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Books TitleRECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

J) VACATION (HOLIDAY) ADVENTURE

ATKINSON, M.E.
“August Adventure” (1936)
The first of many books featuring the Lockett family and others, resourceful British children -- often on their own -- who keep getting mixed up in adventures. This first book is about a cross-country caravan with a horse and cart. Good characters and inventive plots keep this series from being too predictable.

BINNS, ARCHIE
“The Enchanted Islands” (1956)
Sailing among the many small islands of the Washington State coast is the setting for this enjoyable holiday adventure.

BLYTON, ENID
“The Castle of Adventure” (1946)
First of a series about four British children and their pet parrot who spend their summers getting into adventures. This one involves a haunted castle, a gypsy girl, and smugglers. Blyton’s characters are engaging, though the series does get predictable after the first few.

COATSWORTH, ELIZABETH
“Houseboat Summer” (1942)
A group of children come to live with their aunt and uncle and are surprised to see their house is mobile. A summer of exploration follows.

ENRIGHT, ELIZABETH
“Gone-Away Lake” (1957)
Exploring the woods near their summer home, two children discover a dried-out lake with a row of Victorian houses that have long been abandoned...almost. The two old people they befriend there are a window into the lake’s past. Wonderful writing in this and the sequel, “Return to Gone-Away”.  Look also for her “Thimble Summer”, detailing a girl’s adventures in rural Wisconsin.

HODGES, MARGARET
“The High Riders” (1980)
Larry comes from the US to work with his school’s rowing team in England’s Henly Regatta, but soon finds himself drawn into the lives of the people in the small village where he’s staying.

HULL, KATHARINE and PAMELA WHITLOCK
“The Far-Distant Oxus” (1938)
One would never guess that this book and it’s two sequels were written by two English teenagers, inspired by the books of Arthur Ransome. These fine stories take place on the rolling hills of Exmoor, where a group of children meet a mysterious boy living on his own who leads them into adventures on horseback and by raft.

JEFFERIES, RICHARD
“Bevis” (1882)
In England’s Wilshire countryside two boys spend the summer building a boat and sailing it on a lake, as well as camping and exploring, and planning their own battles.

MAYNE, WILLIAM
“Summer Visitors” (1961)
Michael, a city boy, feels out of place in his summer camp in Yorkshire, but he meets a local family and with them learns to appreciate country life and helps solve a local mystery.

RANSOME, ARTHUR
“Swallows and Amazons” (1930)
and eleven other similar books, easily the best in this category. In England’s lake district, four children are given permission to sail a small boat on their own, and camp on their lake’s island. Soon they are involved in a lake-wide battle with two girls and their piratical uncle. Ransome paints a loving portrait of his own childhood haunts, and his characters are well-developed and real. Their adventures, too, are ones that children can see themselves doing, if they only had the chance. Later books move to other areas of England, but all involve sailing. Only “Missee Lee” and “Peter Duck” are less convincing in their make-believe settings.

SEVERN, DAVID
“Hermit in the Hills” (1945)
“The Cruise of the Maiden Castle” (1948)
Favorite examples from Severn’s two series about British children on holiday. In the “Crusoe” books, a group of children befriend a young man of that name who takes them on outdoor adventures. “Hermit” is particularly atmospheric, taking place in Welsh sheep country. “Maiden Castle” is a canal boat, piloted by the Warner children on their own through the scenic canals of England.

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