Buzzy and the River Rats, Book I

Buzzy Moves In

John Clarke Hoffman

Illustrated by Eric Hilgerdt



One morning in the summer of 1954 in the Catskill Mountain town of Delhi, NY, the Fancher family moved into a vacant house on Elm Street. Buzzy Fancher’s arrival heralded the beginning of many adventures for the group of boys who rallied around him and called themselves the River Rats. Their adventures sometimes brought them face to face with the tough uptown Trucker gang, but most of all they experienced the excitement, friendships, mishaps and young romance of growing up in 1950’s small-town America.

A great series for children reading fluidly at 5th grade or beyond, these stories are wholesome, interesting and well-written tales of a Catskill mountain boyhood. John Hoffman, a Waldorf School teacher, finally managed to write down the stories which he had been telling for years to students at Green Meadow Waldorf School. Now many more can enjoy hearing about the adventures of Buzzy Fancher and the River Rats.

The Buzzy and the River Rats Series:

  1. Buzzy and the River Rats, Book I: Buzzy Moves In
  2. Buzzy and the River Rats, Book II: Exploring the Town
  3. Buzzy and the River Rats, Book III: Romance and Adventure
  4. Buzzy and the River Rats, Book IV: Rafting Down River

185 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 1996

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