Great Northern?: A Scottish Adventure of Swallows and Amazons

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Finally! Here is the twelfth, and final, book in Arthur Ransome's acclaimed Swallows and Amazons series. People familiar with his earlier work will recognize the pattern: children set out on an adventure (this one off the coast of Scotland) with a minimum of parental advice and interference. Here, the story centers on a desperate race to thwart the efforts of pernicious egg collectors threatening the survival of a pair of rare birds not previously known to nest in British waters (actually, the bird is the ...
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Overview

Finally! Here is the twelfth, and final, book in Arthur Ransome's acclaimed Swallows and Amazons series. People familiar with his earlier work will recognize the pattern: children set out on an adventure (this one off the coast of Scotland) with a minimum of parental advice and interference. Here, the story centers on a desperate race to thwart the efforts of pernicious egg collectors threatening the survival of a pair of rare birds not previously known to nest in British waters (actually, the bird is the handsome North American "Great Northern Diver," more commonly called a loon).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455858200
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Series: Swallows and Amazons Series , #12
  • Format: CD
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    The Final Installment of the Ransome Classics

    Great Northern? is the concluding tale of the Ransome children's classics. Starring the original cast of the Walkers and the Blacketts (plus Uncle Jim/Captain Flint, of course, and even Dick and Dora), they trek to the far north of the British Isles in search of adventure. The children are all much older than when we first met them, and there is a certain undefineable air of finality that threads its way through it.

    Nevertheless, the novel spirit of adventure is still there, no matter how much more mature the characters may be. This adventurousness, coupled with an underlying message of common-sense environmentalism, make for a good story and a satisfying end to the series.

    I personally do not enjoy this one as much as the earlier books, perhaps because of the strange setting in Scotland. Still, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Ransome, sailing, and practical and wholesome children's books.

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