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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (6 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099427192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099427193
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In its own class and wearing several gold stars for distinction, Pigeon Post stands head and shoulders above the average adventure book for and of children" (The Times)

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A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

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Format: Paperback
It's a long hot summer holiday, and the Swallows, Amazons and Ds decide to spend it in the hills. They are on a hunt for gold and they train pigeons to carry messages to Mrs Blackett so she can make sure that they are all right. They know that a friend called Timothy is coming to stay, but who or what is he? Things turn out very differently to how the children expect. It is a very good book by Arthur Ransome.
by Jessie Acton, aged 9.
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In this sixth 'S & A' adventure, summer has come once more, and the Swallows are back in the Lake District, together with the two D's, on another holiday with their boating friends, the Amazon pirates. This time, the children desert the lake and take instead to the High Topps, prospecting for gold.
While adult readers will be unable to do other than admire the children's enthusiasm (sufficiently infectious to draw most young readers into it wholesale), they will probably have a feeling of impending disaster from quite early on, in this book. The Amazons' impetuous natures, combined with the others' general inexperience and limited knowledge of mining and its chemistry, lead them all (except, perhaps, the more sensible Susan!) into more scrapes, as well as rather more dangerous situations, than usual.
This leads to a different (but no less absorbing) desire to keep reading this tale than that likely to affect the more naïve younger reader. Both young and old are, nevertheless, likely to spend much of the time on tenterhooks during this book, as the young prospectors explore old mine workings, try their hand at charcoal burning and build and operate a blast furnace in their camp, out on the tinder-dry fells! For once, one can only feel something of a sense of relief that times have changed since 1936, when this was written! One can't help feeling - and being grateful for the fact - that modern children would not be terribly interested in repeating some of the activities undertaken here.
In summary, then, "Pigeon Post" is every bit as exciting (and at times far more nerve-wracking) and educational as the other books in this series: another winner from Arthur Ransome.
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Pigeon Post is probably the best episode in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series. It contains all the usual hardships of an adventure as the eight children spend their summer holidays hunting for gold in the lake district.

The plot is amazingly detailed and full of the slightly educational aspects that Ransome so brilliantly slips in. Twists and turns come at a good rate and his writing so effortlessly captures the reader's imagination. He even manages to include in-jokes using Dot, the writer amongst the group.

The characters are treated well, and the focus is shifted down onto the younger four now that John, Susan and the Amazons have aged two years since the first book, in order to keep the narrative on a level with the planned audience. All four are treated well and have very different personalities that leap off the page.

For all this, it is truly deserving of five stars and all the other accolades it has received. One of the best children's novels I've ever had the pleasure to read.
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Ransome is at his best in this wonderfully rich, packed novel which shows up sharply how thin contemporary children's literature tends to be. The characters are three dimensional and as believable today as when they were created. Captain Nancy is determined to find gold in the Lake District hills behind her home in order to keep her errant Uncle Jim near-at-hand. The resultant story is not only fascinating in its detail of such diverse topics as dowsing and charcoal making but culminates in a tense fight against a hill fire. Wonderful stuff.
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As I re-read the entire collection of "Swallows and Amazons" stories, the latest is always my favourite, but I think this one is probably the best constructed and most rivetting of them all (sadly finished the lot now!) No wonder it won a prize. It combines really well depicted characters, who complement each other (and rarely disagree) with an amazing plot. I loved the "Famous Five" but these books are much better.
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I recommend reading Swallows and Amazons, the first book in the series, first.
I liked Pigeon Post, because it was a different style of book than Swallows and Amazons. Swallows and Amazons took place on the lake and involved sailing. In Swallows and Amazons, the children pretended that everything was something else. Pigeon Post takes place entirely on land. In Pigeon Post, they don't pretend as much. In Pigeon Post, the characters seem more serious and older.
In this book, the children -- the Swallows, Amazons, and Ds -- go prospecting for gold. Squashy Hat, a mysterious character, is looking for it, too. Using pigeons to communicate with home, they go to the mountains behind Beckfoot -- the Amazons' house.
This book is really exciting. I couldn't put it down.
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It's interesting to delve back in time to see what middle class kids got up to in the '30's.I know my parents weren't prospesting for gold or sailing their dinghy in the lake district on their summer hols, but this is shear fantasy at it's best.
It doesn't matter about your social awareness it's about immersing yourself in the adventure. This book is similar to the other Swallows & Amazons novels except boats don't really feature.
Ransome's technical terminology and explanations are still streets ahead of today's childrens writers. His discriptive talents are at times so vivid you can see the landscapes and childrens movements and expressions quite clearly in your minds eye.
As a 53 year old child this book is even more enjoyable than the Harry Potter series of today. If I was an average 10 year old, I don't know if I could relate as easily. It would be good to hear from more parents and teachers who have introduced Ransome,s novels to their charges.
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