We just finished reading this book aloud in the evenings. It is #6 in the "Swallows and Amazon" series. While not our favorite book of the series, it still is such a delightful book to read.I was introduced to these books in elementary school. The entire set was probably on the library shelf, but I only remember "Swallows and Amazons". What a fun thing to find them again, and read them with new eyes and return to those thrilling days of yesteryear when the Walker children ran about the Lake District of England!This book picks up back in the Lake District with the Swallows and the Amazons (Walker children and Blackett sisters) and the D's (Dick and Dorthea). A fascinating aspect of all these books is that the children age as the books progress. The children this time turn their energies to mining for gold, all so that Uncle Jim (aka Captain Flint) will then have time to join them in some of their adventures. The summer is a hot one, made worse by the lack of rain. So when a fire starts near the mine, it is the courageous children who send a pigeon back to the main house to get help in fighting it! These pigeons had been use to let Mrs. Blackett get daily reports from the explorers. This time they save the day, and get the fire brigade to the fire in time.