The Epic Tales of a Misfit Hero by Matt Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received electronic copy to review
Genre: Faith based humorous Middle Grade
Book Description: From passing the sacrament with his fly down to failing miserably at capture the flag, Andrew knows he'll never be able to fulfill his duties as a deacon. But when tragedy strikes on his Boy Scout backpacking trip, Andrew's whole troop must become stronger than they ever imagined. This hilarious coming-of-age story is bound to have you rooting for a "misfit" hero
My thoughts: You get a group of 12 year old boy scouts together and mayhem is bound to happen. The Misfit Hero is Andrew and he just turned twelve. He is on his first boy scout camp and it is far from a smooth experience. When an accident occurs, can Andrew step up?
I found it amusing that before the camp at church his Bishop (church leader) asked the congregation to pray for the boys. Unfortunately this troop doesn't have a great track record. (It becomes abundantly clear near the beginning of the story.) I can see my sons in the boys depicted. The boys are well meaning, but like many 12 and 13 year old boys full of mischief. Andrew learns about himself and grows from his experience.
The book is targeted to a LDS reader. I think anyone who likes stories of precocious boys who learn about themselves and faith will enjoy this book.
My family is very involved with the Boy Scouts of America. I think this is a book that my 13 and 9 year old sons would enjoy. My husband who was a Scout Master and is now a COR would get a chuckle from this book as well.
About Matt Peterson: 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.Follow the Tour: (calendar taken from Cedar Fort's Tour Page)
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