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  • Published: 5 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448191024
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

The Big Six




Plunge into the Norfolk Broads as the Ds join up with the Coot Club once again - this time to solve a very baffling crime

‘Why shouldn’t we be detectives too?’

When Dick and Dorothea arrive in the Norfolk Broads all set for a blissful summer on the river, they find their friends the Death and Glories in a very bad situation. Accused of setting boats adrift, sabotage and theft, the boys are under suspicion by everyone on the river. And in the meantime, the real culprits are still at large. There’s no choice but to form a crime-busting team: The Big Six. As the evidence stacks against them, can they solve the mystery and trap the real criminals?

Includes exclusive material: In ‘The Backstory’ find out about birds, boats and fish and put your own detective skills to the test!

Vintage Children’s Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

  • Pub date: 5 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448191024
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

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 The Big Six

“Mr Ransome again equals or perhaps excels himself...every boy will vote this detective story super”

New Statesman

“In my early teens I read Arthur Ransome's books, The Coot Club and The Big Six... They impressed me so much that I persuaded my father to take me on holiday to the Norfolk Broads where we had great fun teaching ourselves to sail, all on the impetus of Ransome's books”

Aidan Chambers, Observer

“A continuation of Coot Club and as good as ever”

Observer

“The adventure, though engrossing, is only part of a book in which the cry and flight of birds, the small of water and tarry ropes, and the jargon of men and boys brought up to use their hands and senses are all delightfully plain to us”

Times Literary Supplement


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