We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea by Arthur Ransome

We Didn't Mean to Go to SeaAn oldie but goodie, first published in 1937, as part of the Swallows and Amazons series. Ransome had won the very first Carnegie medal for a previous book.

Set in the South of England, siblings John, Susan, and Roger – avid sailors aged about 7, 12 and 14 – embark on an unexpected and challenging adventure when their college-age friend is injured, the anchor breaks and they are swept out to sea, on their own. Realistic, humorous, as well as frightening and exciting, this is a treasure for both adults and kids.

Reviewed by Margaret

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