On an uncharted island, the Swallows discover mysterious footprints of a very large animal and a dangerous enemy as well, another group of children known as “The Eels.” Thankfully, the Amazons are on their way!
The Swallows and their father, Navy Commander Ted Walker, planned a camping trip but father was called away on naval business. Instead of camping, Father sets them a challenge: use a dingy to explore and create a map of low-lying islands until he can return.
As the children explore the inlets, coves, mudflats, and estuaries, they end up in a friendly “war” with The Eels just as Bridget, Titty, and Roger are trapped in the middle of a ford by a rising tide.
Friendship, family, resourcefulness, and sailing, too: Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series has stood the test of time. More than just great stories, each one celebrates independence and initiative with a colorful, large cast of characters. Secret Water (originally published in 1939) is the eighth title in the Swallows and Amazons series, books for children or grownups, anyone captivated by a world of adventure and imagination, exploring and setting sail.
Once more the Swallows and the Amazons have a magnificent exploring adventure; once more Arthur Ransome has kept a complete record of their experiences, terrors, triumphs and set it down with the cunning that casts a spell.
—Times Literary Supplement