Winter Holiday (Google eBook)

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1989 - Juvenile Fiction - 350 pages
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The fourth book in Arthur Ransome's classic series for children, winter holiday takes intrepid explorers John, Susan, Titty, and Roger Walker, and fearsome Amazon pirates Nancy and Peggy Blackett to the North Pole. Joined by budding novelist Dorothea Callum and her scientist brother Dick, the children plan an "Arctic" expedition. But unforeseen events separate the travelers and disaster nearly strikes in the exciting climax of their race to the Pole. Book jacket.
  

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Review: Winter Holiday (Swallows and Amazons #4)

User Review  - Mystery - Goodreads

My personal favourite in the Arthur Ransome "Swallows And Amazons" series. I can't quite explain why this particular novel is my favourite out of them all. Maybe the introduction of the cousins Dick ... Read full review

Review: Winter Holiday (Swallows and Amazons #4)

User Review  - Steve Johgart - Goodreads

This fourth book in the "Swallows and Amazons" series brings the children back to the Lake District, this time (as you might guess) in winter, where they have to spend an extra month in quarantine ... Read full review

Contents

STRANGERS
17
n SIGNALLING TO MASS
29
STRANGERS NO MORE
39
THE IGLOO
48
SKATING AND THE ALPHABET
60
SIGNALS
65
SNOW
76
VH ARCTIC VOYAGE
88
XVH NANCY SENDS A PICTURE
201
NANCYS QUESTION
203
XVm THE FRAM AT NIGHT
211
THE DS TAKE CHARGE
224
CAPTAIN NANCY GETS TWO BITS OF NEWS
236
CAPTAIN FLINT COMES HOME
242
NEXT MORNING
256
THE USES OF AN UNCLE
264

LOST LEADER
99
QUARANTINE
110
AMBULANCE WORK
143
TO SPTTZBERGEN BY ICE
155
NANCY TAKES A HAND
171
DAYS IN THE FRAM
182
SAILING SLEDGE
191
XXTV FLAG AT BBCKFOOT
275
COUNCIL IN THE FRAM
291
THE NORTH POLE 3XS XXVH TO THE RESCUE
322
XXVm ARCTIC NIGHT
332
AND AFTERWARDS
344
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Page 2 - COOT CLUB PIGEON POST WE DIDN'T MEAN TO GO TO SEA SECRET WATER THE BIG SIX MISSEE LEE THE PICTS AND THE MARTYRS GREAT NORTHERN?
Page 11 - We adored the place. Coming to it, we used to run down to the lake, dip our hands in and wish, as if we had just seen the new moon. Going away from it, we were half drowned in tears. While away from it, as children and as grown-ups, we dreamt about it. No matter where I was, wandering about the world, I used at night to look for the North Star and, in my mind's eye, could see the beloved skyline of great hills beneath it. Swallows and Amazons grew out of those old memories. I could not help writing...
Page 32 - Battle of Bannockburn, 1314. Bows and arrows.' Dorothea was off again. But Dick was no longer listening. One hundred and eighty-six thousand miles a second. Sixty times as far as that in a minute. Sixty times sixty times as far as that in an hour. Twenty-four hours in a day. Three hundred and sixty-five days in a year. Not counting leap years. And then three hundred years of it. Those little stars that seemed to speckle a not too dreadfully distant blue ceiling were farther away than he could make...
Page 11 - I have often been asked how I came to write Swallows and Amazons. The answer is that it had its beginning long, long ago when, as children, my brother, my sisters and I spent most of our holidays on a farm at the south end of Coniston. We played in or on the lake or on the hills above it, finding friends in the farmers and shepherds and charcoal-burners whose smoke rose from the coppice woods along the shore. We adored the place. Coming to it, we used to...
Page 28 - What's the good of thinking about them?" said Dorothea. "They might as well be in some different world." Dick started so sharply that he almost dropped his telescope. "Why not? Why not?

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About the author (1989)

Children's author Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds, England on January 18, 1884. As a child, he spent many vacations sailing, camping, and exploring the countryside in England's Lake Country. He studied chemistry for one year at Yorkshire College before dropping out to become a writer. He worked for a London publisher and then for the Manchester Guardian newspaper. He wrote his first book, Bohemia in London, in 1907 and went to study folklore in Russia in 1913. In 1916, he published Old Peter's Russian Tales, a collection of 21 folktales. During World War I, he became a reporter for the Daily News and covered the war on the Eastern Front. While in Russia, he also covered the Russian Revolution in 1917. He eventually settled in England's Lake District with his second wife. In 1929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons, which was the first book in his well-know Swallows and Amazons series about children who sail and explore the lakes and mountains of England. He drew inspiration for the books from his own childhood memories. In 1936, he won the Carnegie Medal for children's literature for Pigeon Post. He died on June 3, 1967.

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