The Big Six

The Big Six In this or less sequel to the adventures of Coot Club Arthur Ransome returns once to his beloved Norfolk Broads where trouble is again brewing for Joe Bill and Pete the three boatbuilders sons who

  • Title: The Big Six
  • Author: Arthur Ransome
  • ISBN: 9781567921199
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this or less sequel to the adventures of Coot Club, Arthur Ransome returns once to his beloved Norfolk Broads where trouble is again brewing for Joe, Bill, and Pete, the three boatbuilders sons who or less live full time aboard the Death and Glory and the three Coots, Tom, Dorothea and Dick The problem seems to be that boats are constantly being setIn this or less sequel to the adventures of Coot Club, Arthur Ransome returns once to his beloved Norfolk Broads where trouble is again brewing for Joe, Bill, and Pete, the three boatbuilders sons who or less live full time aboard the Death and Glory and the three Coots, Tom, Dorothea and Dick The problem seems to be that boats are constantly being set adrift, and all the evidence points squarely at the three Death and Glories In a clever bit of detective work, and with some help from a sophisticated photographic trap, the Big Six manage to exonerate themselves and catch the villains.Of course, this book, like all Ransome titles, is about a lot than clever detective work it has the smell of water and tarred rope, the sound of birds, and the plight of children left to their own devices and coping with everything from catching monster pike to trapping midnight eels.Ransome, who wrote these imperishable books, spent his childhood in England s Lake District, and after a career in journalism that took him to Russia where he married Trostsky s secretary , China, and Egypt interspersed with summers of cruising through the Baltic Sea and the canals of Europe , he retired to Coniston where he could practise his favorite pastimes of sailing and fishing and where he wrote Swallows and s What sets these books apart from other books of the period is both his attention to detail and his admirable ability to provide a wealth of practical information If kids still exist who wish to know how to read a compass, handle a main sheet, reef a sail, bait a hook, or pitch a tent, these are the books they ll embrace.
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    • Deborah says:

      This is probably my least favourite Ransome and I've never previously been able to work out why. But I think it's for two reasons:1. Quite a lot of it is actually quite miserable. It's no fun being hounded when you're innocent and even when Dick and Dot turn up, it's still quite hard going for the Death and Glories.2. There is stuff Dot isn't allowed to do just because she's a girl. I can't seriously believe for a second that the creator of Nancy Blackett thought this was correct - it's Mrs Barr [...]

    • Emily M says:

      Definitely my least favorite of the series thusfar. One of the most delightful things about Ransome's stories, at least to me as a homeschooling mother, is how understanding the adults are about letting the kids go off and have adventures. I aspire to be like the Best of All Natives or Mrs. Blackett, and Commander Walker is in my top five fictional father figures of all time. So the charm is how much the kids get to do on their own, while staying safely just within reach of parental supervision. [...]

    • Nicola Brown says:

      A really fun read.

    • Katie Fitzgerald says:

      This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.In the eight books of the Swallows and s series published prior to The Big Six, Arthur Ransome’s wonderful characters have imagined themselves in a whole host of situations. Sometimes they are sailors; at other times, they’re miners, at still other times, they’re explorers. This time around, the Death and Glories (Joe, Bill, and Pete) and Tom Dudgeon as well as Dick and Dorothea, fancy themselves detectives, and they’re not too far of [...]

    • BookSweetie says:

      THE BIG SIX is number 9 of 12 in the memorable and popular SWALLOWS AND S series by Arthur Ransome, published in the 1930s-40s; this particular one takes place in the Norfolk Broads of northeastern England, particularly the waterways and villages around Horning, and highlights self-reliant children who cooperate with one another in boating, fishing, and village life activities.Atypically, this book has a detective-style plot flavor and includes neither the Swallows (the Walkers) nor the s (the B [...]

    • Logan says:

      This sequel to The Coot Club has no Swallows or s. It returns to the Norfolk Broads and focuses mostly on the Coot Club's Death and Glories, with Dick and Dot having minor roles.I really have no idea how to rate this one. Logan loved it a lot, but at the same time, it was kind of frustrating for both of us that it's SO obvious who the culprit is and yet the kids just don't have a clue. Still, as always, Ransome comes through with amazing detail, adventure, and comradery, all of which so appeal t [...]

    • Melinda says:

      Ok, we are now reading aloud this "Swallows and s" book in the evening! See my review /review/show/ for "Coot Club" to get the setting for this book. We are once again in the Norfolk Broads (rivers), but this time detective work is the order of the day to prove that the "Death and Glories" are NOT the ones casting off boats in the middle of the night. *********************************************This book went in a bit long for us. There were just two or three (or four or five!) too many times w [...]

    • Steve Johgart says:

      Book 9 of the "Swallows and s" series that I loved so much when I was in upper elementary school. This book is a most enjoyable mystery story, featuring the characters from the earlier book in the series, "Coot Club". The book spins a tale of a group of ingenious young people turning detective to clear themselves of accusations of dastardly and illegal maritime deeds, and to catch the real perpetrators who were out to frame them. As always, Arthur Ransome creates wonderful characters, and in thi [...]

    • Richard Burton says:

      Who'd have thought there'd be a detective/mystery thriller book amongst the Swallows & s series? The Big Six returns to the Norfolk Broads and we meet again most of the cast of Coot Club (no S&As in this story). In fact this follows directly on from the actions of Coot Club where a boat was set adrift by one of the club members (for good reason, of course). This time dozens of boats are being set adrift and the blame is being placed squarely on the Death & Glory boys (who didn't do i [...]

    • Simon says:

      Back on the Norfolk Broads and another adventure. This one captures the pleasures of the outdoor life to children, the idea of wrongful accusation and a nice little detective story with young Dorothea in charge. The story of all of this is engaging but it comes at the expense of the absorbing evocation of place and time that mark out Ransome at his very best. Still, a very good read. As I've said earlier; I don't read these to re-capture my childhood or even to pretend to a childhood I never had [...]

    • Martyn says:

      I enjoyed the book, though I can't say I would be in any hurry to read it again. I don't know whether it was spoilt for me or improved by having seen an old TV series which followed the story very closely and captured the characters and the atmosphere very well - knowing what was going to happen took much of the suspense out of reading what was quite a long-winded, slow-moving, and repetitive book. A promising start - it's the first Arthur Ransome book I've read and I wouldn't be averse to readi [...]

    • Grillables says:

      The Coots and the D's return as they gather evidence to clear their good name. Not as exciting as some of the other Ransome books, but there's plenty of ingenuity shown as the detective work turns to trapping the real culprits in the act. Note references to flash powder and old-fashioned cameras might be a little confusing to kids used to digital cameras, though there is an interesting description of the children developing photos in a makeshift darkroom. Includes some terribly un-PC comments by [...]

    • Carolynne says:

      This sequel to _The Coot Club_ features Bill, Joe, and Pete (the "Death and Glories"), who are accused of setting boats loose from their moorings. With the help of Dick, Dorothea, and Tom Dudgeon, and some clever detective work, they are able to discover the real culprits. Not as refreshing a story as _The Coot Club_, but still evocative of the Norfolk Broads and full of sailing and boating details.

    • Patricia says:

      I found and read the Swallows and s 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.

    • Tim says:

      With the same cast as in Coot Club this is a welcome return.Once again the characters have almost equal billing although perhaps Dick and certainly Dot are in the lead. Detective work in finding out who is casting boats adrift and stealing.The title is supposedly derived from the Big Five as Dot explains. Being a group of top Scotland Yard detectives but there is six of them.

    • Mumbler says:

      The second half is much freer from the flaws. There is one quick but nasty other problem--a child describes a photographic negative, of a face, with the N-word. Other than that -It was wonderful.Read it during the run of 'The Borrowers'!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Not my favorite, but still a decently good story. It was frustrating that through the majority of the book, no one believed the Death and Glories, but but I knew it would come right at the end (what kind of children's book doesn't?). Not sure if this constitutes spoilers

    • Jed Mayer says:

      A little short on the sailing angle that makes this series so addictive, but nevertheless, a marvelous evocation of a time and place that is, perhaps, irrecoverable; reading Ransome is always like reliving the greatest summer getaway you ever had.

    • Rose says:

      The Big Six by Arthur Ransome (2001)

    • Kate B says:

      I loved all the Swallows and s books as a child. The Big Six has the cleverest plot.

    • Kate says:

      A frustrating story. Not AR's best.

    • Claire Haeg says:

      Not my favourite, but at least it's not Peter Duck.

    • Kathryn McCary says:

      Ninth of the Swallows & s. Back to Norfolk, the Coots and the Ds, and a hilarious detective story.

    • Michele says:

      Continuing my re reading of Arthur Ransome's wonderful books. The fact that I have reread these many a time since childhood and am now nearing 50 says it all really.

    • Rebecca says:

      Not the best of the Swallows and s grouping, but I always like the books with the three shipbuilders boys, as it gives the stories a new flavor. Definitely prefer Coot Club to this one, though.

    • Vincent Ripley says:

      Great family fun, maybe a little bit dated now, still enjoyed it. Not the best one in the series.

    • Shawn says:

      This story has become one of my favorite Swallows and s stories.

    • Jane Mackay says:

      I love the Coot Club and was happy to spend time with them again.

    • Carolien says:

      LA County library, Marina de Rey

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