The crew’s on holiday, and they turn their energies to mining for gold, aided by pigeon messengers Homer, Sophocles, and Sappho. The adventurers comb the nearby hills for a fabled lost claim, while being shadowed by a mysterious figure they dub “squashy hat.” Undeterred by drought, sudden brushfires, and the continuing presence of Squashy Hat, the young prospectors persevere in their quest—with surprising results. Full of the dangers and dark adventurers of old mines and forgotten claims, Pigeon Post has an irresistible appeal to the persistent explorer in every child.
“There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun in connection with a gold-mind. The ingenuity of this group of children is delightful and stimulating.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“These books about the four Walker children and the two Blackett girls, who spend their vacations in the English Lake Country sailing and camping on their own, are truly first rate.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
Arthur Ransome was born in 1884. He was in Russia in 1917 and witnessed the Revolution, which he reported for the Manchester Guardian. After escaping to Scandinavia, he settled in the Lake District of England with his Russian wife where, in 1929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons. Thus began a writing career that has produced some of the best children s literature of all time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of the Top 3 Ransome books. I read this one over and over. I love the idea of the mining expedition, and the Swallows, Amazons, and D's are all present.
In "Pigeon Post", Ransome once again brings us into the magical, adventurous world of the Lake District, and we reunite with the beloved and original Swallows and Amazons. However, sailing is out this summer, and prospecting is in. Drawn by rumors of a lost gold claim, the friends form an expedition party and venture far into the fells looking for pay dirt. Whether they find it or not, I will leave for the reader to discover. This Ransome book is rather unusual, mainly due to the near absence of both sailing and Captain Flint. Still, the action and excitement is unflagging, and along the way both the children and their fans will learn much about mining, independent adventure, and even the use of messenger pigeons. I enjoyed reading it very much. I recommend this book to any fan of Ransome and to anyone who enjoys wholesome, energetic children's literature.