Book Name: A Scout is Brave
Author Name: Jay Jordan Hawke
Jay Jordan Hawke holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. in history, as well as a second master’s in Outdoor Education. He loves everything sci-fi, especially Star Trek, and hopes to be on the first starship out of here. In the meantime, he teaches at a college prep school and anxiously awaits the day when he can write full time.
In addition to all things sci-fi, his hobbies include camping, reading, running, and writing. He has lived in several Midwestern states and currently resides in Indiana. Ugh – get me out of here!
A Scout Is Brave Blurb:
In the months following the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, fourteen-year-old Joshua, a half Native American boy, is new to a Boy Scout troop and spending a week camping in northern Wisconsin. The weaker kids in the troop soon realize Joshua is not afraid to stand up to the troop’s ruthless bullies. Joshua’s bravery and kindness is infectious, and the bullied Scouts quickly find their own inner strength.
Joshua, however, is plagued by self-doubt as he realizes he has feelings for Cody, the son of the troop’s harsh and puritanical Scoutmaster. The two discover they have more in common than Scouting as they share their deepest secrets and develop a close friendship. That friendship faces its greatest challenge as the homophobic bullies claim a “faggot” has “infected” their troop. As if struggling to come to terms with his sexuality while dealing with hatred and bigotry isn’t enough, Joshua discovers the camp holds another dark mystery, one that will make him summon all his courage and learn for the first time what it truly means to be brave.
A Scout Is Brave Exclusive Excerpt:
WARNING: Intense excerpt.
Tommy Drapos stood helpless before his fellow Boy Scouts. They had cornered him against a tree and took turns taunting him with words like “faggot” and “queer.”
“Hey, here’s your best friend,” one boy teased, holding up a long, thick stick.
The other boys simply laughed.
“Yeah, I bet you really miss it!” another boy shouted.
Little Tommy Drapos’s eyes lit up in fear as he realized what they were going to do. He cried out for mercy.
“Please stop,” he whimpered between his sniffs in a barely audible voice.
His cries for mercy accomplished nothing.
“Hey, can’t you see how sad he is?” the boy with the stick said to his crowd of friends. “I think he really misses his friend.”
“Give it to him!” another boy shouted.
“Yeah, give it to him!” the crowd collectively agreed.
Two boys stepped toward Tommy’s cowering body. They grabbed his arms, and Tommy cried out.
“Stop it! Please, stop it!”
Some boys in the crowd repeated Tommy’s words with a babyish tone, furthering Tommy’s humiliation. “Top it, pwease top it,” they taunted.
A third boy approached the panic-stricken boy. He grabbed Tommy’s pants and yanked them down. The crowd laughed. Tommy knew what they were going to do, and he was helpless to stop them.
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 180 pages
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