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  • Published: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099573647
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $19.99

Peter Duck




The third thrilling tale in the much-loved Swallows and Amazons series

‘Why do they call him Black Jake? Is it because of his hair?’ Titty asked.
‘Because of his heart’ said Peter Duck

The Swallows and Amazons, as well as Captain Flint and the ancient able seaman Peter Duck, set sail on the Wild Cat bound for the Channel. But they are shadowed by the Viper, manned by none other than Black Jake - a beastly pirate with a dark plan. Can the children race ahead and uncover the buried treasure before the pirate? Can they survive storms, earthquakes, crabs and even a waterspout and make it home?

  • Pub date: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099573647
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Arthur Ransome

Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and went to school at Rugby. 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 with his Russian wife where, in 1929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons. And so began a writing career which has produced some of the real children's treasures of all time. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for his book, Pigeon Post.

Ransome died in 1967. He and his wife Evgenia lie buried in the churchyard of St Paul's Church, Rusland, in the southern Lake District.

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Praise for Peter Duck

“Full of nostalgia for a time when summer holidays seemed to go on forever, unaccompanied children could sail off on adventures together, and ginger beer was ever-present. And the appeal of such things still remains”

Independent

“The children are kind to each other, the parents are loving, and there's no violence - it's hard to imagine nowadays, and it's all the more charming for that”

Daily Telegraph

“Robinson Crusoe meets The Famous Five in tales of sailing and ginger beer”

Sunday Telegraph

“So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!”

National Association for the Teaching of English


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