The Adventures of Buddy Williams promises to entertain pre-teens, or tweens, and older folk alike. Set in the early fifties, the series looks at a different time in Canada, and invites readers to reflect on the way our customs and values have changed—some dramatically. Grandsons and grandfathers, mothers and their young daughters, may all enjoy reading it to one another. SummerWild is the gateway for later adventures in FallGently, WinterFree and SpringRush.
His single mom needs to make an emergency trip to rescue her ageing parents in England, so Texas teenager, Jared Marsh, is sent to an island off the coast of British Columbia to spend time with an aunt and uncle he has never met. The visit gives Jared an opportunity to gain insight into a world foreign to him. That world is the childhood universe of his uncle, Bill “Buddy” Williams, who grew up on the Canadian prairies. Buddy was eleven in 1953, and that summer he began a journey which forever stained his life.
In The Adventures of Buddy Williams series, we share escapades and exploits with Buddy and companions, Riel and Mokey. In SummerWild, the three experience the challenges offered by Nature at Pelican Lake, the summer playground of Buddy’s youth. From an encounter with Slackjaw, a giant jackfish and denizen of the deep, to a chance meeting with Joe Starblanket, a Native teenager who becomes a valued friend, Buddy is exposed to hidden secrets and dangers in the outdoors, and faces harsh personal realities. An ignorance of the land and its possible ambushes, a shared fear of the elements because of a drowning accident, and a disregard for parental guidance—which seems to always lead to trouble—conspire to cause mayhem.