The author really does know how to write for children: in other words, he writes of what he himself delights in and so pleases without any effort both young and old. --The Nation
This book is both silvery present and golden retrospect. All that is tedious and sullen and deceptive vanishes in its sunniness as clouds vanish in the tempered air of a summer day. . . We think that the book will last, too, from edition unto edition. --Saturday Review
There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating. --Times Literary Supplement
From the Inside Flap
Shortlisted for the Keith Barker Millennium Children?s Books Award.
Aboard the Swallow, John, Susan, Titty and Roger find themselves under attack from the fierce Amazon Pirates, Nancy and Peggy.
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