Eleven-year-old Johnny Saturday enjoys his weekends. For Johnny, the weekends mean endless imaginary adventures with his collection of action figures and occasional breaks to sketch some of the figures at his bedroom drawing table. Johnny also enjoys the outdoors, spending most of his afternoons playing flag football with neighborhood friends. One particular weekend, Johnny’s evening writing adventures and endless imagination would soon change his world.
While searching in his attic, young Saturday comes across a mysterious black journal. This journal—bound with a black leather cover—was left with the inside pages unusually blank. Although this journal seemed ordinary at first, it would soon take Johnny on an adventure of his lifetime. Follow Johnny as he learns the abilities of his magic journal and as he explores mysterious characters and foreign lands. Johnny’s magic journal will open new doorways and ultimately prove useful when he must save the day!
William (Billy) F. Lovelady is the author of The Adventures of Johnny Saturday. He has a Bachelors & Masters Degree in Engineering, and enjoys integrating creativity with childhood imagination.
This story introduces young readers to myths and legends, and adds storytelling to explore beyond traditional folklore. One of the characters is based upon research of a European legend still popular in parts of the Netherlands and other Countries. The Legend, Zwarte Piet or Black Pete, is a faithful assistant to a bishop saint call Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas is considered to have historical relations that precede Santa Claus.
Billy and his wife Lynn live in Alabama with their three children.