What RW says
Arthur Ransome meets The Famous Five as four youngsters follow a treasure trail and discover more than they bargained for.
Swallows and Amazons for the 21st Century. Two boys strike up a friendship when they are forced to share the same sailing-boat. This vessel turns out to be the first of a series of clues, leading them ever on with the promise of treasure, and drip feeding an ever increasing bounty. The boys have to master the craft of sailing in order to follow the trail, and as the quest takes on a life of its own, they get into deep water with a brutal pirate and a ruthless criminal gang, leading up to a breathtaking conclusion. Will they be able to escape with their lives?
What the Readers Say
"Two boys, Paul and Terry, club together and buy a Mirror sailing dinghy (Orinoco) from a mysterious old man. When they find a treasure map amongst the sails,
they take to the water with the help of Paul’s older brother and Terry’s older sister and embark on a series of often hilarious adventures as they make friends, an
enemy and follow a treasure trail left them by the old man. With a second boat that Terry gets for his birthday, and calls Starfire, they explore the creek,
solve the clues, overcome the odd disaster and find the booty. When they try to return it to the old man they find that he has gone away and left them a second mystery to solve.
Someone else is also seeking the treasure and the quest leads them all the way to the Lake District where they find themselves in a deadly tussle with hardened criminals.
Even as an adult I enjoyed reading this children’s adventure that is reminiscent of a mix between Swallow’s and Amazon’s and one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five adventures. As the characters apply children’s logic to the situations they find themselves in (and occasionally dig themselves in deeper and create mayhem) you share their adventures and find yourself routing for their success. There is sadness, danger and humour in a fine mix throughout. The characters are believable and easy to engage with. The story kept me interested and the writing style kept me reading. All in all, this book is worth a read and will suit older children and adults like me who have yet to grow up equally. There is a sequel."
"If you like Swallows and Amazons, or you are over the age of 10 and have ever been near the water or the Lake District, this is the book for you. It is an exciting story with a bit of sailing (not too much) in it, building to a breathtaking finish. Ideal for buying the children to read (or to read to them) during the summer holidays. I couldn't put it down."