SummerWild by Kenneth William BuddSummerWild by Kenneth William Budd


byKenneth William BuddEditorRobert David Marthaller

Paperback | September 15, 2011

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Buddy Williams and his companions, Riel and Mokey, experience an astonishing range of escapades and exploits in the series, THE ADVENTURES OF BUDDY WILLIAMS. SummerWild is the first of four novels, and here the three lads tackle the challenges offered by Nature at <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_placename _w3a_st="on">Pelican <_st13a_placetype _w3a_st="on">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 could become 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 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.


THE ADVENTURES OF BUDDY WILLIAMS promises to entertain pre-teens (or tweens) and older folk alike. Grandsons and grandfathers, mothers and their young daughters, may all enjoy reading it to one another. Set in the early fifties, the series looks at a different time in <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Canada, and invites readers to reflect on the way our customs and values have changed—some dramatically. SummerWild is the gateway for later adventures in FallGently, WinterFree and SpringRush.

Ken Budd grew up on the Prairies, and he still feels a strong attachment to them. Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, where he lived for fourteen years, most every summer was spent at Cochin Beach, Jackfish Lake. While most of the events that are offered in SummerWild contain a smidgeon of truth, all have been altered by imaginatio...
Title:SummerWildFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:SummerWild ProductionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0981193315

ISBN - 13:9780981193311


Rated 5 out of 5 by from SummerWild Ride I really enjoyed SummerWild and unlike some of the other reviewers I have never spent a summer at the lake. Buddy really had some excellent adventures and learned some things at the same time. The book was a great read from start to finish. I laughed so hard in places, held my breath in others, and basically enjoyed a good literary romp. Mr. Budd presented well developed characters – I could picture them all and their experiences and relationships resonated as truth. Even though this book is geared toward a younger reader, I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and would recommend it to anyone who likes character driven novels, loads of adventure and fun at the lake.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something for Everyone SummerWild is an excellent read. It's an engaging novel that evokes my own childhood memories of camping at a lake with my large family. I would recommend this book for youth as well as for adults who may enjoy a nostalgic read. It is a book with something for everyone: interesting social relationships, strong values, with a hint of suspense. I'm looking forward to reading Book 2 in the series.
Date published: 2011-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read for Canadians young and older Although I first judged it to be a boy's book, I found that I could relate to so much of it as, on my own, I had many similar experiences. Wading around in a slough near our house in Manitoba. Catching and playing with frogs. Making a teepee with willows leaning up against a tree. Dreaming. Climbing up and standing on top of a fence post and singing at the top of my voice to the trees across the road. This book inspires these memories and more. I envy the opportunity Ken Budd had to meet and be with W.O. Mitchell. There are a few people in this life I would like to meet, like to know, and W.O. was one of them. This of course would be because of "Who Has Seen the Wind." I still have his obituary, which I tore out of a magazine, stored in my poetry book. Ken Budd's writing moves me to recall Edna Jacques' poetry. She writes so well that you are there with her. This one verse from "Prairie Bred" is particularly potent for those of us from the Prairies. "If you are prairie-bred...there seems to be A sort of fellowship that speaks to me: You talk of wind, and I can feel the sting Of drifting soil that darkens all the spring; You speak of dawn, and I can see the sky Flaming with light to drive the darkness by." Thank you, Ken Budd, for writing books that are simple, uncomplicated and that touch the heart and memory. It is good to hold on and keep the heart and mind of a child. Who needs to grew up anyway?
Date published: 2011-12-02