Peter Duck: A Treasure Hunt in the Caribbees [NOOK Book]

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For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published in the UK over a half century ago, these books are still eagerly read by children, despite their length and their decidedly British protagonists. We attribute their success to two facts: first, Ransome is a great storyteller and, second, he clearly writes from first-hand experience. Independence and initiative are ...
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Peter Duck: A Treasure Hunt in the Caribbees

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Overview

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published in the UK over a half century ago, these books are still eagerly read by children, despite their length and their decidedly British protagonists. We attribute their success to two facts: first, Ransome is a great storyteller and, second, he clearly writes from first-hand experience. Independence and initiative are qualities any child can understand and every volume in this collection celebrates these virtues..

The third book in Arthur Ransome's wonderful series for children, Peter Duck takes intrepid explorers John, Susan, Titty, and Roger Walker and fearsome Amazon pirates Nancy and Peggy Blackett onto the high seas. Under the command of the infamous Captain Flint (Nancy and Peggy's Uncle Jim), the children brave a real-life pirate and his cutthroat crew, fogy, sharks, and the ravenous crabs of Crab Island in the search of buried treasure.

Six intrepid brothers and sisters crew out on the high seas where they brave every imaginable danger.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567924794
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1987
  • Series: Swallows & Amazons , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 943,656
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds, England in 1884. During World War I, he was a newspaper War Correspondent and traveled throughout Russia, China, and Egypt. He is best known for the immortal Swallows & Amazons series he wrote upon his return to England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    A Fantastic Swallows & Amazons Adventure Story-Within-The-Story

    "Peter Duck" tells a fantastic adventure story, starring the Swallows & Amazons themselves! It features treasure, pirates, and a beautifully described ocean sailing voyage. This tale was supposedly written by the Swallows & Amazons and Captain Flint during the winter holidays that fell between "Swallows & Amazons" and "Swallowdale".

    This book is a slight change of pace for the series, as the adventures which had largely occurred in the imaginations of the children are allowed to take full flight.

    Parents of younger readers should know that this book contains some fairly strong scenes of violence. Additionally, there is some language that is today regarded as unacceptably racist. However, it is an accurate portrayal of the speech and attitudes of that time, and the reader should not take this as an indication of the views of the author. In particular, you will note that none of the Swallows or Amazons ever say those things.

    Because this is a story-within-the-story, I have always set this book a little bit apart from the others in the series, along with "Missee Lee", the other similar book set in the Orient. It's a lot of fun, but it doesn't quite have the same meaning as the "real" stories.

    I found only two OCR errors, so someone worked very hard on the conversion:

    p155, "Yankee dipper", should be "Yankee clipper".

    p176, "This shore simply won't keep stiff" should be "This shore simply won't keep still".

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