons on anti-consumerism and has a large following of adults and teens. Meanwhile, LarryÂs identity is a mystery to everyone. While it seems as if the whole world is trying to figure out LarryÂs true identity, Josh feels trapped inside his own creation. What will happen to the world, and to Larry, if he is exposed?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 104.14 x 172.72 x 20.32mm | 127.01g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0440237920
  • 9780440237921
  • 635,013

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Josh Swensen is not your average 17-year-old. At the age of two, he was figuring out algebraic equations with colored magnetic numbers. He is a prodigy who only wants to make the world a better place. Josh's wish comes true when his virtual alter ego, Larry, becomes a huge media sensation. Larry has his own Web site where he posts sermons on anti-consumerism and has a large following of adults and teens. Meanwhile, Larry's identity is a mystery to everyone. While it seems as if the whole world is trying to figure out Larry's true identity, Josh feels trapped inside his own creation. What will happen to the world, and to Larry, if he is exposed?
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"The voice is clear, the ending satisfying. The readers will eat this one up."
"-Kirkus Reviews," Starred
"A terrific read with a credible and lovable main character."
"-School Library Journal," Starred
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About Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian also wrote T"rue Confessions and Multiple Choice."
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Josh is a bored seventeen-year-old genius. That is just a recipe for disaster! Just for something to do, he creates a website where he posts all of his rants about our celebrity-obsessed culture, anti-communism, and any other random thing that he thinks of. Josh names his site "The Gospel According To Larry" because that is the most unreligious name he could possibly think of. He's getting two or three hits a day, until some kids from his school find the page and he's soon getting a few hundred visitors a day to his website. Then Bono, the lead singer of U2, finds Josh's site. And he mentions the site on national television. Josh instantly begins getting millions of hits a day and everyone wants to know who Larry is. Then betagold, a fan of Larry's, begins leaving comments on Josh's site about how he should just come out and tell everyone who Larry really is. As things begin to spin out of control, Josh goes crazy! What will he do to save himself? Will he ever reveal that he's "Larry"? This is a really funny book, because I can totally imagine something like this actually happening! Sometimes the middle is a little slow, but overall the book is a really great read!show more
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