Set in a corner of English countryside, so beautifully described that you feel like you've been there, this well-written book grabs you in the first chapter and takes you along on a great adventure. Between the 2 world wars, three boys are given the run of 500 acres of woodland for their summer holidays to "live off the land". Pat, Toby, and Nick are kept engagingly busy forging new friendships, finding food and shelter, getting to know their neighbours, and learning to make friends out of enemies. The story is both a window into a very unique time and place, and a reminder of the universality of childhood, friendship, and enjoyment of nature.Several line sketches. No dust jacket, there is some chipping of the back of the hard cover, plus a library stamp. Nonetheless very readable.