“I recently had the pleasure of reading Kenneth William Budd’s SummerWild – the first of four books in Budd’s The Adventures of Buddy Williams series. The book is set in a fictionalized Cochin beach on a fictionalized Jackfish Lake (called Pelican Lake in the book) in 1953 and documents the adventures of a child as he spends the summer there. Future books in the series will be devoted to life in the other three seasons. Told from the perspective of 10-year-old Buddy Williams, the book focuses on what is of interest to a 10-year-old child – chokecherry picking, swimming, playing with friends. But through its focus, the book also reveals much about a past that I never knew, and the book’s author knew intimately…”
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