New Novel Tells the Story of a Young Gay Boy’s Coming-of-Age

Grand finale of Eldot's pioneering series about gay teens is action packed and full of surprises.

Portland OR (PRWEB) February 20, 2013

Eldot, author of Julian’s Private Scrapbook, has just released The Champions, the fifth installment in the series that began with Barr’s Meadow. This new novel for adults, like its preceding brothers, offer insight into the struggles and needs of gay teens through the experiences and cogitations of 14-year-old Julian Forrest.

Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the story centers on a boy convinced that he is in love with his neighbor, the scoutmaster. Mark Schaefer does not take Julian’s crush seriously and seeks ways to redirect the boy’s focus. Complicating matters is Tom Dawson, the oldest scout and Assistant Scoutmaster, and Nick Harrison; their intense relationship is closely observed and envied by Julian. He uses them as a model; his alter ego helps him plan and strategize a way to breach the scoutmaster’s defenses. This provides the reader a unique look into a gay adolescent boy’s perceptions of love and how he deals with his feelings.

This summer camp is filled with fun and adventure. Beginning where Thunder and Lightning left off, 600 boys have lots to do during the last three days—and nights. This means a mix of comedy, discovery, and surprise. Interesting characters abound, and several story lines come to a finish.

Although a work of fiction, Eldot’s latest book provides insight into the ongoing issue of bullying and discrimination against gay people. Through Julian’s experiences, readers are given the opportunity to see the world through his eyes and experience some of what it is like to grow up knowing you are gay. By turns humorous, poignant and thoroughly engaging, The Champions is both a story of a young gay boy’s coming-of-age, and an entertainment for a world that has not fully understood what his examination of love, identity, and relationships require. In a society that is not wholly accepting of gay people, that should help build understanding and acceptance.

Barr’s Meadow – The Poker Club – The Shooting Gallery – Thunder and Lightning – The Champions

About the Author
Eldot is retired. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of his life. Aside from his grey hair and modest potbelly, he thrives on the illusion that he is still in his thirties. When he is not writing, he takes daily walks, gardens, and helps family and friends with sundry outdoor projects. He listens to classical music all the time. This series is not autbiographical. It became important to be active in the campaign to end social intolerance and bullying. All books in this series are available in eBook format at the author’s website,, and at

The Champions by Eldot
Julian's Private Scrapbook Part 5
Publication Date: March 2013
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 373 pages; ISBN 978-1-4797-8041-9
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 374 pages; ISBN 978-1-4797-8042-6
eBook; $3.99; ISBN 978-1-4797-8043-3

About the Julian’s Private Scrapbook Series:
A two-week summer camp in 1962 is the setting. The story is divided into five parts, each of which is written as a stand-alone story. However, for a full and complete reading experience, they are meant to be read in sequence.

Barr’s Meadow, Part 1: 281 pages, published January, 2012
The Poker Club, Part 2: 300 pages, published June, 2012
The Shooting Gallery, Part 3: 307 pages, published August, 2012
Thunder and Lightning, Part 4: 322 pages, published January, 2013
The Champions, Part 5: 392 pages, published March, 2013
(page counts refer to the Premium PDF versions, available at

About Diphra Enterprises, LLC
Diphra was created for the purpose of publishing and marketing new and unusual works of fiction. it offers editing, formatting, and eBook services. Its current projects include the unique and pioneering five novel series, Julian’s Private Scrapbook, by Eldot.

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