Published in 1930, Swallows and Amazons is about six children who sail, camp, and find timeless adventure during a holiday in England’s Lake District. It is a literate book full of excitement, a little danger, and a quality of thinking, planning, and fun which is delightful and stimulating.
The many characters are distinct individuals – from the Australian mom to a neighboring farm wife to serious older siblings and the head-over-heels enthusiastic younger kids. The pace quickens when the sailboat battles occur and relaxes when the children collapse around the fire. Reading it, we lose ourselves in the golden days.