First things first. I picked this up because the title and premise were intriguing. I am not a 12 year old boy. However, I have a grandson that age. This would be the perfect story for him, or any other kid who laughs when someone mentions farts and boogers or underpants. It is written with an eye towards the historical period, yet is still immensely entertaining. Even if you don't have a kid at home, read it. If you don't at least get a giggle out of it, there's something wrong with you.