The Big Six

Swallows and Amazons Series
Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Series: Swallows and Amazons, Book 9
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In this (more or less) sequel to the adventures of Coot Club, Arthur Ransome returns once more to his beloved Norfolk Broads where trouble is again brewing for Joe, Bill, and Pete, the three boatbuilders' sons who (more or less) live full-time aboard the Death and Glory, and the three Coots, Tom, Dorothea and Dick.

The problem seems to be that boats are constantly being set adrift, and all the evidence points squarely at the three Death and Glories. In a clever bit of detective work, and with some help from a sophisticated photographic trap, the Big Six manage to exonerate themselves and catch the villains.

Of course, this book, like all Ransome titles, is about a lot more than clever detective work; it has the smell of water and tarred rope, the sound of birds, and the plight of children left to their own devices and coping with everything from catching monster pike to trapping midnight eels.

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

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Critic Reviews

"There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating." (Times Literary Supplement)

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Splendid continuation of the Swallows and Amazons

Splendid continuation of the Swallows and Amazons. Excellent examination of the moral questions of guilt and innocence for young boys falsely accused of mischief based on circumstantial evidence . The Death and Glory Lads are forced to display personal honor, honesty and integrity in the face of overwhelming condemnations by their small close knit community. Superb.

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Parental conversation advised

Although I have enjoyed many aspects of this series, particularly the wonderful performance by Allison Larkin, I would advise parents to consider having a conversation with children about the evidence that colonialism and classism were deeply entrenched in the society of the author and his readers. In this particular book I was shocked and dismayed to hear the N-word in chapter 31. This meant that I had an important and unexpected conversation with my children that I might not have had until they were older.

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One of the Best

This is one of our very favorite Swallows books!! A good old fashioned mystery, with sailing - what could be better?