Swallows & Amazons

Swallows & Amazons

Book - 2013
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A story of four young children--John, Susan, Titty and Roger--who embark on an island adventure in their boat, the Swallow, and find themselves competing against another group of children sailing on the boat called Amazon.
Publisher: New York : The Overlook Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781468306613
Characteristics: 374 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Blackett, Nancy (Fictitious character)
Alternative Title: Swallows and amazons


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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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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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