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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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By Amazon Customer on 05-15-17
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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By Andrew on 07-14-18
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 accuse of mischief . The Dead and Glory Lads are forced to display personal honor and integrity in the face of overwhelming condemnations by their small close knit community. Superb.