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Swallowdale: Swallows and Amazons Series | [Arthur Ransome]

Swallowdale: Swallows and Amazons Series

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published in the UK over a half century ago, these books are still eagerly read by children, despite their length and their decidedly British protagonists.
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Publisher's Summary

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published in the UK over a half century ago, these books are still eagerly read by children, despite their length and their decidedly British protagonists.

We attribute their success to two facts: first, Ransome is a great storyteller and, second, he clearly writes from first-hand experience. Independence and initiative are qualities any child can understand, and every volume in this collection celebrates these virtues.

Swallowdale (originally published in 1931) is the second title in Arthur Ransome's classic series for children, for grownups, for anyone captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. It follows the Walker family and friends through a shipwreck, a camp on the mainland, a secret valley and cave, and a thrilling mountain hike.

All 12 novels in the Swallows and Amazons series have been brought to life in the US in print by David R. Godine, Publisher.

Listen to more in the Swallows and Amazons series.

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    Gregory W. Edwards SF Bay Area, Ca 03-03-09
    Gregory W. Edwards SF Bay Area, Ca 03-03-09 Member Since 2004
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    Swallowdale is my favorite book in the Swallows and Amazons series. This reading is well done. Enjoy!

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  • Gilbert
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    "At long last"

    This is what I, as a Ransome fan, have been waiting for. We used to have abridged versions on tape - but you felt as if you were being read to by a rather stern vicar who thought these stories would be 'good for you'. This reader hits just the right tone, and she succeeds admirably in giving each character his or her own voice. Remember those school days when, for the last half hour of the afternoon, the teacher would get out the current book and read the next instalment to you? (Do they still do this?) This reading recaptures the sheer pleasure of that experience. For Ransome fans whose spirits lift when, with the characters in one of the novels, they return to the lake for another holiday after too long an absence, and see the sun shining on the water and the fells in the distance, these readings will be a delight. And you can always pretend you're getting them for your children or grandchildren.

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