The Swallows are marooned with just a little sailing boat for company - will they survive their chance to become true explorers?
'You’ll start with a blank map, that doesn’t do more than show roughly what’s water and what isn’t’
When the Walker family’s holiday plans are ruined by Daddy having to work, the whole summer seems lost at sea. But a dull holiday for the children is too miserable to bear so their parents hatch a plan. The Swallows are to be marooned on an island with only a blank map and a little sailing dinghy. Their task? To explore and chart the area, avoid the endless mud and survive. And what do they discover? Well, they might not be as alone as they first thought…
Includes exclusive content: In the 'Backstory' you can find out about some real life explorers!
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“Once more the Swallows and the Amazons have a magnificent exploring adventure, one more Mr Arthur Ransome has kept a complete record of their experiences, terrors, triumphs, and set it down with the cunning that casts a spell over new children and old”
Times Literary Supplement
“This time the Walker children are 'marooned' on an island somewhere in England, and for their adventures there is but one word - enchanting!”
“Many of the adventures were set in the Lakes, but my favourite is the one set at the other end of the country: Secret Water”
Graham Hoyland, Independent