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Book Review: Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons

Author(s):Arthur Ransome
Date Published:2001
Website:None listed
Appropriate for Age:All
Keywords:England, summer vacation, sailing, camping


 "Better drowned than duffers. If not duffers, won't drown." responds Father when John, Susan, Titty, and Roger request permission to camp on WildCat Island. It's the perfect summer: sailing off in their dingy, the Swallow, to camp on the island, making the friendliest treaty of war with the Amazons, attacking Captain Flint's houseboat, recovering lost treasure chests, meeting the charcoal burners, doing lots and lots of sailing.

The series of books about the Walkers and their friends weave in and out of their real and imagined adventures in England's Lake District and the Norfolk Broads. It includes Swallowdale, Winter Holiday, Peter Duck, Pigeon Post, Secret Water, Missee Lee (where Roger's knowledge of Latin saves the day), The Picts and the Martyrs, We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea (my favorite), and Great Northern? The novels about the Walkers' friends (Coot Club and The Big Five) lack some of the tang of the Walker books but are still a good read. There's a wonderful film version of Swallows and Amazons but it is unfortunately only available on a Region 2 DVD.

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