There are two things in life Nathan McTeggart really enjoys — sports and helping people.
“He’s the kid that, if they’re playing a sport and someone goes down, he’s the kid to go over and help him,” said Nathan’s father, Keven McTeggart.
Nathan, a 13-year-old boy from Coquitlam, has been spending his summer vacation touring the B.C. Interior and promoting his third children’s book, which is set amidst the 2017 wildfires.
Brandy and Her Super Hero is about a dog that gets separated from her family during a forest fire in the Williams Lake area and her adventures in being reunited with family.
Proceeds from book sales will be going to Firefighters Without Borders Canada and Pacific Assistance Dogs Society charities. The goal is to raise $1,500 for each of the charities through book sales.
“I don’t really care about getting money back. I just care about helping people,” Nathan told KTW. “You don’t really need money as much as the people who are actually in pain and actually need it more.”
In Kamloops on Thursday at the office of Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone for one of multiple stops on his book tour, Nathan told reporters the inspiration for the story came when he learned of the forest fires that summer.
“I was really scared because I lived in Coquitlam,” Nathan said. “This is happening so often and I wanted to make everybody aware of it.”
The fictional story drew inspiration from Nathan’s life.
A friend Nathan met at a hockey camp had been displaced from Williams Lake due to the wildfires and Nathan got the idea for the dog when he went to the Superdogs show at last year’s Pacific National Exhibition.
He wrote the book last year, dictating his ideas to his father.
“I’d read it back to him and he’d dictate more until we got the whole book,” Keven said. “It’s all his imagination, which is really cool.”
Nathan’s books are published by Tellwell Talent Inc. and were illustrated by the students in the classes of his former Grade 4 teacher.
About 120 copies of Brandy and Her Super Hero have been sold in the month since its publication.
Nathan has ideas for seven more books, having put together three tomes since he was nine — the first two being Christmas stories.
The first book, Santa and His Super Hero, tells the story of firefighters rescuing Santa and started out as a bedtime story Keven would tell his son.
When he was eight, Nathan asked his dad if they could get the story published.
That book raised $2,000 for the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund and other charities.
It was followed by his second book, Zippy and His Hero — a story of Nathan following his shelf elf to the North Pole.
Brandy and Her Super Hero, along with Nathan’s other books, are available online at nathanssuperheroes.com.
A percentage of each sale goes to specific charities.