" Barbecued billygoats! Can you imagine finding gold? That s just what the Swallows and Amazons and Dick and Dorothea decide to hunt for in the hills high above the lake. But it s a hot and dry summer and water is in scarce supply. Worse still for the troubled campers, they have competition- Squashy Hat. Anybody can see he is a prospector. And talk about squashy hats! The children have never seen squashier. Just who is he and what sort of traps is he laying? Using pigeons to carry messages, braving dangerous mines and fires, the Swallows, Amazons and D s Mining Company must stake their claim before their dreaded rival... Includes exclusive material- In The Backstory you can test your knowledge of the book and learn all about homing pigeons! Vintage Children s Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ."