Twisters, Ghosts, and Good Old-Fashioned Fun In the first of this three-part series, we meet Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro, and the rest of the gang of boys from Tory Forks, Minnesota. Their adventures will take them from fishing and swimming to tornados, illegal moonshine stills, and a visit to the cemetery in search of the ghost of Mr. Swartz and the tree from which he hanged himself. Lose yourself in the year 1943, a time when people take “love thy neighbor” to heart, and the pain of war is shared by all. The small farming village is a community filled with God-fearing, hardworking folks who are proud to be Americans and satisfied by simple pleasures like homemade rhubarb pie. In the tradition of Huckleberry Finn, the boys from Tory Forks will entertain readers of all ages-those who want to lose themselves in nostalgia for days gone by, and those who can relate to kids on the verge of adulthood, experiencing the thrills of life as they existed during that era.
Boys will always get into entertaining mischief in The Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang by Royal T. Honeycutt. These boys have one of the best summers, despite the repercussions of war. Seabiscuit and his brother stay with their loving grandparents on their farm. Both generations learn valuable lessons from each other because of the drama or prank the boys always find themselves in. Seabiscuit, the mature gang leader, follows the others to sneak a smoke in the outhouse, steal apples from a neighbour’s tree, or drink a bit of moonshine. His grandfather sometimes breaks the law, but quick thinking Seabiscuit often has his back, especially when the game warden is chasing Gramps.
The book is filled with nostalgic memories of 1942 when the war ruined many family lives, but the farming communities supported each other through the happy and sad times. Reading this story made me realize today’s younger generation have missed out on a lot of fun. How many kids know how to climb a tree, go berry picking, catch frogs or build their own clubhouse? Seabiscuit and his friends didn’t have Internet or cell phones. But they were busy enjoying the simple pleasures of nature and could make their disgusting chores seem fun. Royal T. Honeycutt captured the spirit of an era in this well written book. The Adventures of Buckfart, Seabiscuit, Pedro and the Gang is amusingly filled with antics of the boys and their families while sprinkled with sadness.
- Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers’ Favorite