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Book Summary:

The first title in Arthur Ransome’s classic series, originally published in 1930: for children, for grownups, for anyone captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Swallows and Amazons introduces the lovable Walker family, the camp on Wild Cat island, the able-bodied catboat Swallow, and the two intrepid Amazons, Nancy and Peggy Blackett.

John, Susan, Titty and Roger sail their boat, Swallow, to a deserted island for a summer camping trip. Exploring and playing sailors is an adventure in itself but the island holds more excitement in store. Two fierce Amazon Pirates, Nancy and Peggy, challenge them to war and a summer of battles and alliances ensues.


  • Reading level: Ages 9-100, Grades 3-12, adult
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: David R Godine (September 1, 1994)
  • Author: Arthur Ransome
  • Illustrator: Steven Spurrier(1st Edition)/Clifford Webb
  • ISBN-10: 087923573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879235734

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