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Book #29: Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome

Number of pages: 448

This is the second book in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series, bringing back all of the main characters from the original book. This is similar to its predecessor, but starts with two significant events:
1) The discovery of the titular Swallowdale, a "secret" valley on the main island where the story takes place.
2) The boat "Swallow" crashes, and spends most of the book being repaired, leaving its crew to spend most of the book acting like they have been shipwrecked.

This book also introduces the family of the Amazons (Nancy and Peggy), including their domineering Great Aunt, who grounds them for being late and makes them wear dresses, which they hate. I quite liked this angle of the story, as we didn't know so much about them in the original book.

The second half of the book involves the children exploring the island further, and culminates in the aftermath of a mountaineering expedition.

Like in the original book, the characterisation of the main characters is really good; in this case, especially Roger and Titty, who get some really enjoyable moments towards the end. I didn't think it was quite as good as the first book, but I still loved getting to read more about these characters and hope to keep reading; I already have a copy of the third book, Peter Duck.

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Tags: adventure, book review, british, classic, fiction, kidlit

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