Swallowdale, Paperback Book
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John, Susan, Titty and Roger return to the lake for another summer camping on their island with their old allies, Nancy and Peggy, otherwise known as the Amazon pirates.

But immediately disaster strikes when the Swallows find themselves marooned ashore by the shipwreck of their boat.

But if they can't have the island, there's always Swallowdale, the secret valley, hidden from the world and containing an extra secret concealed within it...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9780099427155

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A worthy successor to Swallows and Amazons. The crew explore the moors on the mainland.One of the surprises for me as a reader in the twenty-first century is the predominance of technically able girls in these books. The main crew--the Swallows--is composed of two boys and two girls. The eldest boy is captain, the youngest is ship's boy. The girls are Mate and Able-Seaman. The Amazons are both girls and the captain is a cut better seaman than Captain John of the Amazons. Each is a talented and diligent seaman according to their age. It is a breath of fresh air after so many stories where the girls are great at getting supper ready (though indeed the Mate is good at this as well), and everything else is the domain of the boys.

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