Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series has captured the imaginations of two generations of readers (young and old). Jon Tucker conceived his Those Kids set of books as a potential feeder series to draw kids into Ransome’s larger twelve books.
Jon has crafted these books to cater for reluctant readers in the upper-primary and secondary school age-group who are likely to find the length and complexity of Arthur Ransome’s books too daunting. With chapter lengths limited to under 2500 words, the books are also suitable for adults to read aloud to children, and for time-challenged contemporary kids to read in manageable bites.
Already it appears that having gained confidence and interest from this series, a number of pre-teen readers have moved on to longer books of a similar genre, such as Arthur Ransome’s.