by Matt Peterson
Bonneville Books, 2012
LDS Middle Grade Fiction
Complimentary copy provided for blog tour.
All opinions expressed are solely my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
From figuring out how to pass the sacrament to failing miserably at capture the flag, Andrew's convinced he'll never be able to fulfill his duties as a new deacon, not to mention keeping up with all his Boy Scout training. But when Andrew's first-ever backpacking trip takes a disastrous turn, the whole troop will have to learn how to be strong in spite of their shortcomings. Now the race is on to save their leader and prove they're stronger than they look. This hilarious coming-of-age story is full of humor and heart. It is an entertaining read that's sure to strike a chord with young men, parents, and leaders alike!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matt Peterson has been working with Scouts and young men for over ten years. He has lead adventures into deep canyons, up tall mountains, and through raging rivers. Search and Rescue has only been called once.
Matt lives in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife and four kids. He served a mission in São Paulo, Brazil, where he learned Portuguese, how to love the people, and how to walk really fast. In his spare time, he runs a free neighborhood sports league for kids.
I really enjoyed this book, it made for a light fun read but with a surprising amount of depth. Andrew is a good kid, but at twelve-years-old, life is still a mystery, especially regarding his new standing as a deacon in the LDS Church (deacons quorums are made up of 12 and 13-year-old boys). His efforts to fit in with his quorum don't go as smoothly as he would like, but he is excited to go on his first camping trip with the other deacons and their two leaders. Things change dramatically though when one of the leaders gets hurt and the other has to go for help, leaving the six boys on their own. How can they possibly do this as 'weak and simple' as they are? I found the book delightful and very realistic (I've heard plenty of scouting/camping stories). I thought the relationships between the boys and their leaders were fantastic. I appreciated how the boys did their best but didn't make perfect decisions. The book does reference LDS (Mormon) beliefs and practices but not in an obtrusive way. I highly recommend this book especially for middle grade boys!
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