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The new film adaptation of Swallows and Amazons has come out to great acclaim in the UK and I urge everyone to see it and to buy Arthur Ransome's book. Swallows and Amazons was a great inspiration for my traditional children's adventure The Bellamy Bird. Modern children will watch the film and read the book and marvel at the freedom children once had to explore without adult intervention. I am hoping the new film inspires a new generation of writing about adventure for middle grade readers. Take a look at this list of Ransome-inspired works on Goodreads for more ideas of what to read next, vote (please!) and add more titles!
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Clare grew up in Constable Country not far from East Trimley where Kate Summers and Detective Vicky Allard solve their local mysteries and where The Bellamy Bird is set. Clare lived for many years on a street in Manhattan just like the street where Bella and Felix live although she was never chased through Central Park at night by a couple of failed fashion-world gangsters. Clare now lives on a high cliff next to a lighthouse in Australia where she plots and writes with her faithful chocolate labrador by her side.
Clare Havens's books on Goodreads
The Secret Formula (Bella Street Mysteries, #1)
ratings: 38 (avg rating 4.08)
Writer's Block (Constable Country Mysteries #1)
ratings: 16 (avg rating 3.62)
Doc Gutson's Revenge (Bella Street Mysteries, #2)
ratings: 12 (avg rating 4.50)
The Bellamy Bird
ratings: 16 (avg rating 4.50)
Still Waters (Constable Country Mysteries 2)
ratings: 6 (avg rating 4.83)
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