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Peter Duck (Swallows and Amazons #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,395 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
The Swallows and Amazons are sailing with Nancy and Peggy's Uncle Jim (better known as Captain Flint) when their hired deckhand tells them a tale of his younger days - a tale to set pulses racing and hopes shooting sky high. Soon their boat is on its way to a Caribbean treasure hunt and they find themselves up against shark, storm, earthquake - and the vilest pirate who ev ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 6th 2001 by Red Fox (first published 1932)
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Wendy
Jun 29, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
As a child these were my favourite books, I loved stories of adventure and my family holidayed in the English Lake District where these books are set so I knew the places they visited.
Whilst on holiday I would imagine meeting the Swallows and Amazons on every lake. At school my friends and I would play Swallows and Amazons. My best friend Sarah and I, being the only ones who were truly obsessed by the books would take charge and we would, of course, be the Amazons. Sarah was always Nancy and I,
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Steve Johgart
Aug 20, 2013 Steve Johgart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Steve by: My mom
Where in the first two books in the series the children create imaginary epic adventures out of ordinary vacations in England's Lake District, in this book they embark on a genuine epic adventure. They're off in the great two-masted sailing ship with Captain Flint and old tar Peter Duck on a treasure hunt in the Caribbean (or the Caribbees, as they call it). They are chased by a seriously evil pirate and his crew, experience a hurricane and an earthquake, and generally have a rousing, at times f ...more
Patricia
Jan 01, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I found and read the Swallows and Amazons series in my early 20s. I am only sorry I did not find them earlier. Stories of the family's summer adventures are beautifully written, and encourage responsible and creative living. Self reliance, intelligent reasoning skills, and strong imagination with these children provide an excellent backdrop for this series of books, as well as strong roll-models for any youngsters reading them.
Deborah
Jun 07, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite simply the best book ever wri... oh, hang on, isn't that what I put for Swallows and Amazons?

This has, of course, the natural dialogue, real characters, and detailed scenery you would expect from Arthur Ransome; and there are maps and diagrams for those of us who are weak in geography or the construction and operation of sailing vessels. It also has a carefully-paced, and quite brilliant, plot. Let it unfold, and you will suddenly and unexpectedly find your heart racing and your eyes readi
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Tim
Aug 19, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally unbelievable but leaves you wishing it were!
Of course this was a fantasy made up by the Swallows and Amazons and the Amazons uncle, Captain Flint. They had taken a boat on the Broads and as it rained most of the time they made up this story to while away the time. This explains the presence of Peter Duck who was Titty 's imaginary companion in Swallowdale.
It also explains how it is that Susan is suddenly able to produce edible meals, having never been able to do so before. You can do any
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Mary Taitt
Jan 05, 2009 Mary Taitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I love Arthur Ransome, and this book lives up to my hopes and expectations. This one is a cliff hanger. The Swallow and Amazon children go sailing in the ocean with Captain Flint, Peter Duck, an old sailor, and a boy--they get chased by pirates--real pirates in a search for buried treasure. It's a page-turner for sure. Lots of fun, excitement and danger.(Looking for a good book for a child? Start with Swallows and Amazons.)
Eleanor
My mum bought be the whole set of the "Swallows and Amazons" series as a child, and I also had them on audio tape. I much preferred listening to them than reading, because they made long car journeys pass quicker, and also the writing style of Arthur Ransome was, at times, hard going.



It was an inspiring book! Although I found reading such long narratives as a child tedious, I've come to appreciate the entire world of childhood freedom created by Ransome.
Kelsey Thomson
Feb 04, 2008 Kelsey Thomson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. Diffrent, yet kept all the things I loved from "Swallows and Amazons", and "Swallowdale". Still had that slow paced excitement and made me long to go to sea
Beth
Jul 11, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-jack
Jack and I loved this book. It is the third book in the Swallows and Amazons series - I liked it the best. Jack liked it too, but says book two is better.
Doug
Jun 09, 2017 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent tale of the high seas and of course the Amazons and Swallows play key roles in the story. Enjoyed it thoroughly and imagined myself onboard the "Wild Cat" too!
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

This third installment in the Swallows and Amazons series is a bit of a deviation from the first two. Unlike Swallows and Amazons and Swallowdale, it does not follow the Walkers and Blacketts on a real-life adventure. Instead, the story comes from their own imaginations, as they spin a tale about an old sailor, whom they name Peter Duck, and a treasure hunt in a real sailing ship christened The Wild Cat. Their imagined adventure includes many
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Melinda
This book is the 3rd of the "Swallows and Amazons" series of 12. While not our favorite, it is an interesting story and we certainly have enjoyed reading it aloud.

What is so delightful about this book is again the joyful flipping from reality into imaginative play. The Walker children and the Blackett sisters are once again involved in a wild adventure. However this story is of a different type. Peter Duck the character was introduced in "Swallowdale", the 2nd book in the series. In that book, P
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Jonathon Dabell
Mar 12, 2013 Jonathon Dabell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third Swallows and Amazons saga is, for me, the best so far. The story moves away from the Lake District and catches up with the same characters in Lowestoft, where they board a new bigger vessel and prepare for a sail around the real sea under the tutelage of Captain Flint. When Captain Flint picks up a new friend - the titular Peter Duck - things take a dramatic turn. For Peter Duck knows about a buried treasure in the Caribees... trouble is, some local cut-throats headed by the vile Black ...more
Jonathon Dabell
Feb 11, 2013 Jonathon Dabell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third Swallows and Amazons saga is, for me, the best so far. The story moves away from the Lake District and catches up with the same characters in Lowestoft, where they board a new bigger vessel and prepare for a sail around the real sea under the tutelage of Captain Flint. When Captain Flint picks up a new friend - the titular Peter Duck - things take a dramatic turn. For Peter Duck knows about a buried treasure in the Caribees... trouble is, some local cut-throats headed by the vile Black ...more
Gavin Felgate
Aug 19, 2016 Gavin Felgate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second sequel to Swallows and Amazons feels very different from its predecessors. It opens by introducing the eponymous Peter Duck. While in Swallowdale, this was the name of an imaginary friend, now Peter Duck is a real-life sailor, who tells the children a story of how he saw pirates burying gold on Crab Island.

It isn't long before all of the children seen in the previous novels set sail with Peter Duck and also Captain Flint to go in search of treasure. While this sounds a bit like the pl
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Jeff Van Campen
Jan 29, 2017 Jeff Van Campen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this over several months with my 7yo son. He loves all of the Swallows and Amazons books. Here's his review of this one:

“I'd give it googolplex stars. I loved it. My favourite part was that they went to look for the treasure. There were a few scary parts, but not too scary."

I agree. Peter Duck is a fantastic, swashbuckling tale of pirates, treasure and deserted islands. Old school and very enjoyable.

Unlike other Swallows and Amazons books, this isn't an adventure that happened to the Swal
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Claire
This was always my least favourite of the Swallows and Amazons series. I prefer the stories about the children's real-life adventures on the lake rather than the "made-up" story of Peter Duck. Still, it's an enjoyable book, especially when they get to the island and the plot really gets going.

My only real criticism is that there's a bit too much detail about sailing and the everyday experience of life on the boat, which gets a little heavy going if you're not an expert and don't understand most
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Thomas Shepherd
Oct 17, 2016 Thomas Shepherd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I originally read the Swallows and Amazons series it was not in chronological order so I am uncertain as to when I read this book. Being a Lowestoft boy (bred not born), I think this book already existed in the family library.

It stands alone from the rest of the cannon because it is truly neither a S&A book and nor a Coots one. It is Peter Duck's tale, invented by the Swallows and the Amazons during a winter holiday. It is obviously a fictious story, whilst the other invented tale, Mis
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D.M. Dutcher
In the third book of the series, the children are going on an ocean sailing voyage with their uncle. What starts out as a pleasure trip turns more serious when the old man Captain Flint hires to replace an absent seaman knows about an old treasure on a place called Crab Island. Some unsavory types know he knows, too, and soon Flint and the kids are dealing with real pirates, real deserted islands, and real, deadly weather.

I didn't like this one as much as the first because the book is more about
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John  Ashtone
This is the Third in the S & A series.

A note to all, it is later revealed (I can't remember which book but poss Pigeon Post or Winter Holiday) that this is a made up story told in the cold winter Holidays between Swallows and amazons and Swallowdale.

The reason for this is that actually the children are all the same age as in Swallowdale, which becomes apparent when later novels are all set at holiday intervals.

Also it will be noticeable to the better read, that the plot is Treasure Island
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Carolynne
Dec 04, 2009 Carolynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In _Swallows and Amazons_ the children play at being pirates; in _Peter Duck_they go off on a treasure hunt with their uncle Jim, aka Capt. Flint, and encounter real pirates. Peter Duck is a salty old seadog who has a lead on the treasure and who helps Capt. Flint and the children find it. This is a suspenseful, but implausible story. Still the realistic setails of the sea voyage--what a tremendous opportunity for six kids just learning how to sail. Even without the vicious pirates, this would b ...more
Logan
Logan says this is his favorite of the S&A series so far. Although they don't say so in the story, this is clearly not a "real" adventure for these fictional characters, what with the pirates and the fact that not once does Susan say "but we must tell Mother where we are!" even though they suddenly decide to leave off sailing the English Channel and instead go off to the Caribbees to find treasure with no fixed timeline. Again with the use of the N word, but this time, it's in reference to N ...more
Alexander Van Leadam
An interesting book if you're into things nautical, I suppose. Otherwise, even the thrill and excitement of a pirate treasure hunt is obscured by sailing and seafaring details. In the end, this attempt to combine Treasure Island with Swallows and Amazons lacks intensity and complexity. You can't have excitement and mystery if you spend page after page on trivial details of knots and tents. The only redeeming feature is the realism and pragmatism of the final outcome: the treasure is no big deal. ...more
Richard Thompson
Subtitle: A Treasure Hunt in the Caribbees.

This one is a little harder to believe as a "real" adventure. Captain Flint seems a little irresponsible taking his crew of children off across the Atlantic in search of a dubious treasure. On the other hand, Ransome used himself as a model for the Captain Flint character and, according to the biography we read of Ransome, he was more than a bit impulsive and irresponsible himself. The Black Jake baddy was a bit of a pirate stereotype. But still enterta
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Hillvan
This book has both the Amazons and Swallows, plus Uncle Jim. Through a series of happenings they end up looking for treasure on a dessert island. Along the way they run into a lot of nasty pirates, a volcano, an earthquake and then a water spout. This book is a bit more "rough" than the other books, (pirates wanting to kill, so there are definite bad guys). Yet so many great characteristics. Great team work, a sense of belonging, excitement, adults that care, responsible and self sufficient chil ...more
Linda Clader
Oct 13, 2013 Linda Clader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My fourth grade teacher read this to our class, and this is the second time I've re-read it since. A great yarn, starring a delightful bunch of English kids, plus pirates. In some ways the Swallows and Amazons stories are dated (pub. 1932), most obviously in the stereotypical sex-roles (e.g., the girls do all the shipboard housework, cooking, etc), but the female captain Nancy is much more heroic than her male counterpart. Lively writing, good suspense, and satisfying conclusion. Read it to your ...more
Joan
Sep 16, 2013 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure and sailing fans
Captain Flint (Uncle Jim) take the Swallows and Amazons on a sail to a tropical island in search of treasure followed by the bad guys. They have some wonderful times and frightening times but the bad guys get their poetic justice. This wouldn't be my favorite Swallows and Amazons but it is very good and lots of fun. Definite read if you are going through the series. I've always wanted to try sailing because of this series but how do you keep hearing aids dry in such an environment?
Jane Mackay
Apr 14, 2015 Jane Mackay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recommend reading this before SWALLOWDALE. PETER DUCK introduces Peter Duck (surprise!) and there is much mention of Peter Duck (the character) in Swallowdale, but none in WINTER HOLIDAY (book 4). If I'd read PD before Swallowdale, I would have understood the references to PD and Titty's particular connection with him and had a deeper understanding of the story -- which I LOVE, maybe even more than S&A -- as a whole.
David R. Godine
Dec 24, 2008 David R. Godine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
"In many ways Peter Duck is the best of the series."
Guardian

"This is the stuff of real imagination which might so easily happen . . . all the details are true to life, the ship is a real ship, with all its sails and rigging made familiar, and the voyage which those happy children make to southern seas and coral islands is the beautiful possibility of daring and freedom become living and credible."
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Stacy
Oct 24, 2016 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-alouds
It took us awhile to read this one. We set it aside for a couple of months over the summer and then picked it back up again to finish it and I'm glad we did.

I'll admit that we were a little disappointed to discover that this was a *story* made up by the children and not the regular adventures of the gang we so loved from Swallows and Amazons and Swallowdale, but it won us over in the end and proved to be a delight!
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Arthur Michell Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and educated in Windermere and Rugby. His family spent their summers at Nibthwaite, to the south of Coniston Water.

In 1902, Ransome abandoned a chemistry degree to become a publisher's office boy in London. He used this precarious existence to practise writing, producing several minor works before Bohemia in London (1907), a study of London's artist
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