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In his fifth volume of the Swallows and Amazons series, Ransome takes us as readers to a whole new setting. Leaving the Lake District and Coniston far behind, we follow Dick and Dorothea (newly introduced from "Winter Holiday") as they make friends during their stay in the Norfolk Broads. Adventure and engaging new characters spring up throughout the book, and readers who may be disappointed to find only passing references to the Walkers and Blacketts will soon be consoled by the quick pace and great characters. This is arguably the funniest of the Ransome classics, due mainly to such new, humorous characters. These range from the twins "Starboard" and "Port" and their affectionately termed "Aged Parent", to the rough-and-tumble salvager allies, to the Hullabaloos that soon make themselves everyone's enemies. This is an altogether delightful book, and like Ransome's others, it transports us into another world--one where everything is more wholesome, common-sense, and good-hearted than our modern world. Highly recommended for children and adults alike.
Set in England's Lake District, the elementary-aged protagonists have mild adventures while sailing their little boats and mostly avoiding the "natives," those who are on holiday and normal adults. Superb morals, beautiful language, and just the right amount of suspense for children.