A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Sequel to Pukawiss The Outcast
The Two-spirit Chronicles: Book Two
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"A Scout is Brave" is the story of 14 year old Joshua (half Indian, half white teen) attending a Boy Scout summer camp for the first time. He befriends "Cody" the son of the scoutmaster/conservative preacher. Both boys realize they are gay. The boys and their (straight) friends must confront the bullying of older scouts. Our author, Jay Jordan Hawke writes a masterpiece story for both adults and teens. Joshua must struggle living in the white versus Indian culture, the gay versus straight world, the older versus younger boys in camp, and the boy who wish to respect each other versus those the wish bully. As a reader, I was kept in total suspense as the story unfolded. As a gay Eagle Scout who is part Indian, I identified with the main character. Yes, my best scout friend was also preacher's kid who was also gay. So, the story was realistic. This book could be used in middle school, high school and college classes to teach respect for peers, tolerance of different people, and adults. PFLAG could use this book. To the gay community, the book shows that not all scout are gay haters, but actually gay themselves who believe in love of nature and outdoors. While there is no sex in this book, a rare glance of a loving kiss between best friends makes a surprise twist in the story. Some nightmare chapters might scare some readers. I highly recommend it.