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We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea

We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea

Swallows & Amazons Book 7

by Arthur Ransome

Part of: Swallows and Amazons

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ISBN: 978-1-56792-487-9
Pages: 352
Size: 5.5" x 8"
Published: May 2014
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The Swallows break a promise to their mother and the four young sailors find themselves drifting out to sea—and then sweeping across to Holland in the midst of a full gale!

The Swallows only meant to sail within an estuary on a borrowed boat. They didn’t mean to get stranded in the fog, lose their anchor in a storm, and be driven out into the North Sea. John is nearly swept overboard, their ship almost capsizes—and Susan really regrets not doing as their mother asked. And their father, Navy Commander Ted Walker, is due back from his posting in Hong Kong any time and they might miss seeing him.

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. We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea (originally published in 1937) is the seventh title in the Swallows and Amazons series, books for children or grownups, anyone captivated by a world of adventure, exploration, and imagination.

Arthur Ransome
Arthur Ransome was an English author and journalist. He is best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books about the school-holiday adventures of children, mostly in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads. Many of the books involve sailing; fishing and camping are other common subjects. The books remain popular and Swallows and Amazons is the basis for a tourist industry around Windermere and Coniston Water, the two lakes Ransome adapted as his fictional North Country lake.