The boys are back! And this time they’re up against some BIG challenges. In the second book of the Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang trilogy, a group of teenagers from a small farming community in the Midwest find themselves high in the Trinity Alps, facing challenges beyond their wildest dreams. Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the gang head to California, looking for adventure. They leave the Bay area on their uncle’s fishing boat and travel north to the harbor of Trinidad, encountering wild weather and a Japanese submarine. Then it’s back to Uncle Dominic’s mountain ranch, to join the local Indians in their quest for the mystical Firestone. There they come across the elusive and mysterious Bigfoot-called Sasquatch by the native Indians-and upon learning of their discovery, the locals set out to kill the creature. Danger and adventure abound in this exciting installment, and for one of the Tory Forks boys, romance is in the air. Set in the 1940s, Royal T. Honeycutt’s trilogy evokes nostalgia for simpler times, while entertaining readers of all ages with the timeless adventuresome spirit of teenagers and their uncanny ability to get into trouble.
The Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang is an action and adventure tale written by Royal T. Honeycutt. Seabiscuit, his brother and their friends are going west to visit with their Uncle Dom and Aunt Darcie in California. First, they’ll be travelling on their uncle’s fishing boat and helping with the catch. Then, they’ll be staying and working on their aunt and uncle’s ranch. While they’re on the boat, everyone’s a bit tense about the war and the reports that Japanese submarines are off the California coast. It’s 1944, and the war is in full swing. While he’s thrilled with the trip and the upcoming vacation, Seabiscuit can’t help but wince when Uncle Dom starts shooting the porpoises that are eating the fish in their nets. While he understands what Uncle Dom is saying about survival, it still feels wrong, and he can’t help but say something.
Book Review by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Royal T. Honeycutt’s historical adventure tale, The Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang, is marvelous! The story is told by 14-year-old Seabiscuit, who plans on being a writer some day. His narration is accompanied by Rochelle Lester-Rosenkild’s eloquent pencil and charcoal sketches, and I soon felt like I was experiencing the gang’s adventures first-hand. Honeycutt’s story is well-plotted and filled with descriptions of the wilderness of 1940s Northern California. The Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang is also a great coming of age story, complete with Seabiscuit’s incredulous response to Jennie’s overtures. He’s not quite into girls yet, and the love poem he writes at her request is a riot. I had so much fun reading this book! It’s got action, adventure, nature, history and a great cast of characters. The Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang is most highly recommended.