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By Arthur Ransome

Reunited for the summer time, the Swallows and Amazons with Dick and Dorothea release a prospecting excursion to discover the misplaced gold mine of the excessive hills above the lake. however the mining camp runs into every type of hassle: not just the risk of fireplace within the drought ridden nation-state but in addition frightening encounters with hazardous tunnels. Worst of all is the sinister Squashy Hat, who seems to be a rival prospector and who's definitely a secret agent - how can they maintain operating with no him studying what they've found?

(Originally released in 1936)

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