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Peter Duck (Swallows and Amazons #3)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  1,479 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
‘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 childr
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 20th 1983 by Jonathan Cape (first published 1932)
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Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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,
Steve Johgart
Aug 20, 2013 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
Jan 01, 2009 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.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ransome certainly knows how to work his way through a story. In some ways, I missed the delightful insights into childhoods of the 1930 in the first two books of the series, because this book is so focused on the plot of the treasure hunt, the pirates, the sea voyage, and the various meteorological happenings that keep things humming. You barely have time to come up for air, and new characters shift the focus from the Original Four Kids, who are very special kids indeed. But all that noted, the ...more
Jun 07, 2014 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
Aug 19, 2012 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
Mary Taitt
Jan 05, 2009 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.)
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 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
Jul 11, 2014 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.
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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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