Astrid Lindgren - Seacrow Island
Astrid Lindgren - Seacrow Island
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Astrid Lindgren - Seacrow Island

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Summers in the Stockholm archipelago provide the backdrop for many exciting adventures; fishing net thieves, treasure hunts, distress calls at sea, seal-rescues, and lots more that’s both funny and a bit scary.

This book is a character-driven family story. The Melkerson family comprises father Melker, who is a widowed, deeply impractical, writer, rather scatterbrained, theatrical and ineffectual, except when he's not, obviously. We have twelve and thirteen-year-old Johan and Niklas and Pelle age 8. Malin, the 19-year-old daughter who is essentially the mother/housekeeper/responsible adult for this crowd.

Melker has impulsively rented a summer cottage. The cottage turns out to be dilapidated yet cozy, and the family is soon having little adventures. Their planned holiday doesn't quite go as expected at first: the island is only accessible by boat, they arrived in the pouring rain to a freezing cold, damp house with a leaky roof. Once the sun comes out, however, the Melkersons discover just how charming Seacrow Island is. From the old beyond her years little Tjorven and her dog, to the tomboyish girls Teddy and Freddy always ready for adventure, the Melkerson boys have a magical summer.

Age 6+

"This is a good story with a Swedish feel about it. At some point in the book, each chapter is an adventure all by itself. A beautiful story about the things that make life worth living"