Swallows & Amazons

Swallows & Amazons

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"A master storyteller, sympathetically in touch with real children and their interests, has created characters who are accepted as friends by children everywhere, not to mention plots which are eminently plausible and unexpected.' SUNDAY TIMES, in an article listing Swallows and Amazons among '99 Best Books for Children."
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2008,c1958.
Edition: New ed.
ISBN: 9780224606318
Characteristics: 375 p. :,ill., maps ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Blackett, Nancy
Alternative Title: Swallows and Amazons


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Sep 07, 2018

It is the summer holidays and John, Susan, Titty and Roger are staying on a farm by a lake for part of their summer.
But an island on the lake calls to them, so finally with permission from their father they sail across the lake to camp on the island.
But who camped on the island before them?
And why does the man on the houseboat seem so angry at them?

I love this book, it became my favorite book after I read it and when I finished the series it was my favorite series, it still is.
Anyone who likes adventure, sailing, camping, treasure hunting should read it.
This book sparked my love of sailing and I hope it will spark something in you.

Jan 24, 2018

i absolutely love this book
i couldn't put it down

Feb 23, 2014

I just read this with my 7 year old. My 5 years olds also enjoyed listening in at times. It is a great book! We can't wait to read the next one.

Jan 08, 2012

Also from the BBC list of top 100 books, this is the first book in a series by Ransome geared for children. Following four children in the Walker family on their summer holidays as they make camp on a small island and sail their vessel "The Swallow", this book was a window back to the happy time of childhood fantasy. If I was 12 or 13 reading the book I would have rated it 5* most definitely.

Captain_America Dec 18, 2011

Outstanding book!! Makes you want to go camping or live alone on an island . . .

SB2000 May 04, 2011

One of my favourite stories from childhood. The language is a little dated now in some respects but it still a really engrossing read. I spent a blissful summer having recieved this in my xmas stocking and wanted to have a sailing boat from then on!

Oct 07, 2010

This is an outstanding book, the first in several series by Arthur Ransome depicting the joy, freedom and adventure of childhood. The setting for Swallows and Amazons is in the Lake Country of northern England while other books by Ransome are set in the Norfolk Broads and surrounding areas. They provide a wonderful introduction to any child interested in sailing and adventure.

May 17, 2010

This is a very good book, I think lots of people will like it.

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Jan 24, 2018

cocobellamonkey thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Feb 23, 2014

pdxbookworm thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

SB2000 May 04, 2011

SB2000 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

lms May 27, 2008

lms thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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lms May 26, 2008

" John, and his brother Roger, and his sisters Susan and Titty, spend the summer at Holly Howe farm exploring the lake on the Sailboat Swallow." (Novelist Review)


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SB2000 May 04, 2011

"Better drowned than duffers. If not duffers then won't drown."


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