Exploring the Town
John Clarke Hoffman
Illustrated by Eric Hilgerdt
It is the autumn of 1954 in the Catskill Mountain town of Delhi, NY. John Hoffman, Buzzy Fancher, and the other members of the River Rat Gang are in eighth grade at Delaware Academy. The excitement of Halloween is in the air. Their adventures begin with an elaborate prank involving an antique fire engine. Winter brings tobogganing and romance, spring an encounter with the tough uptown Trucker gang in Stutz’s junkyard, and summer a raid on a girl scout camp out at the Pine Hill Reserve. These great stories capture the both excitement and the security of growing up in 1950s 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:
- Buzzy and the River Rats, Book I: Buzzy Moves In
- Buzzy and the River Rats, Book II: Exploring the Town
- Buzzy and the River Rats, Book III: Romance and Adventure
- Buzzy and the River Rats, Book IV: Rafting Down River
217 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 1998