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.
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 180 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
“Now, what you have to understand,” Pastor Bob continued, “is that these urges are a test from God. God wants you to love him with all your body and soul. In order to do this, you will have to discipline these urges.”
Everyone knew he was now going to tell them how.
“The Bible specifically says that the only proper outlet for these urges is in the context of marriage. Now, you will all grow up and eventually get girlfriends. But let me tell you that, as much as you are tempted, you must show that your love for God is stronger and wait until marriage. After all, ‘it is better to marry than to burn,’” he pointed out, quoting from his Bible.
Joshua was amazed. Pastor Bob had nearly completed an entire sermon on sex without mentioning the word at all. He was truly skilled.
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!
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