Seacrow Island by Astrid Lindgren

Seacrow Island

Written by Astrid Lindgren

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Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 When the Melkerson family rent a holiday home on the far away Seacrow Island they have no idea of the wonderful adventures that lie in store for them. Father Melkerson, a very unpractical man given to extreme emotions who needs a lot of looking after by his daughter Malin, rents a very run down house for his family for the summer. Luckily, kind neighbours help them to settle in and soon Johan, Niklas and Pelle, Melkerson’s sons are off fishing, boating and exploring with their new neighbours while Malin becomes the centre of attraction for the local young men. Days of island life fly by in this wonderfully witty and gentle Swedish summer adventure by the creator of Pippi Longstocking. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Seacrow Island by Astrid Lindgren

The day the Melkerson family arrive on Seacrow Island, it's a bit of a shock to their system. It's so quiet there-none of the shops and bustle they're used to. And the cottage they've rented for the summer is a little bit well ...basic. But what Seacrow Island does have is woods to wander in, fish to catch, boats to sail in, and all kinds of animals. And before long they find it has even more important things, too-adventure, fun, exploration, friends. Perhaps it's going to be leaving that's the really hard thing?

Translated by Evelyn Ramsden.


'This is without a doubt my favourite book by Astrid Lindgren.' Goodreads

About the Author

Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren was born Astrid Ericsson on November 14, 1907 on a farm called Nas outside the small town of Vimmerby in Sweden. As a child, Astrid loved to read, particularly books which had girls as the heroine. She loved Anne of Green Gables and the Pollyanna books. One of her strongest recollections as a child was meeting two pilots, Captains Sonders and Madicken. One of them tried to land on the roof of her house, or that is the way it looked at the time.

After attending public school, she moved to Stockholm and married Sture Lindgren. The Lindgrens had two children. Astrid wrote her first story, Britt-Mari Opens Her Heart, in 1944. Her second book, Pippi Longstocking, which she wrote as a present for her daughter's tenth birthday, was published in 1945. She received the Raben & Sjogren's Best Children's Book prize for Pippi and became a book editor for that publisher for many years. She also received numerous other honours and awards including the International Book Award.

Astrid published more than one hundred books in her lifetime and is still the most popular children's author in Sweden. Her books have been translated into more than sixty languages. She died in 2002, aged 94.

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304 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th April 2016




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