Ronalee Bennett Orr is the author of Windy Rafters Roughnecks, a children's book series set in rural southern Alberta. She is a former educator and a proud grandma who has lived at the real Windy Rafters farm for over 40 years with her husband.
This book is the first in a historical fiction series for children ages 8-12. Set at Windy Rafters Resort in southern Alberta, a group of cousins, grandchildren of the resort owners, find themselves suspects in a series of petty thefts and mischief. In order to clear their names, the children organize themselves as the Windy Rafters Roughnecks.
Working out of an old treehouse on the property, the Roughnecks make their own suspect list and start investigating some of the people who work at the resort or live in the neighborhood. Through their efforts they get to know the suspects and even become friends with some of them.
Just when they think they have solved the crime, the younger children are transported back in time to the days before colonization, when Blackfoot people lived on the land. Trapped in the past and dependent on the Blackfoot for survival, the children gain a new perspective on themselves and more insight into another pressing problem at Windy Rafters Resort: whether or not the family should sell the resort to a company from California
Strange things have been happening at Windy Rafters Resort. The Roughnecks are back at Windy Rafters Resort, full of plans for a great summer. It isn’t long, however, before crime casts a shadow over the resort again. Cattle thieves are taking animals from all around the neighborhood and some of the evidence even points to Windy Rafters’ owner, Marty Ferris, as the thief. With nothing but confusing clues that don’t add up, how will the Roughnecks ever be able to clear Papa’s name? As the truth comes to light, the Roughnecks are suddenly transported back in time to 1910 when their family first homesteaded the Windy Rafters land. Mistaken for a family of cousins from Idaho, and using what they’ve learned in their own time, can the Roughnecks help their ancestors catch another band of cattle thieves?